A Butler County judge has scheduled two hearings for Keith Jordan Lambing, who is accused of raping and killing a 4-year-old boy last year.
Responding to a request made by Lambing's defense team in September, Judge Timothy McCune ordered a suppression hearing on Dec. 5 to deliberate Lambing's request to remove two interviews that the Butler Township Police conducted with Lambing, along with all physical and forensic evidence authorities collected from the victim over what Lambing's lawyer claims was a due process violation.
District Attorney Richard Goldinger is seeking the death penalty in the case. On March 21, 2017, Bentley Thomas Miller, bled to death after being sexually assaulted.
But in the motion filed by Lambing's defense, the defense attorney argued that the death penalty “constitutes cruel and unusual punishment,” that violates the Eighth Amendment and that it “offends the evolving standards of decency.” The prosecution must respond to this and other requests made by Lambing's defense in the September motion.
McCune schedule a second hearing for Jan. 30, 2019 where, among other things, the constitutionality of death penalty will be argued.
Read a full report in Friday's Butler Eagle.