Prison officials say Delaware killer who was twice sentenced to death dies of natural causes

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WILMINGTON, Delaware — Prison officials say a Delaware killer whose death sentence was twice overturned has died of natural causes.

Authorities say 40-year-old Sadiki Garden died Sunday evening at Christiana Hospital. He had been serving a life sentence for murder.

Garden was sentenced to death in 2001 for the 1999 murder of Denise Rhudy, a 36-year-old mother of four, during a robbery attempt in downtown Wilmington. In rejecting a jury's recommendation of life in prison, the trial judge cited Garden's criminal history, prison discipline problems and lack of remorse.

After the Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and order a resentencing, the judge sentenced Garden to death for a second time. The Supreme Court overturned that decision as well and ordered the judge to impose a sentence of life in prison without parole.

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