Convicted Murderer James Herard Dares Judge To Impose Death Penalty

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Florida convict dared a judge to give him the death penalty during a Friday hearing because he believes the Supreme Court would never allow him to die for something he didn’t do.

James Herard, 25, was convicted in May of murdering two people. He maintains his innocence.

"Honestly and truly, I'm not asking you to spare me," he told the judge at his sentencing hearing. "Go ahead and do what you gonna do. I pretty much dare you to give me the death sentence because I'm innocent."

Prosecutors said Herard belongs to a violent gang whose members use body counts to compete with each other.

"I'm actually hoping you give me the death penalty because I know the Supreme Court won't allow me to die for something I didn't commit," Herard reportedly told the judge.

Herard was previously convicted of the 2008 murder of Kiem Huynh, 58, and was sentenced to life in prison. Herard, then 19, made headlines when he appeared in Broward Circuit Court and barked like a dog, NBC Miami reported.

Sources: New York Daily News, NBC Miami

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