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The following all graduated with highest honors durong the 2017 term:

1/11/17   1443   TX   Christopher Wilkins    48   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   8
1/18/17   1444   VA   Ricky Jovan Gray           39   Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   10
1/26/17   1445   TX   Terry Darnell Edwards   43   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   13
1/31/17   1446   MO   Mark Christeson           37   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   17
3/7/17   1447   TX   Rolando Ruiz                   44   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   21
3/14/17   1448   TX   James Bigby                   61   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   25
4/20/17   1449   AR   Ledell Lee                   51    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   21
4/24/17   1450   AR   Jack Jones                   52    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   21
4/24/17   1451   AR   Marcel Williams           46    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   20
4/27/17   1452   AR   Kenneth Williams           38    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   16
5/17/17   1453   GA   J.W. Ledford Jr.           46    Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   24
5/26/17   1454   AL   Thomas Arthur           75     Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   34
6/8/17   1455   AL   Robert Melson           46    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   21
7/6/17   1456   VA   William Morva            35    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   9
7/26/17   1457   OH   Ronald R. Phillips           43    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   23
7/27/17   1458   TX   TaiChin Preyor                   46    Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   12
8/24/17   1459   FL   Mark James Asay            53    Lethal Injection   3-drug (etomidate)          18
9/13/17   1460   OH   Gary Otte                   45     Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   24
10/5/17   1461   FL   Cary Michael Lambrix   57     Lethal Injection   3-drug (etomidate)           33
10/12/17   1462   TX   Robert Pruett                   38     Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   15
10/19/17   1463   AL   Torrey McNabb           40     Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   19
11/8/17   1464   FL   Patrick C. Hannon           53     Lethal Injection   3-drug (etomidate)           26
11/8/17   1465   TX   Ruben Ramirez Cardenas  47     Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   19
All diplomas were presented in  hell.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts state's last execution of 2017

On Tuesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the Dec. 14 execution of Juan Castillo and sent his case back to the trial court to look into claims of false testimony.

Castillo, 36, was sentenced to death in the 2003 robbery and murder of Tommy Garcia Jr. in San Antonio, according to court records. Prosecutors said Castillo and three others planned to rob Garcia after luring him to a secluded area with the promise of sex with one of the women involved in the plan. But when Garcia tried to run, Castillo shot him, according to the accomplices.

One of the witnesses at his trial, Gerardo Gutierrez, bunked near Castillo at the Bexar County Jail and testified that Castillo had confessed to the crime in jail. But in 2013, Gutierrez signed an affidavit saying that he lied in his testimony "to try to help myself."

Even though Castillo had already gone through appeals and lost, the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled on Tuesday that his case was now applicable for further review because of a nearly decade-old ruling. The court had previously held that it was a constitutional violation when the prosecution knowingly uses false testimony to obtain a conviction. And in a 2009 case, it went further to say that even if prosecutors are unaware testimony is false, it still violates a defendant's due process rights.

Castillo has had multiple execution dates set and stopped. In August, his September execution was rescheduled by the Bexar County district attorney because some of Castillo's defense team was based in Houston, which was suffering from Hurricane Harvey flooding.

His execution was the only one remaining on the 2017 calendar in Texas. The state has executed seven people this year, the most in the country. Seven people were also put to death in Texas last year, and five executions are already scheduled in the first three months of 2018.
Scheduled Executions / Russell Bucklew - MO - 3/20/18
November 22, 2017, 08:04:11 PM
Execution date set for convicted killer

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Supreme Court of Missouri announced on Tuesday that a warrant of execution was signed for Russell Bucklew.

In 1997, a jury convicted Bucklew of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and first degree burglary and recommended the death sentence, court documents show.

He was accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend's presumed new boyfriend, Michael Sanders, and firing at Sanders' son, 6, before kidnapping Stephanie Ray Pruitt. After raping his ex-girlfriend, he became involved in a gunfight with authorities, during which Bucklew and a Missouri state trooper were injured, according to court documents.

In 2014, the United States Supreme Court halted the execution of Bucklew after Bucklew's attorneys said the combination of the secrecy surrounding the execution drug and Bucklew's medical condition affecting his blood vessels made for an unacceptably high risk that he would experience extreme pain if injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital.

According to the warrant of execution, Bucklew is scheduled to be executed on March 20.

