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Kosoul Chanthakoummane Execution Halted by Appellate Court

TX's next execution, set for Kosoul Chanthakoummane on July 19, has been halted by state appellate court.  His case will go back to trial court to review the use of allegedly discredited forensic sciences.  This is the 2nd time this year Texas has stayed Chanthakoummane's execution.
Scheduled Executions / Re: William Rayford - TX - 1/3...
Last post by john - June 19, 2017, 10:37:05 AM
I wonder if he has a penpal wife from PTO.
Scheduled Executions / William Rayford - TX - 1/30/18
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - June 13, 2017, 04:53:20 PM
Convicted Killer of Dallas Woman in 1999 Gets Execution Date

 HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Dallas man on death row for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend more than 17 years ago has received an execution date for early next year.

 Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the agency has received court documents setting 64-year-old William Rayford for lethal injection Jan. 30.

 Rayford had been on parole after serving eight years of a 23-year sentence for the slaying of his estranged wife when he was arrested for the November 1999 killing of his ex-girlfriend, Carol Lynn Thomas Hall.

The 44-year-old Hall was beaten, stabbed and strangled at her Dallas home. Her body then was dumped in a creek.

 Hall's 11-year-old son also was beaten and stabbed as he tried to stop the attack but survived and testified against Rayford.

Ahh just let the POS out again...I'm sure he has reformed.
Off Topic - Anything / Re: Website of Texas Departmen...
Last post by Londoner77 - June 11, 2017, 09:00:36 PM
Seems a bit odd.
Works fine in the uk!
Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Ledell Lee - AR - 4/20/17
Last post by turboprinz - June 11, 2017, 11:53:06 AM
Give the scumbag a face....
South Carolina Death Penalty News / Re: Roof gets death
Last post by turboprinz - June 11, 2017, 11:43:53 AM
Dylann Roof files appeal against conviction, death sentence
May 24, 2017

May 24 (UPI) -- Dylann Roof, who shot dead nine churchgoers at a historic black church in Charleston, has appealed his conviction and death sentence, his lawyers said.

Roof's attorneys on Tuesday sent a formal notice, which did not contain arguments against his conviction or death sentence, to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia. The lawyers, who will now be replaced by federal public defenders in Maryland and California during the appeals process, attempted to defend Roof during trial but Roof later decided to defend himself.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel previously rejected Roof's requests for a new trial or an acquittal. Appeals for capital cases can last for years and can often indefinitely postone executions, The Post and Courier reported.

In April, Roof was transferred to death row in Indiana.

Roof, a self-avowed white supremacist, in December was convicted on numerous counts of murder, obstruction of justice and dozens of other charges in the June 17, 2015, shooting at a Bible study session at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pickney, 41, who was also a pastor at the church; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Sharonda Singleton, 45; and Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, died in the attack.
South Carolina Death Penalty News / Roof gets death
Last post by turboprinz - June 11, 2017, 11:42:19 AM
Jan 10, 2017

Unanimous jury sentences Dylann Roof to death after he showed no remorse for mass murder in South Carolina church

A unanimous jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black churchgoers as they attended Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015.

The jury returned the verdict after less than three hours of deliberation. The 12-member panel agreed unanimously on each of the non-statutory aggravating factors, including a lack of remorse, that Roof's crime was racially motivated and that he intentionally sought to cause harm to others.

Reporters in the courtroom described 22-year-old Roof, a self-avowed white supremacist, as staring "straight ahead" and "emotionless" as U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel told him his fate.

After the verdict, Roof reportedly stood to speak, and said, "I'd like to request court-appointed new lawyers." Roof opted to represent himself in the sentencing portion of the trial and relegated his attorney David Bruck to standby counsel.

Gergel told Roof that he was "strongly disinclined" to heed his request but that he could discuss the matter further Wednesday morning during the sentencing conference. Gergel also indicated he had not heard enough evidence to suggest that his previous lawyers had provided ineffective counsel.

