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Indiana governor calls for death penalty review

With just three days left in his term, Gov. Joe Kernan removed a convicted murderer from death row Friday and called for a review of how fairly Indiana administers the death penalty.

Kernan granted clemency to Michael Daniels, an Indianapolis man convicted of killing an Army chaplain in 1978 in a $1 robbery as the minister shoveled snow with his 15-year-old son.

Daniels _ incarcerated on Indiana's death row longer than anyone else _ will now stay in prison for the rest of his life without the possibility of parole, the governor's office said.

Kernan said his reviews of two cases have "revealed weaknesses" in Indiana's death penalty system. He said he hopes state government can examine whether the sentencing system is fair.

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CREMATORY OPERATOR SENTENCE: Ray Brent Marsh, the former crematory operator who admits dumping 334 bodies and passing off cement dust as their remains pleaded guilty Friday to Tennessee charges and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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