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EXECUTED - James Earl Reed - South Carolina Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Friday 20 June 2008, 20:00
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James Earl Reed South Carolina Scheduled Execution

EXECUTED 11:27pm

James Earl Reed - South Carolina Death Row - Scheduled Execution for June 20, 2008

Victims: Joseph and Barbara Lafayette

The Crime: James Earl Reed, 48, was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend’s parents in Charleston County. Prosecutors said Reed killed Joseph and Barbara Lafayette in their Adams Run home in 1994 while he was looking for his ex-girlfriend.

News: The South Carolina Department of Corrections executed James Earl Reed on Friday, June 20, 2008 in their electric chair. He was pronounced dead at 11:27pm. Just minutes prior to his scheduled date with death at 6:00pm, Reed's execution was delayed when a federal court granted a reprieve pending the outcome of a last minute appeal. The US Supreme Court denied his final appeal and the execution was then able to be carried out.

Reed, who had been on death row since 1996 for the murders of his ex-girlfriend's parents Joseph and Barbara Lafayette in their Charleston County home two years earlier had dropped his appeals. Reed had one federal appeal left which was denied by the Supreme Court late into the night. James Earl Reed is the first person electrocuted in South Carolina's electric chair in more than four years. The last electrocution in the United States was on September 12th of 2007 when the state of Tennessee executed Daryl Holton for the murders of his children.

Reed represented himself during his trial arguing that there was no physical evidence linking him to the murders. The prosecutors presented a confession and three eyewitnesses who testified that they saw him leave the house and drive away in the victims' car after shots were heard. The jury took 30 minutes to deliberate and returned with a guilty verdict. Reed requested an attorney to represent him during the sentencing phase of his trial and his request was denied. In 2003, Reed requested to drop all his appeals and be executed A letter sent to the Associated Press in 2003, Reed wrote, "I am standing upon my word that this case be dismiss or I be killed."

Currently there are eight states that still use the electric chair for executions and all them them offer lethal injection as an alternative. In South Carolina inmates have a choice of the electric chair or lethal injection. James Earl Reed chose to die in the electric chair which has prompted much debate on internet blogging sites such as the Pro Death Penalty Information Community.

There are at least twenty-three scheduled executions nationwide for the remainder of 2008. The next inmate scheduled for execution is Robert Yarbrough in Virginia on June 25, 2008 for the murder and robbery of Cyril Hugh Hamby, age 77.


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 Re: Killer Meets His Date with Death in South Carolina�...
Bye Bye Asshole ...he loved have a barbecue and now your ass was grilled
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 Killer Meets His Date with Death in South Carolina's Electric Chair
James Earl Reed was Executed in South Carolina's Electric Chair on Friday, June 20, 2008 at 11:27pm After Late Appeals Were Denied by the US Supreme Court
By Pam Brown

The South Carolina Department of Corrections executed James Earl Reed on Friday, June 20, 2008 in their electric chair. He was pronounced dead at 11:27pm. Just minutes prior to his scheduled date with death at 6:00pm, Reed's execution was delayed when a federal court granted a reprieve pending the outcome of a last minute appeal. The US Supreme Court denied his final appeal and the execution was then able to be carried out.

Reed, who had been on death row since 1996 for the murders of his ex-girlfriend's parents Joseph and Barbara Lafayette in their Charleston County home two years earlier had dropped his appeals. Reed had one federal appeal left which was denied by the Supreme Court late into the night. James Earl Reed is the first person electrocuted in South Carolina's electric chair in more than four years. The last electrocution in the United States was on September 12th of 2007 when the state of Tennessee executed Daryl Holton for the murders of his children.

Reed represented himself during his trial arguing that there was no physical evidence linking him to the murders. The prosecutors presented a confession and three eyewitnesses who testified that they saw him leave the house and drive away in the victims' car after shots were heard. The jury took 30 minutes to deliberate and returned with a guilty verdict. Reed requested an attorney to represent him during the sentencing phase of his trial and his request was denied. In 2003, Reed requested to drop all his appeals and be executed A letter sent to the Associated Press in 2003, Reed wrote, "I am standing upon my word that this case be dismiss or I be killed."