Gergel thanked the jury for its service, according to reporters from the Post and Courier. "You have been attentive, you have been patient, you have been careful."

As VICE News reported earlier in the day, Roof delivered his closing remarks to the jury without any indication that he regretted what he had done. "I didn't have to do anything," Roof said. "[But] I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it."

But he still seemed to ask the jury to consider sparing his life. Roof reminded the jury that under federal law, a death sentence must be handed down with a unanimous verdict. If just one juror had dissented, Roof would have received life in prison without the possibility of parole. "From what I've been told, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence," Roof said. "But I'm not sure what good that would do anyway."

Last month, the same jurors unanimously found Roof guilty of all 33 charges related to the massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

During the course of the trial, prosecutors painted a picture of a cold, calculated young man who was consumed by racial hatred and who spent months plotting the church massacre, emphasizing how he sat in his car outside the church, loading eight magazines, for 28 minutes.

Roof entered the church where 12 people, including Rev. Clementa Pinckney, had gathered for Bible study. Pinckney invited Roof to sit beside him, survivors recalled, and handed him a Bible and a leaflet containing that week's scripture lesson. It wasn't until the congregants had their heads bowed in prayer that the first shots rang out.

Polly Sheppard, who survived the attack, tearfully recalled in the guilt portion of the trial last month how she ran for cover and saw bullet casings clatter to the floor around her. Sheppard says that Roof told her he would spare her life so that she could tell others what happened.

In closing statements, U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson reminded the jury that Roof had worn shoes adorned in racist symbols, like swastikas, to court.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced last May that she would, on behalf of the U.S. Justice Department, seek the federal death penalty for Roof, contrary to the wishes of many of his victims' family members. "Sentencing him to death is not justice," wrote Amnesty International USA in a statement. "It will not heal the deep racial wounds that continue to wreak violence in our nation."

Roof had hoped to "start a race war," his friend Joey Meek told media outlets after the massacre. On his website, "The Last Rhodesian," Roof posted a 2000-word manifesto,  where he railed against black Americans. "We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet," Roof wrote. "Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me."

He didn't start a race war, but he did prompt a national conversation about race and white supremacy, which led to widespread criticism of the persisting presence of Confederate monuments scattered across the South. That debate culminated in South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's decision to remove the Confederate flag altogether from the state legislature building.

Roof's mental competency was evaluated twice during the trial. Both times, psychiatrists found him to be sufficiently sound to stand trial. Roof also rejected efforts by his standby counsel to frame his actions in terms of mental illness.

Formal sentencing will take place at 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Off Topic - Anything / Website of Texas Department of...
Last post by turboprinz - June 11, 2017, 10:16:37 AM

since a few weeks i always got the message that the website can`t be found (server error). i found the reason: The website canīt be shown in Germany (and maybe some other countries) outside the US.

Now i am using a proxy and tell the page that i am in US...and the website is shown as in past.

Donīt understand why the website of Texas Department of Criminal Justice shouldnīt viewed outside the US

Donna Roberts / Re: Former Howland woman sent ...
Last post by turboprinz - June 09, 2017, 08:52:22 PM
High Court Once Again Upholds Death Sentence for Ohio Woman

The state Supreme Court has for the third time upheld the death sentence for Ohio's only condemned female killer.

May 30, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has for the third time upheld the death sentence for Ohio's only condemned female killer.

The court ruled 6-1 Tuesday in the case of Donna Roberts, sentenced to death for a third time in 2014.

In the past, the court said a prosecutor improperly helped prepare a sentencing motion in Roberts' case and that a judge hadn't fully considered factors that could argue against a death sentence.

Justice Terrence O'Donnell, writing for the majority, rejected arguments that allowing a new judge to sentence Roberts after the original judge died was unconstitutional.

The 73-year-old Roberts was accused of planning her ex-husband's murder with a boyfriend in hopes of collecting insurance money.

The boyfriend, Nathaniel Jackson, also was sentenced to death in the 2001 slaying.
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