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Texas Death Penalty News / TX Faces of Death Row - filter...
Last post by turboprinz - July 17, 2017, 08:51:31 PM

Here is a look at the 235 inmates currently on Texas' death row. Texas, which reinstated the death penalty in 1976, has the most active execution chamber in the nation. On average, these inmates have spent 14 years, 9 months on death row. Though 12 percent of the state's residents are black, 43 percent of death row inmates are.

Texas Death Penalty News / Re: Texas Death Penalty News
Last post by turboprinz - July 17, 2017, 08:46:43 PM
Texan on death row will face parole review instead of execution

For the second time in a week, a Texas death row inmate had his sentenced tossed out. Robert Campbell, 44, has been on death row for nearly 25 years in a Houston kidnapping and murder.
May 10, 2017

A Texas man on death row for almost 25 years will now face parole review instead of an execution date. The Texas Attorney General's office tossed a death sentence Wednesday for a long-serving occupant of Texas' death row in light of a March U.S. Supreme Court ruling on intellectual disability and capital punishment.

It was the second time in a week the sentence of one of the state's death row inmate's was reduced.

Robert James Campbell, 44, was convicted and sentenced to death for the January 1991 abduction and murder of Alejandra Rendon in Houston. Campbell kidnapped Rendon, a bank teller, from a gas station before raping and killing her, according to a statement from the Harris County District Attorney's Office on the change of sentence.

In a recent appeal, Campbell claimed that he was not eligible for the death penalty because he is intellectually disabled. Campbell's tested IQ was 69, according to a court advisory announcing the sentence change.

Also impacting Wednesday's decision was the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in March in favor of a Texas death row inmate, Bobby Moore, that invalidated the state's long-standing method of determining if a death-sentenced inmate was intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. The ruling called into question multiple death sentences, some of which are decades old. (Moore's case is still winding through lower courts.)

After the state psychologist's review and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Texas Attorney General's Office decided that pursuing the punishment "would not serve the interests of justice."

Now, Campbell will be resentenced to life in prison, which also means he will become immediately eligible for parole. In 1991, a punishment of life without parole did not exist in Texas, and parole became eligible after 15 years, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. But District Attorney Kim Ogg said she will file formal protests at any parole hearings and do everything in her power to keep Campbell in prison for the rest of his life.

"In unison with his victims and their families, we will do everything we can to see that he serves every second of his life sentence," Ogg said in a statement.

Rendon's family was disappointed in the change of sentence, but accepted the decisions made by Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a statement sent by Rendon's cousin, Israel Santana.

"We truly believe that justice would have been properly served with his execution ... At this point, we can only hope and pray that Robert James Campbell spends the rest of his living years behind bars, and himself seeks forgiveness from our God Almighty," Santana wrote.

Last week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals vacated the death sentence of Pedro Solis Sosa, who has lived on death row for more than 32 years. He will also become eligible for parole.
World Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Japan death penalty news
Last post by turboprinz - July 15, 2017, 09:45:23 PM
Japan executes two inmates, including one who appealed for a retrial
Jul 13, 2017

Japan hanged two death-row inmates Thursday morning, including a man convicted of multiple murders who had reportedly been seeking a retrial, the Justice Ministry said.

Masakatsu Nishikawa, one of the two executed prisoners, had filed an appeal for a retrial. Nishikawa, 61, was convicted of murdering four female bar managers in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, in 1991.

The other executed inmate was Koichi Sumida, 34, who was sentenced to death in February 2013 by the Okayama District Court for killing his former colleague, Misa Kato, 27, a temp staff worker on Sept. 30, 2011.

Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda ordered the executions, which were the 18th and 19th carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power in December 2012.

The previous execution, the first ordered by Kaneda, was carried out last November, when a man was hanged for killing two women in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Kaneda told a news conference following the 2016 execution that the punishment was meted out for "an extremely cruel case in which the precious lives of the victims were taken for selfish purposes. I gave the order after careful consideration."

