The Lafferty brothers were sentenced to death by firing squad and two of them chose to die by natural causes. Ron Lafferty died in prison of natural causes in 2019. While the death sentence remains in Utah, his sister has called for the death penalty to be abolished. Watch Under the Banner of Heaven every Thursday on Hulu.
Ron Lafferty died in prison of natural causes
A death row inmate died of natural causes while on death row in Utah on Monday. Ron Lafferty spent 34 years behind bars for killing his sister-in-law Brenda Lafferty and her baby daughter Erica in 1984. He was due to be executed by firing squad. Lafferty’s family has kept in touch with him during his time on death row. He was in a wheelchair for his last year in prison.
Dan Lafferty sentenced to life in prison
Dan Lafferty was sentenced to life in prison in Utah after he killed his girlfriend, Erica Wright, in 2006. The trial lasted five days and the jury deliberated for nine hours. Dan was found guilty of both charges. The death penalty requires unanimous consent, which is difficult to achieve. Because of this, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Erica Lafferty’s death
The mystery surrounding the death of 15-month-old Erica Lafferty has been rekindled by the release of a new TV series called “Under the Banner of Heaven.” The series chronicles the bizarre story of Ron and Dan Lafferty, the alleged killers of Erica. The Laffertys claimed that they were commanded by God to murder the young mother and her 15-month-old daughter.
Brenda Wright Lafferty’s murder
Ron Weeks is the man accused of killing Brenda Wright Lafferty in Utah in July 2007. Despite his religious beliefs, he had been excommunicated from the mainline Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is currently facing a first-degree murder charge. Investigators say they gained a lot of information from the victims’ friends and family.
Ronald Watson Lafferty appealed his conviction
Ronald Watson Lafferty appealed in Utah, arguing that his conviction was unfair. He argued that the evidence that was used against him was prejudicial to his case, and that his conviction violated the principle of double jeopardy. In addition, he argued that he received ineffective defense counsel and was not competent to stand trial. His appeal was rejected, but he can request a reconsideration of the decision from the 10th Circuit. His attorney said he will pursue every avenue he can to challenge the conviction, and may even take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Under the Banner of Heaven is based on the true story
The book Under the Banner of Heaven is based on real events in the Lafferty family in Utah. The Lafferty brothers were convicted of murdering their mother, Brenda Wright Lafferty, in 1983. Their conviction earned them the death penalty and they are still serving their sentences today. Their trial was a tense one, but they ultimately won. In this true-life thriller, Krakauer reveals what happened in the Lafferty family, allowing us to see their story from a fresh perspective.
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