California’s Scott Forrest Collins was 21 when he robbed and shot Fred Rose, a 41-year-old father of three, “execution-style” in January 1992. Now Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon wants a judge to vacate Collins’ death sentence.
The embattled DA is a staunch opponent of the death penalty but also facing a second recall petition after just over a year in office. He is now accused by Rose’s family of pushing to resentence the convicted murderer to life without parole without properly informing them – and of handling the case like a defense attorney rather than a prosecutor.
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