Former Death Row Inmate Paula Cooper Dead in Apparent Suicide

Indianapolis police said 45-year-old Paula Cooper was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound outside an Indianapolis home on Tuesday.
Cooper had been released from prison about two years ago, after the Indiana supreme court set aside her death sentence and gave her a 60-year prison term.
She was 16 when she was sentenced to death in 1986 after confessing to her role in the murder of a 78-year-old Bible studies teacher the year before. Cooper admitted stabbing Ruth Pelke 33 times with a 12-inch butcher knife in a robbery that netted four youths $10 and an old car.



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