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Death sentence sought for suspect in death of Applebee's manager

Posted December 11, 2009

— Halifax County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against the suspect in the slaying of a restaurant manager.

Joshua Lindell Rouse, 22, of Roanoke Rapids, is charged with first-degree murder in the June 15 death of Sandy Denise Riedel.

Riedel, 29, was found stabbed to death inside an Applebee's in Roanoke Rapids. Police said Rouse, a former Applebee's employee, stole money from the restaurant after the slaying.

No trial date has been set.


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  • mrh2008 Dec 11, 2009

    i live in roanoke rapids and let me say this, i think this boy deserves the death penalty..he took this lady from her friends and family and co-workers and life in prison is not good enough for him and i hope the death penalty is carried out in this case and with the evidence i think i will be...and they are saying that his laywers have filed motions for the racist justice act or something and alot of people are tired of the race card being thrown out...he killed a innocent person and should get the harsh punishment as possible....DEATH

  • working for deadbeats Dec 11, 2009

    This should be treated as a hate crime.

    I bet he's got some good street cred' now. The death sentence in NC is a joke and so is a life sentence. Don't worry folks, murder will continue..society obviously wants it to or it wouldn't be so soft on these criminals at trial/sentencing time. Awwww..his mommy didn't love him enough...boo hoo!

  • Kingfish Dec 11, 2009

    Death penalty in NC is worthless. For that matter, the death penalty in the US is almost worthless. They get convicted and fifteen years later are still on death row. What kind of bunk is that. Bring back public hangings and the elctric chair. Bring out the firing squad. Make the criminals suffer a little. Do it all within ONE year of sentencing. That's the only way to get through to these animals.

  • Just the facts mam Dec 11, 2009

    meh2 - you are right - getting the death penalty does not mean anything as long as the liberal Democrat weanies are in charge in NC.

  • meh2 Dec 11, 2009

    Why bother - there is no death penalty in NC. And a life sentence is meaningless, too.

  • ccs1920 Dec 11, 2009

    I hope he get's it.