In October 2016, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations issued a declaration calling for the abolition of capital punishment and the introduction of life sentences without parole by 2020.

Kaneda has expressed opposition to the idea, saying, "A majority of Japanese citizens believe the death penalty is inevitable against heinous crimes."

According to human rights organization Amnesty International, 141 countries legally or effectively abolished capital punishment as of the end of 2016. In 2016, 23 countries or regions, including Japan, executed inmates.

Amnesty protested against the execution of the two inmates later Thursday.

"Cautious examination was necessary under the capital punishment system, as a nation takes away people's lives," Amnesty said in a statement, referring to the case of Nishikawa, who had filed a plea for a retrial. "For fair judgment, an opportunity for retrial should be secured," it said.

Addressing Sumida's situation, Amnesty pointed out that his dropping the case automatically led to the ruling. "Under the current system, even if the case has a problem in the process of investigation and indictment, the problem is overlooked when the suspect withdraws the case," the organization continued. "The execution (of the two inmates) lacks a view to secure the right for fair judgment."
Cases to Watch / Re: Jessica Chambers in Panola...
Last post by Observer - July 13, 2017, 04:35:35 PM
15 Jul 2015

The man who stands accused of dousing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, a Courtland teenager, with flammable liquid and setting her ablaze along a lonely road in 2014,  entered a plea of not guilty Friday in DeSoto County Circuit Court. The alleged crime occurred in Panola County but the presiding judge in the case, Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham, heard the plea on Friday in Hernando. Chatham serves as Circuit Judge of the 17th Judicial District.

Wearing a standard, jail-issue bright yellow jumpsuit and speaking softly as he approached the bench, 27-year-old Quinton Verdell Tellis entered the not guilty plea through his attorney. The case has drawn national attention and Tellis faced a phalanx of television and still photographers inside the courtroom and outside as Tellis was hustled back to the DeSoto County Adult Detention Center facility where he has been housed since extradition proceedings from Louisiana, where he was being held on another charge in connection with the alleged stabbing death of another young woman. In that unrelated case, he was charged with the unauthorized use of the woman's debit card, which Louisiana prosecutors allege was obtained through robbery.

Chambers was discovered on Dec. 6, 2014, barely alive after being set on fire near her car on rural Herron Road in Panola County. She would carry the identity of her alleged killer with her to the grave. A special grand jury in Panola County charged Tellis with capital murder in the death of Chambers while "in commission of the crime of third-degree arson." Tellis is also charged as a habitual offender due to past convictions in Panola involving two burglary cases.

His voice cracking with emotion, Jessica Chamber's father, Ben Chambers, said his family has leaned heavily on their Christian faith to enable them to get through the ordeal. It's that same faith that will see them through the trial of his daughter's alleged killer, according to Chambers. "I hope everything works out," Ben Chambers said after being escorted out the rear of the courthouse by armed deputies. "I know it will. I am a man of faith. The best law enforcement in the world has worked on this case -- I can tell you that."
Cases to Watch / Re: Jessica Chambers in Panola...
Last post by Observer - July 13, 2017, 04:32:14 PM
24 Feb 2016

Mississippi prosecutors charged the man suspected of burning to death 19-year-old Jessica Chambers with capital murder -- a charge that has the possibility of the death penalty. Panola County District Attorney John Champion announced the charges against Quinton Verdell Tellis, 27, at a press conference Wednesday morning held by investigators who worked on the case for the past 14 hours and were baffled by the scarcity of information on the mysterious murder.
"This has been the most unusual case that I've ever dealt with, the nature of how she died was very brutal and very horrendous," Champion said. Investigators offered few details in how they came to single out Tellis in the murder of the cheerleader. The crime shook up the tiny Courtland, Miss., town where she was discovered in December 2014 outside of her white 2005 Kia Rio with more than 90 percent of her body burned. She was found by firefighters after she had managed to escape the flame-engulfed car, but died hours later at a hospital in Memphis.

