After an emotional trial, a Pittsburgh jury voted to impose the death penalty on Richard Poplawski for killing three Pittsburgh police officers in 2009, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. More than 100 police officers lined the hallway in silence as Poplawski was led away. “This was a chance for them to see Richard Poplawski,” said Deputy Police Chief Paul Donaldson. “And to see the face of evil.”
Poplawski had been found guilty of ambushing three the officers as they arrived at his home for a simple domestic dispute. The officers had rsponded to a call from Poplawski’s mother after she had an argument with her son, who lived with her. Despite the verdict, the odds for an actual execution are uncertain. Pennsylvania last executed a murderer in 1995, and that was the first one in 33 years.