Forde, the Minuteman-turned-killer, sat stonily in a Tucson, Arizona, courtroom as her lawyers fought to save her life by portraying her as an impulsive, detached, foolish narcissist who could not overcome her abuse-ridden childhood. They argued that Shawna Forde’s early years had been so traumatic that she should not be put to death for masterminding a 2009 home invasion in which 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul were slaughtered on the Arizona border.
The prosecuting attorney said “hundreds of thousands” of people had bad childhoods, but they don’t turn into killers. This case, she said, was “based on hate.” Many still see her as a martyr for the anti-immigration cause. –from Terry Greene Sterling’s coverage