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EXECUTED - Kent Jermaine Jackson - Virginia Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Thursday 10 July 2008, 23:10
End : Thursday 10 July 2008, 23:10


EXECUTED 9:18pm

Kent Jermaine Jackson - Virginia Scheduled Execution for July 10, 2008

Victims: Beulah Mae Kaiser, 79

The Crime: On April 18, 2000, the body of Beulah Mae Kaiser, 79 years of age, was found in her apartment. According to the medical examiner, Mrs. Kaiser died from a combination of a stab wound to her jugular vein, a fractured skull, and asphyxia caused by blockage of her airway by her tongue. Any one of these injuries could have been fatal. In addition to these injuries, Mrs. Kaiser suffered two black eyes, a broken nose, and multiple abrasions, lacerations, and bruises. She had five stab wounds to her head and neck, including the wound to her jugular vein. The medical examiner also testified that Mrs. Kaiser had been anally sodomized with her walking cane and that the cane then had been driven into her mouth with such violence that it knocked out most of her teeth, tore her tongue and forced it into her airway, fractured her jaw, and penetrated the left side of her face.

When Mrs. Kaiser's body was found, her apartment was in disarray. Personal items were strewn throughout the apartment, blood spatters were on the surfaces of the apartment, and the contents of Mrs. Kaiser's purse had been dumped on the floor. The police were unable, however, to find a weapon or any fingerprints of value.

The crime went unsolved for over 16 months until DNA testing of saliva on a cigarette butt found in the apartment implicated an individual named Cary Gaskins. An interview with Gaskins led the police to Joseph M. Dorsett and Jackson, who had been roommates in an apartment across the hall from Mrs. Kaiser's apartment at the time of her death. Following an interview with Dorsett, Newport News police arrested Dorsett, charging him with Mrs. Kaiser's murder, and obtained
a warrant for Jackson's arrest.

Police arrested Jackson at a girlfriend's home in King George County around 4:00 a.m. on August 29, 2001. During an interview with Newport News police detectives at the King George County jail that afternoon, Jackson confessed to the murder of Mrs. Kaiser.

PROCEEDINGS
On January 14, 2002, Jackson was indicted by a Newport News grand jury for the capital murder of Beulah Mae Kaiser in the commission of a robbery or attempted robbery, robbery, felony stabbing, statutory burglary, and object sexual penetration, in violation of Code  18.2-31, 18.2-58, 18.2-53, 18.2-90, and 18.2-67.2, respectively.

Prior to trial, Jackson filed motions seeking a change of venue, suppression of his confession, a bill of particulars, and additional peremptory strikes. The trial court denied these motions and rejected Jackson's arguments that Virginia's capital murder statutes are unconstitutional. Following a six-day trial, a jury convicted Jackson of all charges except object sexual penetration. In a subsequent sentencing proceeding, the jury found the aggravating factor of vileness and fixed a sentence of death for the capital murder
conviction and fixed sentences totaling life imprisonment plus 25 years and a $100,000 fine for the remaining convictions. During a post-verdict hearing, the trial court considered the pre-sentence report, further evidence presented by Jackson, and the arguments of counsel. In its final judgment, the trial court imposed the sentences fixed by the jury.

News: Kent Jermaine Jackson is to be executed by injection tonight for the 2000 slaying of an elderly neighbor unless the U.S. Supreme Court or Gov. Timothy M. Kaine intervenes.

Jackson, 26, was convicted of the robbery and capital murder of Beulah Mae Kaiser, 79, in her Newport News apartment on April 16, 2000. Kaiser's walking cane was shoved down her throat, a jugular vein cut and her skull fractured.

Jackson's roommate, Joseph M. Dorsett, 29, also participated in the crimes and was sentenced to 135 years. Jackson's lawyers contend it was Dorsett who wielded the cane and actually killed Kaiser.

His lawyers have an appeal before the high court and a clemency petition before Kaine. The execution is set for 9 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.

If carried out, it would be the 101st in Virginia since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed executions to resume in 1976.

source: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-07-10-0220.html

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BY FRANK GREEN

Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

JARRATT -- Kent Jermaine Jackson was put to death tonight for the murder of an elderly Newport News neighbor eight years ago.

Jackson, 26, was executed by injection and was pronounced dead at 9:18 p.m.