Currently there are eight states that still use the electric chair for executions and all them them offer lethal injection as an alternative. In South Carolina inmates have a choice of the electric chair or lethal injection. James Earl Reed chose to die in the electric chair which has prompted much debate on internet blogging sites such as the Pro Death Penalty Information Community.

There are at least twenty-three scheduled executions nationwide for the remainder of 2008. The next inmate scheduled for execution is Robert Yarbrough in Virginia on June 25, 2008 for the murder and robbery of Cyril Hugh Hamby, age 77.
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 SC executes James Earl Reed by electrocution
SC executes James Earl Reed by electrocution
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents 14 years ago has been executed in the state's electric chair.

James Earl Reed was pronounced dead at 11:27 p.m. Friday in the state's death chamber in Columbia. First scheduled for 6 p.m., the execution was delayed by a last-ditch legal fight that ultimately was quashed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reed had been on South Carolina's death row since 1996 for the murders of Joseph and Barbara Lafayette.

Reed represented himself during his trial, denying the killings despite a confession and arguing that no physical evidence placed him at the scene.

Reed was the first person executed by electric chair in the U.S. in nearly a year and South Carolina's first since 2004.

source: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jml9zepC1AQeECVQa2rv4nwMDmPgD91E7LM00
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Death penalty in South Carolina
James Earl Reed will be the 280th person executed in South Carolina since 1912.

Before that, executions were by hanging in individual counties.

Of the 279 condemned, 73 were white and 206 were black. Also, 277 were men and two were women.

Legalities of execution

Between 1963 and 1984, the state did not carry out any executions while the legality of death penalty statutes was challenged nationally.

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional in cases in which the court or jury had the unfettered discretion to impose the ultimate penalty.

South Carolina, along with 34 other states, modified its statutes to make the capital punishment mandatory in certain cases.

Crimes punishable by death in South Carolina are murder with one of 13 aggravating circumstances and criminal sexual conduct with a minor with one of nine aggravating circumstances.

Also considered capital offenses are second and subsequent offenses of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor who is less than 11 years old.

Methods of execution

All executions in the state were carried out by electrocution until June 1995, when people were allowed to choose between the electric chair and lethal injection.

Since the option of lethal injection was introduced, only two people have been executed by electrocution. The last man to die in the electric chair was in 2004 after he refused to decide a method of execution. The default was the electric chair because he was sentenced before June 1995.

The default mode for those sentenced after June 1995 is lethal injection.

Eight states use the electric chair in executions, and all of those states offer lethal injection as an alternative. The gas chamber, hanging and firing squad also still exist in a few states, which also offer lethal injection as an alternative.

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James Earl Reed's fatal stubborn streak is slated to end at 6 tonight in the electric chair. Reed, 49, will be executed for the 1994 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend's parents in their Adams Run home.

His low intelligence and difficult personality were hallmarks of his trial, where he represented himself. In 2003, he simultaneously declared his innocence and asked for his execution to be carried out.

Ultimately, his fate was sealed in May 1994, when he was released from prison, where he had served time for an assault charge. Less than a month after he was released, he turned up at the house of Joseph and Barbara Ann Lafayette looking for his former girlfriend.

When the couple refused to tell Reed their daughter's whereabouts, he shot them each five times, including point-blank execution shots to their heads, prosecutors said. Family members of the victims declined to comment.

Reed has not requested clemency from the governor's office, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer. Legally, he may still seek a stay, said Mark Plowden, communications director for the S.C. Attorney General's office.

He will be the third person to be executed by electric chair in South Carolina since the lethal injection option was introduced in 1995. Thirty-four men have been put to death in that period, six of whom were tried in Charleston County.

