murderer who was once the nation's youngest death row inmate for a
murder she committed as a teenager when she was sentenced to death in
1986 at age 16 after confessing to her role in the brutal murder of
78-year-old Bible studies teacher Ruth Pelke in Gary, Indiana in 1985,
who admitted stabbing the victim at least 33 times with a 12-inch
butcher knife in a robbery that netted $10 and an old car but the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled that sentencing juveniles to death row constituted
cruel and unusual punishment and was thus unconstitutional just two
years after her sentencing, and who was later released from prison on
June 17, 2013 after spending 28 years behind bars.
Cause of Death: Suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound
Born: August 25, 1969
Died: May 26, 2015
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana