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Judge May Overturn Angela McAnulty's Death Sentence

The only woman on Oregon’s death row could get a new trial. A judge is expected to throw out the 2011 aggravated murder conviction of Angela McAnulty, a Eugene woman found guilty of torturing, starving, and killing her 15-year-old daughter.

Senior Circuit Court Judge J. Burdette Pratt said in a draft ruling obtained by The Oregonian that McAnulty’s attorney’s failed to adequately represent or advise her during her trial in Lane County Court. Pratt has yet to finalize the ruling. 

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow declined to comment beyond saying “…the Attorney General’s office has not determined whether or not the trial court ruling will be appealed.” McAnulty’s case is one of the most notorious in modern Oregon history. Of her three children, she singled out daughter Jeanette Maples to beat and starve, according to prosecutors. 


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.