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Hey Kitten:  Conner, Fuller, Sallie, Smith, Wilson, Gray, Edwards, Christeson and Bigby are waiting to join the club.  8)
Stays of Execution / Re: Romell Broom - Ohio - Stay...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - March 23, 2017, 03:32:49 PM
Ohio death row inmate Romell Broom resists setting new date

CBS News

 COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Attorneys for a convicted Ohio killer who survived an execution attempt in 2009 are opposing a request to set a new execution date.

 Death row inmate Romell Broom was sentenced to die after being found guilty by a jury of abducting, raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984. He denies that he did it.

 The state stopped Broom's execution after two hours in September 2009 when executioners failed to find a usable vein despite 18 attempts to insert needles.

 Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley wants the Ohio Supreme Court to set an execution date, saying Broom has stalled his execution for seven years with appeals.

 Broom's attorneys said in a Wednesday filing that Broom has important appeals pending and that the state shouldn't be in a hurry to set a new date.  :P

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court turned away Broom's arguments that a second attempt would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.
Clemency hearings set for 5 death row inmates

 The Arkansas Parole Board scheduled clemency hearings for five of the eight inmates scheduled to be executed in April.

According to the Arkansas Department of Correction, clemency hearings have been set for Stacey Johnson and Ledelle Lee on March 24; Marcell Williams on March 27; and Kenneth Williams and Jason McGehee on March 31.

 In February, Gov. Asa Hutchinson set the execution dates for eight inmates on death row, saying it was required by law.

 Hutchinson set the following execution dates:

 Don Williams Davis - April 17

 Bruce Earl Ward - April 17

 Ledelle Lee - April 20

 Stacey Eugene Johnson - April 20

 Jack Harold Jones - April 24

 Marcel Williams - April 24

 Kenneth D. Williams - April 27

 Jason F. McGehee - April 27

 Arkansas hasn't executed an inmate since 2005 due to legal challenges and issues getting execution drugs.
Texas killer Ruiz apologizes for '92 contract murder before execution

March 8 (UPI) -- After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal, condemned contract killer Rolando Ruiz, Jr., was executed Tuesday night by the state of Texas -- its third lethal injection in the past two months.

Prison officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville administered the lethal drugs at around 10:30 p.m., not long after the Supreme Court's decision. He was pronounced dead 29 minutes later.

Ruiz previously received two stays of execution from federal and state appeals courts. Monday, a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit denied another request for a stay and the United States' highest court followed suit late Tuesday.

Ruiz, 44, was tried and convicted of the 1992 contract killing of Theresa Rodriguez, which was orchestrated by her husband, Michael, and his brother, Mark, in order to collect on her $400,000 life insurance policy.

Ruiz showed remorse for the 29-year-old woman's death in his final statement Tuesday night.

"I would like to say to the Sanchez family how sorry I am. Words cannot begin to express how sorry I am and the hurt that I have caused you and your family," he told the woman's relatives just moments before his execution began. "To my family, thank you for all your love and support. I am at peace. Jesus Christ is Lord. I love you all."

Two of Theresa Rodriguez's sisters and two brothers in-law witnessed the execution, as did an acquaintance and half-brother of Ruiz's.

Rolando Ruiz, Jr., had previously received two stays of execution from federal and state courts. A federal judge, however, denied a request for another this week. Photo courtesy Texas Department of Criinal Justice
"There's never closure," the victim's father, Eddie Sanchez, said Monday. "It's not going to bring my daughter back."

Detectives found during their criminal investigation that Ruiz was paid $2,000 to kill Rodriguez when she returned home from an outing with her husband and brother in-law, who were in on the plot, on July 14, 1992. She was shot once in the face by Ruiz, who ambushed her while she sat in a car in the driveway of her San Antonio home.

The Rodriguez brothers pleaded guilty in the case and received life in prison. Ruiz, who was 20 at the time of the crime, was given a death sentence after a jury found him guilty of capital murder in May 1995.

