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May Execution Date for AR Death Row Inmate

Reported by: KARK 4 News
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 @03:15pm CST

For the third time since last month, an execution date has been set by the governor for an Arkansas Death Row inmate.

Governor Mike Beebe today set May 4th as the execution date for Stacey Eugene Johnson, 40. Johnson was convicted of the 1994 murder of Carol Heath in De Queen and sentenced to death.

On January 25th, Beebe set April 12th as the execution date for Don W. Davis, 47. Davis was sentenced to death for killing a Rogers woman in 1990.

On January 14th, Gov. Beebe set a March 16th execution date for Jack Harold Jones, 45. Jones was sentenced to death for raping and killing Mary Phillips and attempting to kill her 11-year-old daughter Lacey back in 1995.

Last month, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel had asked the governor to set execution dates for Jones, Davis and Johnson.

The last time Arkansas executed an inmate was in November 2005.

Executions in Arkansas had been put on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court heard a Kentucky case challenging the lethal injection procedure.

http://arkansasmatters.com/content/news/fulltext?cid=292641

ScoopD (aka: Pam)



The Crime: On the morning of April 2, 1993, a friend discovered Carol Heath's body in the living room of Heath's apartment in DeQueen, Arkansas. When the police removed Heath's two children from the home, Ashley Heath, then six years old, told Heath's friend that a man had broken into the home during the night. Ashley was interviewed by Arkansas state police investigator Hayes McWhirter a few hours later. Ashley told McWhirter that a black male with "a girl sounding name" had come to the house during the night. Ashley said that the man, who was wearing a green shirt and sweater, told Heath that he had just been released from jail, and said that the man was mad at Heath for dating another man, Branson Ramsey. Ashley said that after her mother and the man fought, she saw her mother on the floor bleeding, and that the man was next to her mother, holding a knife.
<br /><br />If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. -Thomas Paine<br /><br />My reason for supporting capital punishment: My cousin 16 yr. old Amanda Greenwell was murdered in March of 2004 at the hands of serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones.

heidi salazar

Woo Hoo new date!!  :( :(

Michael

A lot of work for Pam to mantain the calender on the main site.  ;)

Michael
I´m not sure if there´s a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.

heidi salazar

Death row inmate Stacey Johnson makes case before parole board

A man sentenced to die for killing a De Queen woman by slashing her throat while her young children were home denies committing the crime and asked to be saved from the death penalty.

Stacey Eugene Johnson, 40, told the Arkansas Parole Board meeting in Varner Monday that he didn't kill Carol Jean Heath and asked the board for clemency. He said he was on his way to Alburquerque, N.M., when Heath was killed.

Johnson's attorney, Jeff Rosenzweig, said evidence that another person may have committed the murder was excluded from Johnson's trial and that a judge prohibited retesting of DNA evidence.

Johnson is to be executed May 4.

A clemency recommendation by the board would be sent to Gov. Mike Beebe to approve or reject.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=101836

heidi salazar

Victim's family: "Justice is the death penalty"

A death row inmate wants his scheduled execution stopped.  Stacey Johnson, 40, is asking for clemency saying new evidence could clear him of the brutal murder of a mother in front of her children.  But her kids are all grown up now and want Johnson to die for his crime.

Melissa Cassidy addressing the parole board about her sister Carol Heath who was murdered in April 1993 at her home in DeQueen.

"She was my only sibling," Cassidy said fighting back tears. "We were best friends.  She died way too young and she should not have died."

Heath's killer Stacey Johnson is asking to be spared lethal injection on May 4, saying DNA retesting could prove his innocence.  But the state says retesting has already strengthened his guilt.

"That DNA ratio grew substantially after retesting," Lauren Heil with the attorney general's office said.  "From 1 in 250 to 1 in 720 million."

"People can lie, people can hide stuff," prosecuting attorney Bryan Chesshir says.  "But DNA doesn't lie."

In addition to DNA, Heath's 6-year old daughter saw the crime happen and identified Johnson twice in a photo lineup.  Now almost 23, she is still a protected witness so we could not show her face during the hearing.

