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Cop-killin' nigger spared death penalty (http://www.wabashplaindealer.com/articles/2008/10/18/state_news/state2.txt)
Man who shot Gary officer won't face death penalty
INDIANAPOLIS - A man convicted of killing a Gary police officer in 1981 will not face the death penalty a third time.
Zolo Agona Azania, 53, agreed to a deal with prosecutors Friday to avoid execution. Azania's third death penalty trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in Fort Wayne, where his previous two trials were held because of pretrial publicity in northwestern Indiana.
Allen County juries sentenced Azania, formerly known as Rufus Averhart, to death twice for killing Gary police Lt. George Yaros during a bank robbery. The state Supreme Court overturned the sentences but upheld the conviction.
Prosecutors said they agreed to the deal because many witnesses had died or were no longer available due to the passage of time.
‘‘It was a difficult decision to agree to less than a death penalty in this case,'' said Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter.
Carter said the judge who would have presided over the trial agreed to the plea deal Friday.
‘‘This provides closure for the family and for everyone involved,'' Carter said.
Azania would remain in prison for at least 10 more years under the agreement. With time already served, he would have faced three more years in prison under a 74-year-sentence on the murder charge. But he also agreed to plead guilty to bank robbery and receive a 14-year sentence. In Indiana, inmates generally are released after serving about half of their formal sentence.
‘‘I have mixed emotions about this,'' said Yaros' son, Tim Yaros of Valparaiso. ‘‘My mom wants closure. Now she can say she saw justice for the man who killed her husband.''
The Azania case has dragged on for more than two decades after the sentencing phases of his trial were marred with controversy. His first death sentence in 1982 was overturned because of ineffective defense attorneys. The second, in 1996, was disallowed after officials discovered a computer glitch that limited the number of blacks eligible for jury service in Allen County. Azania is black.
Coon-victed in 1981 for murdering a cop and given the death penalty. 1981!!!
How is such a story like this even possible?? Only in this sick nation of perverted laws and polluted courts of law!!! Disgusting to read of how weak our laws have become!!! There really is no justice anymore except what you make for yourself.... The family of that slain cop must be out of their minds over this situation!! This nigger should have been executed decades ago!!!
10-19-2008, 01:20 PM
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10-19-2008, 01:23 PM
Lieutenant George Yaros (http://www.odmp.org/officer/14578-lieutenant-george-yaros)
Gary Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 11, 1981
Tour of Duty: 29 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, August 11, 1981
Weapon Used: Handgun; .44 caliber
Suspect Info: Convicted of murder
Lieutenant George Yaros was shot and killed responding to a bank robbery at the Gary National Bank while on duty.
When Lieutenant Yaros arrived on the scene, he was shot by one of the three robbery suspects. As the suspects fled to their getaway car, the same suspect shot Lieutenant Yaros at close range. A high-speed pursuit and shootout by police resulted in the suspect's car crashing into a tree. The shooter fled on foot and with the aid of bystanders was discovered walking nearby before being apprehended.
All three suspects were charged and convicted of murder, but the jury recommended death only for the shooter with the other two suspects being sentenced to 60 years in prison. One of those two offenders was denied parole on January 22, 2008.
In 1993, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the conviction, but overturned the shooter's death sentence. Following a new jury's recommendation, he was again sentenced to death in 1996, but the Indiana Supreme Court overturned this death sentence in 2002. In November 2007, the Indiana Supreme Court granted the State's petition for rehearing and held the offender should be re-sentenced under a post-2002 death penalty statute, but without the availability of life without parole.
Lieutenant Yaros had served with the Gary Police Department for 29 years and was due to retire in six months to take a job at the bank where he was killed. He served in World War II as a paratrooper for the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured and taken prisoner by the Germans and put in a POW camp, only to escape.
Lieutenant Yaros was survived by his wife and three children.
That is very good work there, Whitebear!! Nice job of uncovering those additional facts on the cop victim. This is a sad tale for sure!
02-04-2017, 05:38 AM
Convicted Cop Killer Set To Be Freed Next Week
February 3, 2017 10:00 PM
(CBS) – A man who was sentenced to death for killing a Gary, Ind. police officer is now about to walk free.
Lt. George Yaros was 57 and nearing retirement when he was killed in the line of duty in 1981.
Yaros was responding to a bank robbery. He was shot as robbers escaped out the back, guns blazing. As the World War II veteran lay wounded, prosecutors and witnesses said one robber, Rufus Lee Averhart, stopped and fired the fatal shot into the officer’s chest.
Averhart, who changed his name to Zolo Azania in prison, has been behind bars since. He denies the crime, despite two convictions and death sentences. But after a series of appeals and, ultimately, a plea deal, the Yaros family is preparing for him to walk out of prison Monday.
Justice, says Tim’s wife, not served.
The family does not buy Azania’s claim he’s changed. They note he killed another man before the 1981 murder.
The Yaroses say they’ve been told the soon-to-be-released convict plans to live in Gary, about 20 minutes from where they live now.
Azania’s attorney did not return calls seeking comment. When he walks next week, he will have served 35 years of a 74-year sentence.
Twice sentenced to death, Zolo Azania leaves prison Monday. Those touched by the life and death of a Gary cop say Azania’s release “doesn’t make sense."
Lt. George Yaros. | Sun-Times file photo
02-04-2017, 12:49 PM
Convicted Black Killer (of White police officer) Set To Be Freed Next Week - "No Justice - No Peace" (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/02/03/convicted-cop-killer-set-to-be-freed-next-week/)
http://www.newnation.org/Images/2017/RufusLeeAverhart.jpghttp://www.newnation.org/Images/2017/ZoloAzania.jpghttp://www.newnation.org/Images/2017/GeorgeYaros.jpgA man who was sentenced to death for killing a Gary, Ind. police officer is now about to walk free. Lt. George Yaros was 57 and nearing retirement when he was killed in the line of duty in 1981. Yaros was responding to a bank robbery. He was shot as robbers escaped out the back, guns blazing. As the World War II veteran lay wounded, prosecutors and witnesses said one robber, Rufus Lee Averhart, stopped and fired the fatal shot into the officer’s chest. His son later saw his dad at the hospital. “Sometimes I think I wish I wouldn’t have seen it, because I think about it sometimes,” Tim Yaros says. “Other times, I say I’m glad I saw it, because I know what he did to my dad.” Averhart, who changed his name to Zolo Azania in prison, has been behind bars since. He denies the crime, despite two convictions and death sentences. But after a series of appeals and, ultimately, a plea deal, the Yaros family is preparing for him to walk out of prison Monday. Justice, says Tim’s wife, not served. The family does not buy Azania’s claim he’s changed. They note he killed another man before the 1981 murder. - (Black-on-white (http://www.newnation.org/NNN-Black-on-White.html))
Black murderer goes free - WHY?
Deuteronomy 5:17 (http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/5-17.htm) - "You shall not murder.
Leviticus 24:17 (http://biblehub.com/leviticus/24-17.htm) - "Anyone who takes another person's life must be put to death.
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