Michael Rodriguez was later a member of the Texas Seven, a group of prisoners who escaped from a prison in east central Texas in 2000. He was executed eight years later for killing a police officer during the escape.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Ivan Teleguz - VA - 04/25/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - March 17, 2017, 02:10:35 PM
Federal Appeals Court Declines to Halt Virginia Execution

 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has refused to put a Virginia death row inmate's execution on hold so he can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued an order Thursday declining the request from Ivan Teleguz, who is scheduled to be executed April 25.

 Teleguz was sentenced to death in 2006 for hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend but maintains he's innocent. He asked the 4th Circuit last week to stay his execution so the high court could review his argument that he was denied the right to effective counsel.

 His attorneys said in a statement that Teleguz will now petition Gov. Terry McAuliffe to grant him clemency.
Scheduled Executions / Re: James Bigby - TX - 03/14/2...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - March 15, 2017, 05:28:48 PM
Up next...

Paul David Storey is set to be executed in Texas on April 12 for the 2006 murder of Jonas Cherry.  The Arkansas doubleheader will just have to wait.  8)
Scheduled Executions / Re: James Bigby - TX - 03/14/2...
Last post by deeg - March 15, 2017, 05:14:09 PM
Hopefully, this child-killing scum is on the fast slide into hell.  May all his victims be at peace and have some level of "closure."  Dee
Scheduled Executions / Re: James Bigby - TX - 03/14/2...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - March 15, 2017, 01:43:21 PM
James Eugene Bigby was executed by the state of Texas last evening at 6:31 PM CDT

Last words and such...

Strapped to the death chamber gurney, Bigby looked directly at six relatives of his victims watching through a window a few feet from him and repeatedly said he was sorry.  "I hope this will bring you peace and I'm sorry for all the pain and suffering," he told them, his voice cracking at times. "I hope that you could forgive me, but if you don't, I understand. I don't think I could forgive anyone who would have killed my children."  As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, he prayed and said several times: "I promise, I'm sorry."  He was singing "Jesus Loves Me" as the drug took effect, took a few breaths, started snoring and then stopped all movement.

His last meal was pepper steak, steamed rice, carrots, green beans, oven-fried potatoes, bread and pineapple.


Bigby was the 4th condemned murderer executed in Texas this year and the 542nd since executions resumed.
His was the 6th 2017 US execution and the 1448th since 1976.

The skinny...

Bigby spent 25 years on death row and filed no last minute appeals...lights out at 6:31 PM.

Up next...

Arkansas has a doubleheader scheduled for April 17...Don William Davis for the 1990 slaying of Jane Daniel and Bruce Earl Ward for the 1989 capital murder of eighteen-year-old Rebecca Doss.
Scheduled Executions / Re: James Bigby - TX - 03/14/2...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - March 14, 2017, 07:50:07 PM
MEDIA ADVISORY: James Eugene Bigby Scheduled for Execution

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Austin 

Pursuant to a court order by Criminal District Court No. 3 of Tarrant County, James Eugene Bigby is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

In 1991, Bigby was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection for murdering Michael Trekell and his infant son Jayson Kehler. In 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit overturned Bigby's original death sentence, necessitating a retrial on punishment. Bigby was sentenced to death for a second time in 2006. Below is a summary of the evidence.


In its opinion denying Bigby's petition for a writ of habeas corpus following the punishment retrial, the federal district court summarized the facts of the offense as follows:

In late 1987, Bigby killed three friends (plus the infant son of one of them) because he believed they were conspiring with Frito-Lay to avoid paying him a workers' compensation claim.

On the evening of December 23, 1987, Bigby went to the home of his friend, Michael Trekell, and brought two steaks for dinner. While Trekell was preparing the steaks, Bigby shot and killed him, and then drowned Trekell's sixteen-week-old son, Jayson Kehler. Bigby then drove across town to the apartment of another friend, Wesley Crane. After visiting with Crane for a while, Bigby asked Crane to drive him to the store in Crane's truck. During the drive home, Bigby forced Crane to pull over and get out of the truck at gunpoint. He shot Crane in the head, killing him, and left his body in the road. Bigby returned to Crane's apartment complex, retrieved a bag from his car containing a pistol and a shotgun, and drove away in Crane's truck. About 3:20 a.m. on December 24th, Bigby arrived at the home of his friend, Frank "Bubba" Johnson, and rang the doorbell. Johnson answered the door and, after a short discussion, Bigby shot him three times with the shotgun, killing him. He then fled in the truck.