"The only reason these two kids are alive today is because she was smart enough at 6 years old to grab her 2-year old brother and hide in the closet," Chesshir says.

However, her aunt left no mistake on where the family stands.

"Stacey Johnson does not deserve clemency for taking my sister away, not just from me, but from my parents and her children," Cassidy says.

Heath's daughter was too overcome with emotion to read her prepared statement.  However an attorney read the statement for her and told the parole board she suffers from a list of psychological dysfunctions from witnessing her mom's murder on her 6th birthday.

The parole board could make their decision on whether to recommend clemency as early as tomorrow.  If they do, Governor Beebe has the final decision on whether to grant it.

http://www.cwarkansas.com/news/local/story/Victims-family-Justice-is-the-death-penalty/HsRhuKnv_ESw8Z4L8_8VOA.cspx

Rick4404

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March 30, 2010, 09:41:56 PM Last Edit: March 30, 2010, 09:59:49 PM by Rick4404
Don't look for this one to go down as scheduled...isn't Arkansas still embroiled in something of a legal brouhaha relative to its lethal injection protocol?

heidi salazar

Not unless there is an appeal before the Supreme Court. In October of 2009 AR Supreme Court rejected the appeal and in February 2010 the 8th Circuit Court of appeals denied the appeal.

Anne

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April 01, 2010, 08:58:14 AM Last Edit: April 01, 2010, 09:57:57 AM by Heidi
http://www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=12233803

Board rejects convicted killer's clemency request

Associated Press - March 31, 2010 11:24 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Parole Board has unanimously rejected the clemency request of a death row inmate convicted of killing a De Queen woman in 1993.

The decision released Wednesday and dated Monday shows all six members of the Parole Board agreeing that 40-year-old Stacey Eugene Johnson's death sentence should not be reduced.

Johnson is to die by lethal injection on May 4 for the death of Carol Jean Heath. Heath was killed in her home - her throat slashed - while her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son hid in the home.

Johnson on Monday asked for clemency - saying he did not kill Heath and was on his way to Albuquerque, N.M., at the time of the crime.

Heath's daughter - Ashley Heath - asked that Johnson's execution be carried out as scheduled.









Anne

Jacques

Reported by: KARK 4 News

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 @09:15am CDT

By a unanimous vote earlier this week, the Arkansas Board of Parole determined that an executive clemency application filed by a death-row inmate was without merit.

The seven-member board will provide its recommendation against executive clemency for Stacey Eugene Johnson, 40, to the Governor.

The board agreed that the arguments made and the documents presented on Johnson's behalf were not compelling in light of the arguments and documentation presented by State authorities The board cited Johnson's prior criminal history and the nature and seriousness of the offense in denying his application.

Johnson was convicted of the 1994 murder of Carol Heath in De Queen. At Johnson's clemency hearing on Monday, prosecutors said Johnson had just been released from jail and was angry when he found out Heath was dating a friend of his.

Johnson's mother Shirley also addressed the board at the hearing, saying, "My God, don't execute my child for something he didn't do. My son did not commit this crime. He was on his way to Albuquerque when this thing happened."

The victim's daughter, who was six-years-old at the time, also addressed the board. The Attorney General's office read the statement she gave to police. "I walked in and the black male had a knife on the floor beside Mommy. She was on the floor bleeding," said Assistant Attorney General office's Ken Holt as he read the statement.

The victim's sister also pleaded with the board not to commute Johnson's death sentence. "She was my only sibling. We were best friends. She died way too young and she should not have died," said Melissa Cassady about her murdered sister.

The board's recommendation to deny executive clemency is non-binding and the decision to grant or deny clemency lies with the Governor.

The Arkansas Board of Parole held two separate hearings this week, the first to allow Johnson to present his case for executive clemency and the second to allow Johnson's victim's family and other interested parties to present input as to why the application should be denied.

Johnson filed the unsuccessful petition earlier this month. His execution date has been set for May 4th.