Borderline

Reed insisted on defending himself in his double-murder trial, ignoring pleas from defense attorneys that he had an IQ of 77. A normal IQ ranges from 85 to 115.

A person with a test score of 70 is considered to have mild retardation, but the ceiling may reach 75 because the standard error of measurement is about 5 points, according to American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

"James is kind of a posterchild for competency," said Joseph L. Savitz, chief appellate defender of the S.C. Office of Appellate Defense, who represented Reed during his first direct appeal. "He is right on the borderline. He becomes competent, then he is incompetent."

Nationally, a few defendants with borderline IQs have had capital punishment charges reversed, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The trial judge allowed Reed to represent himself, with a court-designated standby counsel, after a doctor concluded he was competent and able to understand the proceedings. The doctor found Reed's failure to cooperate with appointed counsel to be voluntary, according to court records. The judge's decision was upheld in later appeals.

Reed's personality proved to be problematic for many who worked with him. "A lot of people don't like James. James could be difficult to get along with," Savitz said.

"James never quite really figured out the system he's playing with. I think James thought the system cared about him more than it actually did," he said.

Trial

Prosecutors said Reed and the Lafayettes' daughter, Laurie Rego, dated briefly while they were both in the Army but that she tried to end the relationship.

Reed was arrested for driving a car into an Army officer trying to help her. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to assault. In prison, Reed wrote threatening letters to Rego.

After he was released, he bought a gun and hitchhiked to the Lafayettes' house looking for Rego.

He was arrested the following day and confessed to the crime. Three eyewitnesses testified they saw him leave the house and drive away in the victims' car after shots were heard.

Although no physical evidence linked Reed to the scene, detectives found in Reed's bag a diagram of the Lafayettes' home and tennis shoes of the same make as shoe prints found in the Lafayettes' yard.

Neither the gun nor the spent casings were found.

Former 9th Circuit Solicitor David P. Schwacke prosecuted the case. "One of the hardest types of cases to prosecute is when a person represents himself," Schwacke said. "The fear is there is some sympathy engendered to them."

After a jury took only 30 minutes to convict him, Reed pleaded for a lawyer to represent him in the sentencing. The judge refused, and Reed received capital punishment.

In 2003, while housed on Death Row at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, Reed declared that he wanted to end the appeal process and be executed.

In a letter to The Associated Press five years ago, Reed wrote, "I am standing upon my word that this case be dismiss [sic] or I be killed." He also said he would not ask the governor for clemency, eat a final meal or make a last statement.

Reed's choice of the electric chair strikes some onlookers as yet another ornery decision. "I have no idea why he would do that other than to be contrarian to the end," Savitz said.

source: http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/jun/20/killers_own_death_nears45100/
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Group plans vigil before SC man's execution
The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. --An anti-death penalty group plans to hold a vigil outside the South Carolina prison where a man is set to be put to death by electrocution.

The Christian Action Council says it will have signs available for anyone wishing to participate today before the 6 p.m. execution of James Earl Reed.

Reed has been on South Carolina's death row since 1996 for the murders of his ex-girlfriend's parents. Reed represented himself during his trial, denying the killings despite a confession and arguing that no physical evidence placed him at the scene.

Jurors found him guilty and decided he should die.

Reed would be the first person electrocuted in South Carolina in more than four years. Most executions have been carried out by lethal injection.

source: http://www.thestate.com/breaking/story/438735.html
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Man shot mother, father of ex-girlfriend in 1994 rampage
By Jill Coley
The Post and Courier
Friday, June 20, 2008

James Earl Reed's fatal stubborn streak is slated to end at 6 tonight in the electric chair. Reed, 49, will be executed for the 1994 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend's parents in their Adams Run home.

His low intelligence and difficult personality were hallmarks of his trial, where he represented himself. In 2003, he simultaneously declared his innocence and asked for his execution to be carried out.

