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Woman Who Killed Elderly Bible School Teacher Is Now Free

An Indiana woman who was once on death row has been released from state women’s prison in Rockville.

Paula Cooper was 15 years old when she was sentenced to death for the murder of 78 year old Ruth Pelke who was a Bible School teacher.

The elderly woman was stabbed 33 times during a robbery in Gary.

Cooper is now 43 and was given $75 and a set of cloths.

Officials won’t say where she was taken after her release.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to execute anyone under age 18 or to sentence them to life without parole so the death sentence was overturned in 1988.

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