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EXECUTED - David Mark Hill - South Carolina Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Friday 6 June 2008, 22:00
End : Friday 6 June 2008, 22:00
Mark David Hill Scheduled Execution

EXECUTED 6:17pm

David Mark Hill - South Carolina Death Row - Scheduled Execution for June 6, 2008 - VOLUNTEER

Victims: James Riddle, Josie H. Curry, and Michael Gregory. All three were Sounth Carolina Dept. of Social Services workers.

The Crime: Hill was convicted of three counts of murder after he walked into the Aiken County Department of Social Services office building on September 16, 1996, and shot and killed three employees; he was sentenced to death. The underlying facts, as set forth in his direct appeal to this Court, are as follows:

When these murders took place, [Hill] was married and had three children: a three-year-old daughter who was a quadriplegic[1] and twin two-year-old boys. DSS became involved with the family because of concern about the parents’ abuse of prescription drugs. The children were eventually removed from the home.

On the morning of September 16, 1996, [Hill] had a telephone conversation with his caseworker, James Riddle. [Hill] then called his sister-in-law, Tammy Campbell, to ask for a ride to the DSS office. Tammy and her husband gave [Hill] a ride to the Business & Technology Center where the DSS office was located. On the way, [Hill] said that he was tired of people “playing God” with his children. The Campbells dropped [Hill] off at the front of the building.

Sometime before 2:00 p.m., several DSS workers returned to work after a birthday luncheon. Annette Michael was walking towards her cubicle in the DSS office area when another worker, Josie Currie, approached with her hands up. [Hill] was behind Josie with a gun. Josie asked Annette where James Riddle's office was. When Annette motioned with her hand, [Hill] told her to step in behind Josie. The three of them walked down the aisle to James's cubicle. James was seated at his desk speaking on the telephone. Josie stepped into the cubicle and said, “This man would like to see you.”

[Hill] fired a shot into the cubicle, hitting James in the head. He then pointed the gun over Annette’s shoulder and shot Josie in the head. Annette fell with Josie as a third shot was fired. Annette saw James fall over in his chair and she saw a hole in his forehead before she fainted on the floor. Another DSS worker, Michael Gregory, was found dead of a gunshot wound in the men's restroom. Both Josie and James died within the next few hours. Annette was not injured.

The next morning, police were still searching for [Hill]. At around 9:20 a.m., appellant was found lying on the railroad tracks behind the building with his gun nearby. He had a bullet hole through the roof of his mouth and an exit wound in the top of his skull. Although he was seriously injured, [Hill] was able to speak. After he was taken to the hospital, he was given Miranda warnings. [Hill] admitted to the shootings. He said he first shot Michael Gregory in the restroom because Gregory had seen him. He shot James Riddle because Riddle was his caseworker. He shot Josie Currie “because she was black.”

News: The man convicted of gunning down three Department of Social Services employees as an act of revenge was put to death Friday.
David Mark Hill was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. after a lethal injection was administered in the Department of Correction's Capital Punishment Chamber in Columbia.
Just before the sentence was administered, Hill's attorney David Miller, standing beside his client, read the condemned man's last statement.
"I sincerely apologize to the families of Josie Curry, Michael Gregory and James Riddle. I am very sorry for the pain that my actions caused to them," the statement began.
"Hopefully, my decision to have this sentence carried out without delay will help you understand the sincerity of my apology and will provide you with some closure. To those of you who have expressed forgiveness to me, I thank you. For those of you who have been unable or unwilling to forgive me, I pray that today will provide you with the peace you deserve."
Three members of the victims' families attended the execution but were not identified. Representatives of law enforcement and the solicitor's office were also present.
Once the injection began, liquid could be seen traveling down a tube into the outstretched, tethered arm of the condemned. Hill made little movement.
Strapped with his arms to either side and wearing a prison-issue green jumpsuit, he lay face up staring at the ceiling.
At 6:06 his breathing became labored. He took one large gasp of air and then yawned loudly. His chest did not visibly rise or fall after that; his mouth fell open and his face rapidly became ashen.
Minutes later, a doctor appeared from behind a curtain, put a stethoscope to Hill's chest, shone a flashlight in his eyes, turned to the prison officials and nodded.
One of these officials then announced that the sentence had been carried out and the time of death was 6:17 p.m.
On Sept. 16, 1996, Hill walked into the North Augusta Department of Social Security satellite office and murdered three DSS employees - Jimmy Riddle, 52; Josie Curry, 35; and Michael Gregory, 30.
Hill is said to have blamed DSS officials for problems at home with his wife and went to the office to exact revenge.
Hill was the 279th person put to death in South Carolina history.
According to a Department of Correction's spokesperson, Hill's last meal consisted of meat loaf, corn on the cob, garlic bread, a beef burrito, a Mexican pizza, a taco, cake, ice cream, garden salad with tomatoes and ranch dressing and Pepsi.
Contact Mike Gellatly at mgellatly@aikenstandard.com
source: http://www.aikenstandard.com/0607-execution


Last Meal: Meat loaf, corn on the cob, garlic bread, a beef burrito, a Mexican pizza, a taco, cake, ice cream, garden salad with tomatoes and ranch dressing and Pepsi

Final Statement: Hill's lawyer read a statement saying Hill apologized and hoped his death would bring his victims' relatives peace.

"I sincerely apologize to the families of Josie Curry, Michael Gregory and James Riddle. I am very sorry for the pain that my actions caused to them," the statement began.

"Hopefully, my decision to have this sentence carried out without delay will help you understand the sincerity of my apology and will provide you with some closure. To those of you who have expressed forgiveness to me, I thank you. For those of you who have been unable or unwilling to forgive me, I pray that today will provide you with the peace you deserve."
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