William Furman's Murder Case

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William Furman was in the process of robbing a home and when he was searching around the house the homeowner woke up. Furman tried to run out of the house but he fell and when he fell his gun discharged and ended up killing the homeowner. As a result, Furman was convicted of robbery and murder. He was sentenced to death. Georgia law explained that because the murder happened during a robbery, Furman was eligible to be executed if the court found him guilty of the murder. Furman believed that his death sentence was unfair and he appealed his death sentence. He believed that the application of death sentences were unfairly administered and disproportionately targeted African Americans. The issue was whether or not the imposition of the death
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