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Valerie Stensen- Tennessee


Death is on the table for another woman from my home state, Tennessee.

Valerie Stensen is accused of the sexual abuse, torture and murder of her two year old granddaughter, Manhattan.

 The strange part, I thought, was that police records state Valerie caused "serious bodily injury to the child along with subjecting her to the use of a deadly weapon or a controlled substance'.

 Isn't that the weirdest turn of phrase?

 What a weird either/or sentence.

 One of the child abuse indictments alleges that on April 15, 2011, Stenson treated the toddler in such a manner to cause "serious bodily injury.'' Then, over the next two days, Stenson allegedly caused serious injuries to the child "through the use of a deadly weapon, dangerous instrumentality or a controlled substance," according to another indictment.

 Since Valerie is about to face the death penalty prosecutors are now discussing whether her case encompasses certain required elements. "Some of the factors include whether two or more persons or endangered, whether the person was endangered during the course of the homicide, the age of the victim,"District Attorney General Dave Clark said.

 Currently there's just one woman on Tennessee's death row. Christa Pike was convicted of first degree murder and sent to death row in 1996.