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Execution on hold for man convicted of torture, killing of gay man

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Richard Laird

The scheduled execution of a Pennsylvania man, who was twice-convicted in the torture and murder of a gay man, has been put on hold.

Richard Laird was scheduled to be executed on May 12 for the slaying of Levittown, Pa., artist Anthony Milano in 1987. Prosecutors said Milano, 26, was targeted because he was gay. Laird has been granted a stay of execution while his attorneys pursue post-conviction appeals.

Convicted with Laird in 1988 was his drinking buddy, Frank Chester of Tullytown, Pa., who also received a death sentence. Chester’s conviction also was overturned recently, but prosecutors are still contesting that decision.

The case drew wide notoriety because it was among the first to draw attention to gay-bashing in this area. Prosecutors said Milano had been accosted by Chester and Laird in a bar, harassed because he was gay, and forced to drive them home.

Milano was found dead along a road in Bristol Township, beaten and slashed in the throat so many times that his spinal cord was severed.

Two juries — one in 1988 and another in 2007 — have convicted and sentenced Laird, 47, to death for his role in the torture killing. The first conviction was overturned by a federal judge in 2001. Laird was was retried and convicted again in 2007.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. You belong in hell you disgusting parasite.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:38pm
  2. What a heartless craphead.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:38pm
  3. Fry ‘em!

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:40pm
  4. Well if he is a republican they might knight him into saint hood.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:48pm
  5. I’m not much for the death penalty but some people truly do deserve it.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:55pm
  6. No comment :L

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:55pm
  7. WHY????????????????????????????????????????

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:56pm
  8. Gross. Why are they showing this picture anyways? No comment about the execution issue though:

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:06pm
  9. Fuck him. Ill pull the switch for the victims & their families!

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:07pm
  10. Murdering will never be the answer. It has been used for thousands of years. What did humanity get? It’s time to act like civilized people.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:31pm
  11. but im sure he could get married if he wanted too maybe he has

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:43pm
  12. I wonder why a gay person would leave their house without a gun.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 3:05pm
  13. Funny how people love to call for good “Old Testament” eye-for-an-eye capital punishment, yet want people to give up “Old Testament” views of homosexuality. What he did was horrific and evil, but answering evil with evil leaves us just where we started… Brutish and cruel and hardly the pinnacle of either Creation or Evolution.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:18pm
  14. The death penalty should be abolished.

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 1:46pm