Medical examiners later discovered she had been forced to drink lighter fluid by her assailant before being lit on fire inside her car. It's believed Chambers was having a relationship with Tellis, even though they were eight years apart. Investigators called the crime "personal" and not gang-related, although they said Tellis, a Panola County native, belonged to a gang and has prior burglary and felony invasion charges on his record. Tellis was indicted on Tuesday for Chambers' murder while behind bars in connection with another murder of a young woman, University of Louisiana Monroe Taiwanese exchange student Meing-Chen Hsiao, who was found stabbed to death in her apartment in August 2015.

Tellis was not charged in Hsiao's murder but was arrested in November while he was living with his wife in Monroe, La., after it was discovered he was using credit cards belonging to the murdered exchange student and for marijuana possession. Investigators said they were "confident" they had the right suspect after a grand jury decided to indict him on Tuesday. "I'm very confident we'll not have any charges against other suspects," Champion said during the press conference. She reportedly told medics that someone named "Eric" had lit her on fire, but investigators interviewed more than 150 people and hadn't named any suspects until now.

Chambers family, who was present at the news conference, briefly thanked the investigators for their tireless work. "I take my hat off to them ...The hard work they've done never stopped," Bill Chambers, Jessica's father and an employee of the Panola County Sheriff's Department, said, who added that he would allow whatever charges District Attorney Champion pursues against Tellis. "Whatever law allows, we'll allow whatever he decides I agree with," he said.
Nebraska Death Penalty News / Re: Nebraska Death Penalty New...
Last post by Rick4404 - July 11, 2017, 02:24:27 PM
Nebraska is no closer to being able to carry out an execution by lethal injection than it was a year ago.  The state has no supply of the drugs that would be needed to carry out an execution, in accordance with its execution protocol.  While Nebraska law does not spell out the drugs to be used, the execution protocol does, and that's what's been the sticking point.  The protocol calls for a three-drug protocol.  The state has no realistic means by which they can obtain the drugs to carry out a lethal injection anytime soon.  So, the wait continues.
Scheduled Executions / Anthony Shore - TX - 10/18/201...
Last post by turboprinz - July 09, 2017, 08:59:20 AM
Thursday, July 06, 2017 06:21PM
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --
A convicted pedophile and serial killer involved in a nearly decade-long string of crimes targeting Houston's Hispanic female population will be put to death later this year.

Anthony Shore, dubbed the Tourniquet Killer after the way he strangled his victims with handmade tourniquets, will be executed on October 18, 2017.

Shore was convicted and sentenced to death in 2004 after prosecutors said he confessed to the murders of 14-year-old Laurie Tremblay in 1986, 21-year-old Maria del Carmen Estrada in 1992, 9-year-old Dana Rebollar in 1994 and 16-year-old Dana Sanchez in 1995.

The murders remained unsolved for decades until Shore was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of two female relatives. DNA evidence collected during that investigation linked Shore to Estrada's murder, according to investigators.

"His crimes were predatory, and his victims the most vulnerable in society, women and children. For his brutal acts, the death penalty is appropriate," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a news release.
Last words and such...

When asked if he had any last words, Morva responded "no," according to officials.

Last meal to follow.


Morva was the 2nd condemned murderer executed in Virginia this year and the 113th since executions resumed.
His was the 14th 2017 US execution and the 1456th since 1976.

The skinny...

Morva's supporters and the UN considered him too mentally ill to be executed.  The governor, SCOTUS and the Commonwealth of Virginia disagreed and he was lit up at 9:15 pm EDT.

Up next...

Baby raping murderer Ronald Phillips is set to be executed on July 26 in Ohio for the 1993 murder of 3 year old Sheila Marie Evans...and I hope it hurts like a bastard!

Scheduled Executions / Re: William Charles Morva - VA...
Last post by Observer - July 07, 2017, 12:08:23 PM
Jul 06, 2017

JARRATT, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 was executed Thursday after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate's life over concerns about his mental health.
William Morva, 35, was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m. after a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. It was the first execution carried out in Virginia under a new protocol that makes more of the lethal injection procedure secret.

