31 July 2022 :
Quincy Allen’s death sentence overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Allen deserves a new sentencing trial after a judge failed to “consider” all favorable evidence for him in the case, a majority of the federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The 2-1 opinion, released Tuesday by the 3-judge panel, said Quincy Allen, who was the last person sentenced to death in Richland County, deserves a new sentencing hearing for a pair of brutal murders he committed with a shotgun in the Columbia area in 2002.
The court said that the judge who sentenced Allen to death after 10 days of testimony in 2005 “did not consider all of Allen’s mitigating evidence” and sometimes “assigned no weight at all” to crucial mitigating evidence that works in favor of the defendant.
“Allen’s death sentence cannot stand,” the appeals panel ruled. Allen, now 42, Black, had a severe mental illness at the time of the killings and the sentence would likely have been different if the judge had not “excluded, ignored or overlooked” defense testimony concerning it, the panel said.
Allen confessed to killing 4 people in 2002, 2 in North Carolina at a convenience store and 2 in South Carolina.
He received life sentences without parole for the North Carolina murders.
In the South Carolina killings, he shot and killed Dale Hall and Jedediah Harr in 2 separate incidents, and was sentenced to death on March 18, 2005