Waking the Dead 

As detective and prosecutor, Mike Varnado and Bill Alford once stood together in the Angola witness room to watch Robert Lee Willie die. Today, their stances on the death penalty couldn't be further apart.

The last time Bill Alford and Mike Varnado stood together on the death penalty issue was in the cramped witness room to the execution chamber in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Dec. 27, 1984. On that day, the two friends…

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