Killer food vendor fights death sentence

09:15, June 30, 2010      

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A food vendor who used his work knife to kill two enforcement officers insisted Tuesday that he acted in self-defense and doesn't deserve the death penalty handed down earlier by a lower court.

Xia Junfeng, 34, of Shenyang, Liaoning Province appealed his death sentence Tuesday at Liaoning Provincial People's High Court.

Last year, he stabbed and killed two local urban law enforcement officers, or chengguan, who took him to their office for questioning after he failed to cooperate.

His lawyer and wife claimed it was justifiable self-defense since the officers used violence.

Xia's wife, Zhang Jing, told the Global Times during a telephone interview Tuesday that the death penalty is unfair. "My husband was acting in self defense to avoid being kicked and beaten by them," she said.

His attorney, Teng Biao, said no witnesses were heard during the hearing.

Xia was taken to the office for questioning on May 16, 2009 after he ignored warnings to move his barbecue stall from a street in downtown Shenyang.

Xia stabbed two officers to death and severely injured another officer, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

"I think Xia was trying to defend himself at that time, so it's wrong to define his crime as murder, let alone insufficient evidence to support the charge," Teng told the Global Times Tuesday.

Source:Global Times
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