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No Death Penalty Sought Against Wife of Slain Man

Posted April 13, 2007

— Prosecutors said they don't plan to seek the death penalty against a Johnston County woman charged in her husband's death last fall.

Penny Dierickx, 54, of 104 Heart Wood Court in Clayton, is charged with murder in the October slaying of her husband, Larry Dierickx, whose body was found in South Carolina with his hands bound with duct tape and mouth taped shut.

Investigators identified Larry Dierickx through a grocery store discount card. They said they saw something suspicious inside the couple's home and arrested his wife after questioning her.


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  • citizenwithavoice Apr 16, 2007

    This is completely ridiculous! With the previous accusations against this woman, i.e. hitting her husband in the head with a hammer, as well as the current charges and no death penalty?!!? Who did she pay off? I would really love to see someone dive into this story and determine exactly what deal she made to remove the death penalty from the table!

  • mom2threecld Apr 15, 2007

    murder is murder regardless of WHO commits the crime. i believe the death penalty should be sought

  • NCTeacher Apr 15, 2007

    They are ALWAYS easier on women who commit heinous crimes. WHY? I think ANYONE who can kills someone else and coldly dump their body should be given the death penalty, man or woman.

  • WXYZ Apr 15, 2007

    The police, prosecutors, judge, laws etc nearly ALWAYS act with favoritism, unwarranted sympathy and protection toward women. There is clear and strong bias against men because of their gender. A major culprit for the strife between men and women (especially those who are married) is because divorce and child custody laws are very unfair toward men.

  • farrell nightrider Apr 15, 2007

    whatttt... I can not believe what reading. You guys attacking one of your own.

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  • raeannsimpson Apr 14, 2007

    She willing killed her husband and then dumped his body. She deserves the same as she gave!

  • ksmooth Apr 14, 2007

    she needs the death penalty, she killed so she should be killed

  • BLA BLA BLA Apr 14, 2007

    ["whose body was found in South Carolina with his hands bound with duct tape and mouth taped shut."]sounds like she had help, I cant believe she did it alone,

  • headlong Apr 14, 2007

    Go For It and mdawson289...I agree with you both. To many double standards. Even when a man kills his child/children they seek death...a woman kills hers and she goes to jail. I can't believe all the women in the News/CourtTV who have killed their husband's lately.