Del. court upholds death sentence

November 5, 2009 11:49:22 AM PST
The state Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a killer who shot a man talking to his ex-girlfriend.

Twenty-five-year-old Shannon Johnson was sentenced to death last year for the 2006 murder of Cameron Hamelin. Hamelin was shot while sitting in his car in Wilmington with Johnson's ex-girlfriend, Lakeisha Truitt.

Johnson shot Truitt a few weeks after Hamelin's murder, but she survived and testified against him.

In sentencing Johnson to death, the judge noted his long criminal history, including the 2002 rape of a teenager who was seven months pregnant.

Johnson argued on appeal that the trial court should have excluded certain evidence, including details about the rape conviction.

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