Man Again Sentenced To Death For Killing 7-Year-Old

Monday, June 25th 2007, 2:50 pm
By: News On 6

ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) -- A Burns Flat man was formally sentenced to death Monday for the 1984 rape and murder of his 7-year-old former stepdaughter.

A judge in Custer County followed a jury recommendation in sentencing Richard Rojem Jr. to die on September 5th for killing Layla Dawn Cummings.

A mandatory appeals process will likely delay the sentence.

This is the third time Rojem has been sentenced to die for the crime.

His first death sentence was overturned because of errors in jury instructions and the second was tossed out because the judge did not dismiss an unacceptable juror.