The last time Arkansas executed an inmate was in November 2005. http://arkansasmatters.com/content/news/fulltext?cid=303061

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Jacques

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." Albert Einstein

Rick4404

It seems that Gov. Mike Beebe will let this one go through. I don't see him intervening here.

Jeff1857

ARKANSAS----stay of 2 impending executions

Judge stays executions for 2 death-row inmates


A federal judge today stayed the scheduled executions of 2-death row inmates who joined a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' lethal injection procedure.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes dismissed the lawsuit but stayed the executions of condemned killers Don W. Davis and Stacey Eugene Johnson pending appeal. Davis was set to die April 12 and Johnson was scheduled to die May 4.

Last month, death-row inmate Jack Harold Jones Jr. filed a lawsuit challenging the state Methods of Execution Act, approved last year by the Legislature. The lawsuit claims the law is unconstitutional because it hinders his ability to pursue a legal claim by denying him access to the actual lethal injection protocol that will be used to execute him.

Holmes agreed to hear Jones lawsuit and stayed his scheduled March 16 execution. Davis, Johnson and 4 other death-row inmates later were allowed to intervene in the case.

In today's ruling, Holmes described the lawsuit as "speculation," but granted the stays for Davis and Johnson because he had previously granted a stay for Jones.

"The issues raised are serious and the plaintiffs are entitled to appeal the dismissal of their complaint," Holmes wrote. "Absent a stay of execution, Davis and Johnson could suffer irreparable harm. The balance of harm and public interest support a stay of execution."

Davis was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the 1990 execution-style slaying of Jane Daniel of Rogers.

Johnson was sentenced to death for the 1993 slaying of Carol Health, who was killed in her De Queen apartment.

Jones was sentenced to death for raping and killing Bald Knob bookkeeper Mary Phillips in 1995. Phillips' daughter also was severely beaten in the attack.

(source: Arkansas News Bureau)


Elric of Melnibone

I have confidence in the Gov. in this case.  They deserve what they have been give by THEIR own actions.
You can lead an ass to water and if you fight long and hard, you can make it drink.  But at the end of the day, after all the fighting, it is still an ass.

Banned from PTO 3 times so far for life.

v1976ra

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April 06, 2010, 07:17:34 AM Last Edit: April 06, 2010, 07:19:44 AM by v1976ra
And somewhere in the great state of Arkansas the mysterious relative of Jack Jones is dancing around his 1974 Fleetwood Mobile Home, rejoicing in the fact that he won't have to go on a shooting spree, as he threatened right here in this forum. Loser.  ;D

Seriously though, did any of these scumbags inform their victims how they were going to die? Did any of them offer appeals or let them challenge the Constitutionality of their methods? For example, did Jones let Mary Philips inspect the coffee pot cord before strangling her with it? Did Johnson care how the victim or her children felt when he was taking her ife? The answers are NO, NO, NO, and NO. So why should they be entitled to drag their cases out even longer using such baseless arguments? Even if the USDC has stepped in, it's still on Arkansas to get tough and settle this matter in the name of justice. If it means following Ohio and switching to a one drug protocol, then so be it. Do it and do it fast before these dirt bags spend the rest of their lives stinking up Arkansas' DR before dying of old age.  >:(

Jeff1857

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has lifted stays of execution for two Arkansas death-row inmates, one of them scheduled to be put to death Monday.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, on Friday decided to lift the stays that had been imposed last Monday.

Jeff Rosenzweig of Little Rock, lawyer for one of the inmates, Stacey W. Johnson, said he would ask for reconsideration of the matter by the full 8th Circuit Court, "and if that's unsuccessful, we'll go to the U.S. Supreme Court."

The other inmate involved in Friday's ruling by the 8th Circuit, Don W. Davis, is scheduled to be executed Monday. He was given the death penalty for the 1990 execution-style slaying of Jane Daniel of Rogers. His lawyer, Deborah R. Sallings, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

http://www.fox16.com/news/state/story/Appeals-court-lifts-stay-of-Mon-execution-in-Ark/Y1D5XAy_xE-k7bEMfTrstQ.cspx?rss=316

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