Ultimately, his fate was sealed in May 1994, when he was released from prison, where he had served time for an assault charge. Less than a month after he was released, he turned up at the house of Joseph and Barbara Ann Lafayette looking for his former girlfriend.

When the couple refused to tell Reed their daughter's whereabouts, he shot them each five times, including point-blank execution shots to their heads, prosecutors said. Family members of the victims declined to comment.

Reed has not requested clemency from the governor's office, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer. Legally, he may still seek a stay, said Mark Plowden, communications director for the S.C. Attorney General's office.

He will be the third person to be executed by electric chair in South Carolina since the lethal injection option was introduced in 1995. Thirty-four men have been put to death in that period, six of whom were tried in Charleston County.

Borderline

Reed insisted on defending himself in his double-murder trial, ignoring pleas from defense attorneys that he had an IQ of 77. A normal IQ ranges from 85 to 115.

A person with a test score of 70 is considered to have mild retardation, but the ceiling may reach 75 because the standard error of measurement is about 5 points, according to American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

"James is kind of a posterchild for competency," said Joseph L. Savitz, chief appellate defender of the S.C. Office of Appellate Defense, who represented Reed during his first direct appeal. "He is right on the borderline. He becomes competent, then he is incompetent."

Nationally, a few defendants with borderline IQs have had capital punishment charges reversed, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The trial judge allowed Reed to represent himself, with a court-designated standby counsel, after a doctor concluded he was competent and able to understand the proceedings. The doctor found Reed's failure to cooperate with appointed counsel to be voluntary, according to court records. The judge's decision was upheld in later appeals.

Reed's personality proved to be problematic for many who worked with him. "A lot of people don't like James. James could be difficult to get along with," Savitz said.

"James never quite really figured out the system he's playing with. I think James thought the system cared about him more than it actually did," he said.

Trial

Prosecutors said Reed and the Lafayettes' daughter, Laurie Rego, dated briefly while they were both in the Army but that she tried to end the relationship.

Reed was arrested for driving a car into an Army officer trying to help her. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to assault. In prison, Reed wrote threatening letters to Rego.

After he was released, he bought a gun and hitchhiked to the Lafayettes' house looking for Rego.

He was arrested the following day and confessed to the crime. Three eyewitnesses testified they saw him leave the house and drive away in the victims' car after shots were heard.

Although no physical evidence linked Reed to the scene, detectives found in Reed's bag a diagram of the Lafayettes' home and tennis shoes of the same make as shoe prints found in the Lafayettes' yard.

Neither the gun nor the spent casings were found.

Former 9th Circuit Solicitor David P. Schwacke prosecuted the case. "One of the hardest types of cases to prosecute is when a person represents himself," Schwacke said. "The fear is there is some sympathy engendered to them."

After a jury took only 30 minutes to convict him, Reed pleaded for a lawyer to represent him in the sentencing. The judge refused, and Reed received capital punishment.

In 2003, while housed on Death Row at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, Reed declared that he wanted to end the appeal process and be executed.

In a letter to The Associated Press five years ago, Reed wrote, "I am standing upon my word that this case be dismiss [sic] or I be killed." He also said he would not ask the governor for clemency, eat a final meal or make a last statement.

Reed's choice of the electric chair strikes some onlookers as yet another ornery decision. "I have no idea why he would do that other than to be contrarian to the end," Savitz said.

Source: http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/jun/20/killers_own_death_nears45100/
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There is no media coverage on this one and I cannot understand why. I called the South Carolina Governors office tody and they said I am only the second one to call about this execution, they didn't even know there was an execution until the first person called yesterday. The lady I spoke with has a call into the dept. of corrections and will update me later on today just to confirm that the execution is still on.

On a lighter note, the South Carolina Governor has a very pleasant and helful office staff!
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Posted: 2008/6/18 9:42  Updated: 2008/6/18 9:42
 ZAP!!!!! There goes another one!
WOW, the electric chair, I didn't know those still existed for executions. Do you think he might change his mind last minute and if he does, can he???