Morva's execution came hours after Virginia's Democratic governor announced that he would not spare Morva's life despite pressure from mental health advocates, state lawmakers and attorneys who said the man's crimes were the result of a severe mental illness that made it impossible for him to distinguish between delusions and reality. Morva, who was wearing jeans and a blue shirt, said "no" after he was asked whether he had any last words. A few minutes later, he could be heard speaking, but it was not clear what he was saying.

In denying a clemency petition, Gov. Terry McAuliffe concluded Morva received a fair trial. The Democratic governor noted that experts who evaluated the man at the time found he didn't suffer from any illness that would have prevented him from understanding the consequences of his crimes. He also said prison staff members who monitored Morva for the past nine years never reported any evidence of a severe mental illness or delusional disorder.

"I personally oppose the death penalty; however, I took an oath to uphold the laws of this Commonwealth regardless of my personal views of those laws, as long as they are being fairly and justly applied," McAuliffe said in a statement. Morva was awaiting trial on attempted robbery charges in 2005 when he was taken to the hospital to treat an injury. There, he attacked a sheriff's deputy with a metal toilet paper holder, stole the deputy's gun, and shot an unarmed security guard, Derrick McFarland, in the face before fleeing. A day later, Morva killed another sheriff's deputy with a bullet to the back of the head. The deputy, Eric Sutphin, had been searching for Morva near Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus when he was shot.

Experts who examined Morva for his trial said he suffered from personality disorders that resulted in "odd beliefs." After his trial, a psychiatrist diagnosed him with delusional disorder, a more severe mental illness akin to schizophrenia that made him falsely believe, among other things, that he has life-threatening gastrointestinal issues and that a former presidential administration conspired with police to imprison him, his attorneys said. His lawyers argued that Morva escaped and killed the men because he was under the delusion that he was going to die in jail.

Relatives described Morva as a happy child who began to deteriorate mentally as a teen. In the years before the killings, Morva regularly slept in the woods and was known around Blacksburg as "Crazy Will" and "Barefoot Will" for his tendency not to wear shoes, even in winter. He was banned from Virginia Tech's campus after police found him half naked on a bathroom floor. Morva was the first inmate executed in Virginia since officials made changes to the state's protocol that have drawn fire from attorneys and transparency advocates. Those changes came after attorneys raised concerns in January about how long it took to place an IV line during the execution of convicted killer Ricky Gray.

Execution witnesses used to be able to watch inmates walk into the chamber and be strapped down. A curtain would then be closed so the public could not see the placement of the IV and heart monitors. After the curtain was reopened, inmates would be asked whether they have any final words before the chemicals started to flow. In Morva's execution, the curtain was closed when the witnesses entered the chamber and was not opened until he was strapped to the gurney and the IV lines were in place. Virginia used a three drug mixture, including midazolam and potassium chloride that it obtained from a compounding pharmacy whose identify remains secret under state law.

Morva's lethal injection began about 9 p.m. after the warden read him the court order of his execution. Shortly after the drugs began flowing, his stomach moved up and down quickly several times before he became motionless. Morva is the third inmate to be executed since McAuliffe took office in 2014. In April, McAuliffe granted clemency to Ivan Teleguz, saying jurors in the murder-for-hire case were given false information that may have swayed sentencing. Among those who had urged McAuliffe to spare Morva's life were the daughter of the slain sheriff's deputy, two United Nations human rights experts, and representatives from the Hungarian Embassy. Morva's father was born in Hungary and Morva was a Hungarian-American dual national.

"Our message and William's story and his family's story were resonating with a lot of people, and I don't know why it didn't resonate with the governor," Morva's attorney Dawn Davison said after the execution.
Scheduled Executions / Re: William Charles Morva - VA...
Last post by deeg - July 06, 2017, 07:10:52 PM
And the UN is once again sticking its nose where it doesn't belong.  So sorry UN, you lose - we don't care about your rapporteurs.  Your pal is going nighty night.

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