The real question is not whether he should get the death penalty. By his actions he has forfeited the right to exist in any society on earth. I also do not want to pay 80,000 dollars/year to house him for the rest of his life. The real question is what is to be done about the parents. I have no opinion on their lifestyle, but they need to be punished for exposing their children to these types of people. Of course the mother will have to live the rest of her life knowing that she was partying and smoking pot (and who knows what else) in some sleazy bar while her child was being raped and murdered. A real pretty picture don't you think? I hope she had a good time that night. The karma police definitely caught up with her.
I think we should institute a new program for all sex offenders since it doesn't seem possible to rehabilitate them. Maybe an island where they could live out their lives away from society. Someplace quite hot and humid and bug-ridden would be a nice touch. We could then air-drop supplies into them every month or so. Just the basics like that prison in (Texas?). Beans, fresh water and such. And to make the humanitarians happy we could give them good wholesome magazines to read. Like Oprah's magazine, National Enquirer, Good Housekeeping, and TV Guide. With all ads and references to children removed of course.
Death penalty for Westerfield and life in prison for both of the parents.