He was convicted of capital murder for the brutal slaying of Beulah Mae Kaiser, 79, a widow who lived across the hall from Jackson and his roommate, Joseph M. Dorsett, 29. Dorsett also participated in April 16, 2000, slaying and was sentenced to 135 years.

Kaiser's body was discovered in her apartment two days later. Her walking cane was shoved down her throat, a jugular vein cut and her skull fractured. She had been kicked, suffered several other stab wounds and had been sexually assaulted.

Jackson and Dorsett were charged a year later and Jackson gave a recorded confession. Though he admitted stabbing Kaiser with a knife, he denied using the cane. His lawyers contend that Dorsett, who escaped a death sentence, used the cane and was the actual killer.

According to a Virginia Supreme Court summary of the case, the medical examiner said Kaiser died from a combination of a stab wound to her jugular vein, a fractured skull and asphyxia caused by blockage of her airway. Jackson's lawyers say the evidence showed she died from asphyxia caused by the cane.

A clemency petition was sent to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine arguing that Dorsett was to blame for Kaiser's death, and, therefore, Jackson should not have been sentenced to death. They also said it was unfair that Jackson received a death sentence and Dorsett did not.

Kaine rejected the petition.

"Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts," Kaine said in a statement released shortly after 8 p.m. "Accordingly, I decline to intervene."

Jackson's lawyers had filed two appeals with the U.S. Supreme Court trying to block the execution. Minutes after Kaine declined to intervene, Supreme Court issued a statement that Jackson's petitions for a stay had been denied.

Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections, said Jackson spent part of his last day visiting with immediate family members. He was also scheduled to meet with his spiritual adviser and lawyers.

Jackson's was the 101st execution in Virginia since the death penalty was allowed to resume by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. Christopher Scott Emmett is scheduled to be executed July 24 for a 2001 capital murder in Danville.

source: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-07-10-0230.html

Last Meal: Jackson had told jail officials earlier that he didn't want the last meal he'd ordered -- which included chicken stir fry, a salad, cookies and an orange drink.

Final Statement: "You all can't kill me. I'm the king. Remember me like you remember Jesus. I'll be back."


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 Jackson Executed!
BY FRANK GREEN

Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

JARRATT -- Kent Jermaine Jackson was put to death tonight for the murder of an elderly Newport News neighbor eight years ago.

Jackson, 26, was executed by injection and was pronounced dead at 9:18 p.m.

He was convicted of capital murder for the brutal slaying of Beulah Mae Kaiser, 79, a widow who lived across the hall from Jackson and his roommate, Joseph M. Dorsett, 29. Dorsett also participated in April 16, 2000, slaying and was sentenced to 135 years.

Kaiser's body was discovered in her apartment two days later. Her walking cane was shoved down her throat, a jugular vein cut and her skull fractured. She had been kicked, suffered several other stab wounds and had been sexually assaulted.

Jackson and Dorsett were charged a year later and Jackson gave a recorded confession. Though he admitted stabbing Kaiser with a knife, he denied using the cane. His lawyers contend that Dorsett, who escaped a death sentence, used the cane and was the actual killer.

According to a Virginia Supreme Court summary of the case, the medical examiner said Kaiser died from a combination of a stab wound to her jugular vein, a fractured skull and asphyxia caused by blockage of her airway. Jackson's lawyers say the evidence showed she died from asphyxia caused by the cane.

A clemency petition was sent to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine arguing that Dorsett was to blame for Kaiser's death, and, therefore, Jackson should not have been sentenced to death. They also said it was unfair that Jackson received a death sentence and Dorsett did not.

Kaine rejected the petition.

"Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts," Kaine said in a statement released shortly after 8 p.m. "Accordingly, I decline to intervene."

Jackson's lawyers had filed two appeals with the U.S. Supreme Court trying to block the execution. Minutes after Kaine declined to intervene, Supreme Court issued a statement that Jackson's petitions for a stay had been denied.

Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections, said Jackson spent part of his last day visiting with immediate family members. He was also scheduled to meet with his spiritual adviser and lawyers.

Jackson's was the 101st execution in Virginia since the death penalty was allowed to resume by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. Christopher Scott Emmett is scheduled to be executed July 24 for a 2001 capital murder in Danville.

source: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-07-10-0230.html
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 Governor, U.S. Supreme Court clear way for execution
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine refused tonight to intervene in the execution of Kent Jermaine Jackson, who is scheduled to die by injection at 9 p.m. for the 2000 slaying of an elderly neighbor in Newport News.

"Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts," Kaine said in a statement issued at 8:13 p.m. "Accordingly, I decline to intervene."

The U.S. Supreme Court also refused to halt the execution, denying a petition for a stay of execution, according to a statement issued by the high court at 8:23 p.m.

Jackson, 26, was convicted of the robbery and capital murder of Beulah Mae Kaiser, 79, in her Newport News apartment on April 16, 2000. Kaiser's walking cane was shoved down her throat, a jugular vein cut and her skull fractured. Jackson's roommate, Joseph M. Dorsett, 29, also participated in the crimes and was sentenced to 135 years. Jackson's lawyers contend it was Dorsett who wielded the cane and actually killed Kaiser.

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 Virginia man set to be executed
Associated Press - July 10, 2008 8:35 PM ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Neither Governor Timothy Kaine nor the courts have stepped in to stop the execution of a man who killed his 79-year-old neighbor.

Kent Jermaine Jackson is set to die by lethal injection at 9 o'clock tonight at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt for the 2000 death of Beulah Mae Kaiser (KIGH-ser).

Jackson and a friend beat, stabbed and sexually assaulted Kaiser.

Jackson confessed to killing Kaiser and was sentenced to death in 2003. Joseph Marquis Dorsett was convicted for his role and sentenced to 135 years in prison.

Both the U.S. Supreme Court and Kaine issued statements this evening denying Jackson's request for a stay of execution.

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 Man set to die for 2000 murder of woman, 79
Unless the governor or the courts intervene, Kent Jermaine Jackson will die Thursday for the murder of a widow who lived across the hall from his Newport News apartment.

The body of Beulah Mae Kaiser, 79, was discovered April 18, 2000, amid her modest, ransacked belongings. She died two days earlier, on a Sunday after returning from church.

The killers were Jackson, 26, and his roommate, Joseph M. Dorsett, 29.

They were arrested more than a year after the murder, and Jackson made a recorded confession. According to media accounts of his sentencing, he told the jury: "You've already said I'm guilty of

capital murder. . . . Now finish the job."

The jurors complied, some of them crying as the sentence was read.

In the slaying Kaiser's jugular vein was cut, her skull was fractured, and she was sexually assaulted. Her cane was driven into her mouth, knocking out most of her teeth and blocking her airway.

If Jackson is put to death Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center, it would be the 101st execution in the state since capital punishment was allowed to resume in 1976.

After a hiatus of more than a year, Virginia is in the midst of a spate of executions, with one in May, one in June and another scheduled after Jackson's. The crimes live on not just for the families and friends of the victims and the condemned but for others as well.

One of them is Misty M. Mercer, a retired police homicide detective who led the investigation for Newport News police. Reached by phone last week, she said, "this was my one and only death-penalty case."

She said that when the death sentence was imposed, she was asked how she felt about it. "I guess people think that you're going to jump up and down and give everybody the high five and stuff like that but . . . you don't," she said.

"A hundred percent, I feel justice was served. I just didn't feel the way that I thought I would feel.

"There's no winners in all this," Mercer said.

"You think you'd feel some type of closure. But the bottom line is, it doesn't bring Ms. Kaiser back and it also opens up wounds for everybody else," Mercer said.

Jackson, she said, "came from a wonderful family. . . . You have to ask yourself, 'Why?'"

In his confession, she said, Jackson told police: "We were just two damn fools."

"I guess the simplest thing to say is, senseless," Mercer said.

Mercer knows members of Kaiser's family and said they do not wish to comment on the pending execution. "They just want to put it behind them."

Kaiser, Mercer said, "was a very remarkable woman."

She was a volunteer worker at the Peninsula Rescue Mission for more than 30 years, Mercer said. "She would have given those young men anything they wanted if they just asked her for it. They didn't have to do what they did."

Jackson later said the confession was false and tricked out of him by police. Among other things, he said he gave a statement only after being promised he could speak with his mother.

He was convicted in 2002 of capital murder in the commission of a robbery, burglary, robbery and felony stabbing.

Dorsett, 29, was sentenced to 135 years for first-degree murder, object sexual penetration, burglary and robbery.

Jackson is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court and has a clemency petition before Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. Among other things, his lawyers argue that the cane, used only by Dorsett, was the murder weapon and, therefore, Jackson should not be executed.


source: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news/policebeat.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-07-08-0092.html