Good to get this thug back out front.  The courts were afraid the POS would get a bloody nose during the X.
Stays of Execution / Re: Vernon Madison - AL - 1/25/18
November 22, 2017, 07:56:10 PM
Execution date set for Alabama death row inmate, convicted in 1985 Mobile police officer's slaying

The Alabama Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of killing a Mobile cop more than 30 years ago.

Last week, the court issued an order setting Vernon Madison's execution date for Thursday, January 25. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled Alabama can execute Madison-- who claimed to be mentally incompetent and was granted a stay of execution in 2016.

Madison, 66, is one of Alabama's longest-serving death row inmates. He was convicted in the April 1985 slaying of Mobile police officer Cpl. Julius Schulte.

In May 2016, Madison was set to die by lethal injection, but hours after the scheduled execution the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding a lower court's stay. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed that decision, meaning Madison is competent and can be executed.

Madison faced a state competency hearing before his scheduled 2016 execution, where he claimed several strokes he recently suffered affected his mental status and made him unable to remember his crimes or remember that he was on death row. The trial court denied Madison's petition, and said the execution could proceed.

Later, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Madison was incompetent and he could not be executed.

Madison was 34-years-old when he was charged in the April 18, 1985, shooting of Schulte, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call. Madison also was charged with shooting the woman he lived with at the time, Cheryl Greene.

Greene recovered from her injuries and later testified that there had been "increased tension" between her and Madison. She said Schulte hadn't pulled a gun or even threatened Madison.

"Vernon had been for several weeks in a very agitated state," she said during a 1985 hearing. "He was not communicating well with me at that point, or with anyone. He seemed angry about everything. Vernon's sister was murdered Feb. 26. She was buried a week later. From that point on he remained agitated. He was not acting rationally anymore."

Madison was convicted and sentenced to death in both 1985 and 1990, but both times an appellate court sent the case back-- first for a violation involving race-based jury selection, and then based on improper testimony from an expert witness for the prosecution. In 1994, Madison was tried for a third time and convicted.

The jury recommended a life sentence, but the judge overrode the recommendation and sentenced him to death. Earlier this year, the state legislature threw out the judicial override law, but kept the rule allowing juries to send prisoners to death on a 10-2 vote.

Attorneys from the Equal Justice Initiative are representing Madison. Before his first execution date in 2016, his attorneys argued Madison should not be executed because the judicial override law has since been thrown out, and because several strokes and dementia left Madison unable to understand his situation.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Alva Campbell - OH - 6/5/19
November 16, 2017, 03:59:29 PM
Ohio Gov. Kasich sets new execution date for inmate

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has set a new execution date for condemned inmate Alva Campbell.

Campbell's execution has been rescheduled to June 5, 2019.

It was called off Wednesday after the executioners couldn't find a vein to insert the IV that delivers the lethal drugs.

Members of the Ohio execution team tried to find veins in the arms and right leg of death row prisoner Alva Campbell for about 25 minutes before stopping.

Chances are the POS will die in his cell first.
With the stay of today's Ohio execution, Castillo will be next up in Texas on December 14...the final scheduled execution for 2017.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Alva Campbell - OH - Stayed
November 15, 2017, 05:01:45 PM
Execution of Ohio inmate Alva Campbell canceled due to vein issues

Associated Press , WKYC 11:52 AM. EST November 15, 2017
LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- He was supposed to die Wednesday morning, but Alva Campbell's life has been spared.

His execution was canceled after officials couldn't find a suitable vein, according to the Associated Press.

Campbell was slated to die by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Attorneys for Campbell, 69, had previously argued the execution should be halted due to his poor health conditions.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections said they would provide Campbell a pillow during the execution because of breathing issues he could experience while laying flat.

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Wednesday that Campbell spent the morning prior to the execution praying with the prisons' agency religious services administrator and watching TV.

Smith said a pair of checks Tuesday showed Campbell's veins were "palpable and accessible."

Campbell was sentenced to die for killing a teenager during a Columbus car jacking two decades ago.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Alva Campbell - OH - 11/15/17
November 15, 2017, 02:45:40 PM
Live Updates: Execution of Ohio inmate Alva Campbell
PUBLISHED: 9:20 a.m.

A prisons spokeswoman says a condemned Ohio inmate with multiple health problems will be brought into the state death chamber in a wheelchair.

Attorneys for prisoner Alva Campbell say he uses a walker, suffers breathing problems and may have lung cancer. Campbell also uses a colostomy bag.