A massive manhunt ensued, and Bigby surrendered to police on December 26, 1987, after a stand-off at a local motel. During the stand-off, a police negotiator told Bigby, "You're an American. You're presumed innocent until proven guilty. Everything is going to be all right." Bigby replied, "I'm guilty. I know it and so do you." Bigby later confessed to the murders in writing. A fingerprint found on a wine cooler bottle at the Trekell home matched Bigby's left middle finger. A firearms expert testified that a bullet fragment recovered from the Trekell crime scene had been fired from a .357 revolver found in Bigby's motel room.


In March 1991, a Tarrant County jury convicted Bigby of capital murder. After a separate punishment proceeding, Bigby was sentenced to death.

On November 2, 1994, Bigby's conviction and sentence were affirmed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on direct appeal.

The Supreme Court denied review of Bigby's direct appeal proceeding on June 26, 1995.

Bigby's application for state habeas corpus relief was denied by the Court of Criminal Appeals on February 4, 1998.

Bigby's initial federal petition for a writ of habeas corpus was denied by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, on October 18, 1999.

On March 8, 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit vacated Bigby's death sentence due to jury-charge error.

The Supreme Court denied certiorari review of the 5th Circuit's decision on October 3, 2005.

In September 2006, a new sentencing trial was held, and Bigby was again sentenced to death.

On October 8, 2008, the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Bigby's second death sentence.

The Court of Criminal Appeals denied Bigby's state habeas application challenging his second death sentence on December 17, 2008.

The Supreme Court denied certiorari review of the Court of Criminal Appeals's decision on direct appeal on April 20, 2009.

The federal district court denied Bigby's federal petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging his second death sentence on April 5, 2013.

The 5th Circuit denied any certificate of appealability and affirmed the federal district court's decision on December 18, 2014.

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court denied Bigby's petition for certiorari review.

On November 1, 2016, the state trial court issued an order setting Bigby's execution date for March 14, 2017.


The federal district court made note of the State's evidence presented at the punishment retrial:

The State presented evidence that Bigby had been incarcerated for burglary in 1977 and for burglary of a motor vehicle in 1983. The judge and several other persons connected to Bigby's 1991 trial testified about Bigby's attempt to kidnap the trial judge during that first trial. According to the testimony, Bigby had seized a loaded revolver from the judge's bench, walked into chambers, pointed the gun at the judge's head, and said, "Let's go, Judge." The judge immediately grabbed Bigby's hand and, with the prosecutor's assistance, wrestled Bigby to the ground. Two bailiffs entered the chambers and removed the revolver from Bigby's hand.

 The State also presented evidence of Bigby's extraneous, unadjudicated offenses: car theft, burglary, sale and use of methamphetamine, identity theft, credit card fraud, check fraud, other scams involving stolen rental property, and a sexual assault of a five year-old girl when he was a teenager. As an adult, Bigby regularly recruited younger men to help him steal cars and engage in other scams, several of whom testified for the State. One witness described Bigby as a full-time thief. A man who had known Bigby all of his life testified that Bigby's workers' compensation claim was also fraudulent.

There was testimony that people were concerned about getting on Bigby's bad side. Bigby once asked a friend to buy him a gun so he could kill his unfaithful girlfriend and a bunch of other people. In 1986, Bigby had threatened to kill Frank "Bubba" Johnson and take half the Fort Worth Police Department with him. Bigby's attitude was that he would never to be taken alive and would never go back to prison.

Meredith Perry knew Bigby in the 1980s, and she testified, among other things, that Bigby once removed the wing nuts on his mother's crutches, causing them to collapse. Perry said Bigby also cashed his mother's disability check and stole Perry's prescription pain medicine to resell on the street. Bigby's ex-wife testified that Bigby could pick locks and would enter her apartment when she was not home. She moved to a women's shelter after Bigby had attacked her multiple times. During their separation, Bigby broke into her apartment and drilled holes in her bathroom ceiling so he could spy on her from the attic. Another female acquaintance testified that Bigby would break into her apartment as well, and when she confronted Bigby, he grabbed her by the throat, shoved her, and told her he comes and goes as he pleases.
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