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Serial killer executed in SW China


10:31, January 11, 2013

KUNMING, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A serial killer who had been sentenced to death for killing 11 people in southwest China's Yunnan province was executed on Thursday, sources from a local court said.

Zhang Yongming, 57, was sentenced to death in July 2012 for strangling 11 people in Jinning county from March 2008 to April 2012, according to a ruling from the Kunming Intermediate People's Court.

After the murders, Zhang used various means, including dismemberment, burning and burial, to destroy the evidence. He was arrested in late May 2012.

The court said Zhang's acts were "extremely cruel" and that the consequences were "extremely serious."

He was also deprived of his political rights for life.

The crimes were not Zhang's first, as he was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve for intentional homicide in 1979. He was released in September 1997 after receiving a number of sentence reductions.

After his release, Zhang was given a plot of land by his village and a subsistence allowance from the local government, but did not feel grateful and continued to commit crimes, according to the ruling.

Twelve police officers have been penalized for dereliction of duty regarding the murders, including Jinning police chief Da Qiming, who was sacked from his post.

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