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Wednesday that Campbell spent the morning praying with the prisons' agency religious services administrator and watching TV.

The 69-year-old Campbell lost his last appeal Tuesday when the US Supreme Court refused to stop the execution.


8:40 a.m.

The state says no problems were found with the veins of an inmate with multiple health problems set for execution.

Ohio prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Wednesday that two checks of condemned killer Alva Campbell a day earlier found the veins "palpable and accessible."

Smith says the 69-year-old Campbell slept most of the night, lying on his right side.

Smith says executioners still plan to provide Campbell a wedge-shaped pillow during the execution because of breathing problems he might suffer lying in his back.

Campbell has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder from a longtime smoking habit.

Smith says Campbell's visits with his attorneys Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning had gone well.

With all these health issues the state of Ohio is doing this guy a favor by giving him the hot shot.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Alva Campbell - OH - 11/15/17
November 14, 2017, 05:55:33 PM
Alva Campbell's last meal, called a special meal in Ohio, includes pork chops, greens, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes and gravy and macaroni and cheese.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Alva Campbell - OH - 11/15/17
November 14, 2017, 04:46:30 PM
And Alva takes his final road trip...

Ohio transfers sick inmate to death house ahead of execution


Ohio started final preparations Tuesday for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week.

Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill for lethal injection, became mildly agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position during an exam last month, according to a medical review by a physician contractor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Dr. James McWeeney noted there were no objective findings such as increased pulse rate or breathing to corroborate Campbell's anxiety. Nevertheless, he recommended allowing Campbell to lie "in a semi-recumbent position" during the execution.

The same exam failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell's arms.

Campbell arrived at the death house at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at 9:59 a.m. Tuesday in Lucasville, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) south of Columbus. He is set to die by injection Wednesday.

Campbell, 69, has severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decades-long two-pack-a-day smoking habit, the prisons doctor said.

Campbell's attorneys said he uses a walker, relies on a colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer. They have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution, a motion opposed by the state.

The attorneys have warned that Campbell's death could become a "spectacle" if guards are unable to find suitable veins in the sick inmate's arms.

Earlier this month, Campbell lost a bid to be executed by firing squad after a federal judge questioned whether lawmakers would enact the bill needed to allow the method.

Prisons department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Monday that Campbell's "medical condition and history are being assessed and considered in order to identify any necessary accommodations or contingencies for his execution."

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien called Campbell "the poster child for the death penalty."

Prosecutors said his health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day of the fatal carjacking.

On April 2, 1997, Campbell was in a wheelchair when he overpowered a Franklin County sheriff's deputy on the way to a court hearing on several armed robbery charges, records show.

Campbell took the deputy's gun, carjacked 18-year-old Charles Dials and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head as Dials crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.

Campbell was regularly beaten, sexually abused and tortured as a child, his attorneys have argued in court filings and before the Ohio Parole Board.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich rejected mercy for Campbell last week.

Gee do you get the point that the guy is sick?  No worries...tomorrow Ohio will cure all his ills.  8)
Scheduled Executions / Re: Alva Campbell - OH - 03/23/16
November 14, 2017, 03:03:27 PM
Ohio inmate getting pillow to help him breathe during execution
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's prisons agency will give a condemned inmate a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe during his execution this week.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction plans to provide the pillow for death row prisoner Alva Campbell on Wednesday because of breathing issues he could experience while lying flat.

A prison's doctor recommended the accommodation after Campbell became agitated when lying on his back during an exam last month.

An exam also failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell's arms.

Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says the agency is assessing Campbell's medical condition and history to identify necessary accommodations.

Campbell has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution, saying he is too ill to execute. He was sentenced to die for killing a teenager during a 1997 carjacking.

If you can't find a suitable vein Ohio. may I suggest smothering him with the pillow? 8)
Scheduled Executions / Re: Alva Campbell - OH - 11/15/17
November 10, 2017, 06:09:41 PM
Ohio governor won't spare the life of seriously ill inmate

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday rejected a request for mercy from a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health he should be spared from execution next month.

The Republican governor's decision came in the case of Alva Campbell, set to die by lethal injection on Nov. 15 for killing a teen during a 1997 carjacking. The slaying came five years after he was paroled on a different murder charge.

