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Man officially sentenced to death in 1996 slaying of Tacoma woman

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm with 6 Comments »
June 13, 2012 2:02 pm

Allen Eugene Gregory was officially sentenced to death – again – today for the slaying of a Tacoma woman 16 years ago.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner had no other option for the 39-year-old Gregory during his sentencing hearing this morning.

Last month, a jury found that Gregory should die for what he did to Geneine Harshfield in the kitchen of her home in 1996.

Tacoma police said the 43-year-old was tied up, raped and slashed and stabbed to death with a knife. Investigators later matched Gregory’s DNA to the crime scene.

The eight women and four men were the second jury to decide that Gregory should face the death penalty.

He was originally convicted of killing Harshfield and sentenced to death in 2001. Five years later, the death sentence was overturned by state Supreme Court. The justices modified Gregory’s murder conviction but tossed out the sentence, citing judicial and prosecutorial error.

Prosecutors decided to try again for the death penalty. The penalty trial stretched across three months. The jurors deliberated over two days before reaching their decision.

“I am very grateful to a jury that worked very hard on this case and reached the right result,” deputy prosecutor John Neeb said. “And I know how much it meant to Geneine Harshfield’s mother and the rest of her family.”

Gregory’s death sentence will automatically be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

His defense attorneys have raised concerns about information the jurors might have considered while deliberating Gregory’s fate.

The attorneys talked to the jurors after they reached their verdict. One juror said Gregory had received the death penalty before and it had been reversed, the defense attorneys wrote in court papers.

The jurors had not been told prior to the verdict about Gregory’s previous death sentence and the circumstances for its reversal.

Buckner scheduled a hearing for July 30 to hear testimony from the jurors about what they considered during their deliberations.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    This time, they need to kill him until he dies from it!

  2. Despite convincing DNA evidence, I feel the court will find another reason to vacate the sentence again.Probably a t wasn’t crossed or an i wasn’t dotted.Sometimes it seems the victim is victimized twice,once by the criminal and again by our justice system.I am not referring to the arresting Officers or the Prosecutor.

  3. smartmoney says:

    I realize that every death sentence comes with an automatic appeal, but two convictions for the same crime? Come on, how much is the State going to spend before they cariry out the will of the people. 24 of his peers think he needs to die. It’s his time, no more delays.

  4. The sentence of death is another joke from our so called Justice System.After all the appeals are exausted,the end result is usually the condemmed dies from old age.Probably most of the victims family will decease before the criminal does.

  5. the3rdpigshouse says:

    In our sick society with its inept judicial system how about we really improve the gene pool this time around!! The guy should have been dead for years already!!

  6. tree_guy says:

    Genie Harshfield was my friend for many years. She was the bartender at the Summer Sands Restaurant in Fircrest. As I mentioned in another thread she was a beautiful woman. The Tribune didn’t print her picture but she was a willowy brunette with beautiful eyes. Maybe her good looks betrayed her in the end by attracting the attention of the wrong person. Her beauty wasn’t confined to her looks though. She was just a beautiful person. She was friendly and funny and was good to her parents. There’s really nothing else I can say about Genie but I do have the sense that justice was done.

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