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No Commutation for Accomplice in Del. Murder Case

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Board of Pardons has refused to consider commutation for a man serving life in prison for the killing of a Kent County man who was fed a Valium-laced macaroni salad before being stabbed to death.

Fifty-eight-year-old Frank Ross was seeking commutation of his sentence for the 1980 killing of 45-year-old William McBride Jr. The board last week refused to consider his request.

Ross' accomplice, Judith McBride, was released from prison in 2011 after Gov. Jack Markell commuted her sentence to make her eligible for parole.

Judith McBride fed her estranged husband the tainted salad before Ross, a Florida drifter, stabbed him more than 25 times.

Judith McBride claimed she was pushed to the brink after suffering years of abuse, but prosecutors noted that she carefully planned the murder. 

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