Docket No. 103529.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v. PAUL
Opinion filed May 21, 2009.–Modified Upon Denial of Rehearing
September 28, 2009.
JUSTICE KARMEIER delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Thomas and Garman
concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Justice Burke dissented, with opinion, joined by Justices Freeman
Defendant, Paul Runge, was indicted in the circuit court of Cook
County for the first degree murders of Yolanda Gutierrez and Jessica
Muniz. See 720 ILCS 5/9–1(a) (West 1996). The State filed notice of
intent to seek the death penalty. A jury subsequently convicted
defendant of both murders. Thereafter, the jury found defendant
eligible for the death penalty on eight statutory grounds. After
considering evidence in aggravation and mitigation, the jury
concluded that death was the appropriate sentence. See 720 ILCS
5/9–1(g) (West 1996). The circuit court sentenced defendant to death.