Kasich, who did not explain his decision, followed the Oct. 20 recommendation of the parole board, which concluded that Campbell's upbringing and childhood experiences "were certainly dysfunctional and no doubt traumatic" but must be weighed against the circumstances of his crime.

The board also cited the fact that Campbell had been responsible for two killings, among other offenses.

Campbell, 69, was paroled in 1992 after serving 20 years for killing a man in a Cleveland bar. On April 2, 1997, Campbell was in a wheelchair feigning paralysis when he overpowered a Franklin County sheriff's deputy on the way to a court hearing on several armed robbery charges, records show.

Campbell took the deputy's gun, carjacked 18-year-old Charles Dials and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head as Dials crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.

Campbell's attorneys have argued that Campbell is terminally ill with a variety of chronic diseases. He is unable to walk, or breathe without assistance and is dependent on a colostomy bag, according to federal public defender David Stebbins.  :P

Campbell has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution. Last week, he lost a bid to be executed by firing squad after a federal judge questioned whether lawmakers would enact the bill needed to allow the method.

Other inmates across the country have cited ill health as a way to avoid execution. Some have been successful, including Vernon Madison, a 66-year-old Alabama inmate with stroke-induced dementia, who was spared because he didn't understand his death sentence or remember the killing.

But many others have not had the same success, including double killer Richard Cooey, from Ohio, who was executed in 2008 despite arguing that his obesity would prevent humane lethal injection because viable veins in his arms were difficult to find.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Scott Dozier - NV - Stayed
November 10, 2017, 02:51:05 PM
Clark County judge delays execution of killer Scott Dozier planned for Tuesday

by Ben MargiottThursday, November 9th 2017

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- A Clark County judge delayed the execution of murderer Scott Dozier in a court hearing Thursday afternoon, indefinitely postponing the execution scheduled for November 14.

Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti ruled the execution delayed until receiving a ruling from the Nevada Supreme Court.

It was unclear how long that process would take, but Togliatti set the next hearing for Wednesday, November 15.

In a statement, the Nevada Department of Corrections said it asked for the stay after the court ruled against using the paralytic drug Cisatracurium to be used in a proposed three-drug lethal injection protocol.

"The Nevada Department of Corrections stands by the integrity of the protocol and therefore requested a stay of execution, which the court granted," the statement reads.
The ACLU of Nevada, which opposes Dozier's execution, released a statement saying it believed the paralytic "would mask possible suffering."

"We remain concerned about the proposed drug combination, however, with or without the paralytic," Amy Rose, legal director the Nevada ACLU, said in the statement. "This case is ripe for review by the Nevada Supreme Court, and Nevadans deserve the chance to see this execution scheme fully vetted in public."

This so called judge and the ACLU should both go f**k themselves.  Dozier has made it clear he wants to be executed.
San Antonio Man Set for March Execution for Lubbock Slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A 37-year-old San Antonio man convicted of the 2005 slaying of a pregnant Lubbock woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase at the Lubbock city landfill has received an execution date.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has received a Lubbock state district judge's order setting Rosendo Rodriguez III for lethal injection March 27.

Rodriguez was convicted of the fatal beating and choking of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin, who was five weeks pregnant. Rodriguez was in training as a Marine reservist in Lubbock when she was killed.

Court records show Rodriguez was linked to at least five other sexual assaults and confessed to the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who'd been missing for more than a year. Joanna Rogers' body also was found in a suitcase in the landfill.

Here is another asshole who desperately needs his justice juice.
The state of Texas executed Ruben Cardenas last evening.

Last words and such...

Asked by the warden to make a final statement, Cardenas replied, "No, sir."  In a handwritten statement released afterwards, Cardenas thanked his family, attorneys and the Mexican consulate for their help.

"Now! I will not and cannot apologize for someone else's crime, but, I will be Back for Justice," he wrote. "You can count on that!" (Come back as a 16 year old and get raped, strangled, have your throat slit and body dumped in a canal you POS)

His last meal was beef tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans, corn, salsa and spiced beef rolls.


Cardenas was the 7th condemned murderer executed in Texas this year and the 545th since executions resumed.
His was the 23rd 2017 US execution and the 1465th since 1976.

The skinny...

Cardenas got an extra 4 hours with a last minute appeal to SCOTUS.  This was ultimately denied and Texas lit him up at 10:26 PM CDT.

Up next...

Scott Raymond Dozier, a volunteer, is set to be executed in Nevada on November 14 for the 2002 murder of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller.