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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