|Thursday, January 27, 2011 – Scott Wykoff and Associated Press|
|The death penalty remains an option for the man charged with murdering an Eastern Shore girl.
A circuit court judge has denied a request that would have taken the possibility of a death sentence off the table.
31-year-old Thomas James Leggs is facing first degree murder charges in the death of Sarah Foxwell.
Defense lawyers for the Salisbury man filed a motion claiming the way executions are carried out in Maryland is cruel and unusual and the execution methods are in violation of Maryland’s Administrative Procedures Act.
Judge J. Frederick K. Price ruled the statue enacted is not a violation of the defendant’s constitutional.
Lawyers for Leggs have filed 50 motions in an effort to eliminate the option of a death sentence.
More motions will be heard in a hearing schedule for next month.
In December of 2009, the body of Sarah H. Foxwell, 11, was found near the Delaware state line three days after she was last seen.
Leggs is a former boyfriend of the girl’s aunt, who is her legal guardian. He is a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware.
… Fat chance. …