1. Death sentence for man who said Scientology made him kill two people

    Death sentence for man who said Scientology made him kill two people

    An Arizona man who failed to convince jurors that his upbringing as a Scientologist helped rationalize why he bludgeoned two people to death and set their bodies on fire was sentenced Wednesday to death by a Prescott jury.

    The jury announced its verdict of death shortly after noon, according to a public information officer for the Yavapai County Superior Court.

    Kenneth Wayne Thompson, 35, used a hatchet and knife to kill his sister-in-law, Penelope Edwards, and her boyfriend, Troy Dunn, in March 2012, according to court testimony. He then poured acid over the bodies and set the house on fire before fleeing the scene.

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