Oral Arguments are Presented in Attempt to Have Death Penalty Re-instated for Joe Corcoran

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Dec 3, 2007 at 6:44 PM EDT

A federal appeals court in Chicago heard arguments Monday in an attempt by the Indiana Attorney General to have the death penalty reinstated against mass murderer Joseph Corcoran.

Corcoran went on a shooting rampage at a Bayer Avenue home in Fort Wayne in 1997, killing four people, including his own brother.

Corcoran was convicted and sentenced to die, but earlier this year, a U-S District Court Judge threw out the death penalty, claiming Allen County Prosecutor Bob Gevers had inappropriately pursued capital punishment because Corcoran had turned down a form of a plea bargain.

There is no deadline for a ruling by the federal appeals court.

Corcoran was acquitted in the early 1990’s of killing his parents in Hamilton Indiana.

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