Joseph Zieler was sentenced to death for the 1990 murder of an 11-year old girl and her babysitter. In court, Zieler attacked his own attorney before being tackled and removed from the courtroom. He was found to have the word 'killer' etched on his teeth.
Despite this, he maintained his innocence and refused to let his relatives speak on his behalf. The judge denied his motion for a new trial and upheld his conviction. Zieler's DNA was matched to the scene, leading to his arrest in 2016, 26 years after the murders. The sentence provided closure to the families, who had been searching for justice for over 30 years.