Thanos' execution delayed

April 01, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

A judge has delayed the scheduled execution of convicted killer John Frederick Thanos to the week of May 16 to give Thanos time to consider how he wants to die.

St. Mary's County Circuit Judge Marvin S. Kaminetz had originally scheduled Thanos to die the week of April 25 in the gas chamber, but he said he had to issue a new death warrant after the General Assembly passed a law making lethal injection the primary means of execution in Maryland.

Thanos, 44, who confessed to killing three teen-agers during a week of crime in 1990, still may choose the gas chamber under the new law.

For that reason, Judge Kaminetz has scheduled a hearing next week to explain the choice to him.

Thanos' insistence on no further appeals has cleared the way for him to become the first prisoner executed in Maryland since 1961.

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