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Scheduled Executions / Billy Ray Irick - TN - 8/9/18
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - January 19, 2018, 05:18:53 PM
And in the way too long overdue category...

Executions to resume in Tennessee: August date set for Knox County murderer

By Dave Boucher
USA TODAY

Billy Ray Irick, a 59-year-old Knox County man convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl is set to be executed in August, according to an order issued Thursday by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The order sets the stage for what would be the first execution in Tennessee since 2009.

Billy Ray Irick, 59, is scheduled to die August 9, according to the state order. The order notes the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month denied Irick's requests for a review of his case.

In the nearly 10 years since the last execution, advocates and inmates tried unsuccessfully to win a legal battle arguing against the use of lethal injection and the death penalty.

In March 2017, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled against dozens of death row inmates who'd filed suit against the practice.

"The intended result of an execution is to render the inmate dead," wrote Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins in an opinion upholding the state's procedure to execute the condemned via one shot of pentobarbital, according to Tennessean archives.

Spokeswomen with the Tennessee Department of Correction did not immediately respond to a question on Thursday about whether the department has the drug.

In March 2017, department General Counsel Debbie Inglis indicated the department did not have the drugs needed to carry out a lethal injection but she "anticipates we could carry out" such an injection if requested.

Other states have had difficulty obtaining drugs used in lethal injections. However, death by electric chair is also legal in Tennessee. It was last used in 2007.

Irick, who's been on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville since 1986, was last set to die in 2014. He's one of 60 people on death row in Tennessee.

The last person executed in Tennessee was Cecil Johnson, executed in 2009 after he was convicted of murdering three people in Nashville in 1980.

Johnson's death occurred before Gov. Bill Haslam took office. If there are no further delays, Irick will be the first person executed during the former Knoxville mayor's gubernatorial tenure.

"The governor will defer to the Tennessee Supreme Court as the court sets execution dates, not the executive branch. The governor will follow the law and the court's orders on this matter," said Haslam spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals in an email Wednesday.

www.tennessean.com

This rapist baby murdering POS has been on the row over 30 years...light him up Tennessee!
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Anthony Shore - TX - 1/18/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - January 19, 2018, 03:20:18 PM
Last words and such...

In his final statement, Shore, 55, was apologetic and his voice cracked with emotion.  "No amount of words or apology could ever undo what I've done," Shore said while strapped to the death chamber gurney. "I wish I could undo the past, but it is what it is."  As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, Shore said the drug burned. "Oooh-ee! I can feel that," he said before slipping into unconsciousness.

His last meal was a chicken patty, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese and cornbread.

Factoids...

Shore was the 1st execution in Texas this year and the 546th since executions resumed.
His was the 1st 2018 US execution and the 1466th since 1976.

The skinny...

Shore dodged the gurney in October of 2017 with a bogus claim about murdering other victims.  Texas granted him a 90 day stay then promptly smoked him at 6:28 PM CST.

Up next...

Vernon Madison is set for execution on January 25 in Alabama for the 1985 slaying of Officer Julius Schulte.
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Anthony Shore - TX - 1/18/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - January 19, 2018, 03:02:30 PM
Tourniquet Killer' executed in Texas for 1992 strangling

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Texas carried out the nation's first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims.

Anthony Allen Shore was put to death for one of those slayings, the 1992 killing of a 21-year-old woman whose body was dumped in the drive-thru of a Houston Dairy Queen.

In his final statement, Shore, 55, was apologetic and his voice cracked with emotion.

"No amount of words or apology could ever undo what I've done," Shore said while strapped to the death chamber gurney. "I wish I could undo the past, but it is what it is."

As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, Shore said the drug burned. "Oooh-ee! I can feel that," he said before slipping into unconsciousness.

He was pronounced dead 13 minutes later at 6:28 p.m. CST.

"Anthony Allen Shore's reign of terror is officially over," Andy Kahan, the city of Houston crime victims' advocate, said, speaking for the families of Shore's victims. "There's a reason we have the death penalty in the state of Texas and Anthony Shore is on the top of the list. This has been a long, arduous journey that has taken over 20 years for victims' families."

Shore's lawyers argued in appeals he suffered brain damage early in life that went undiscovered by his trial attorneys and affected Shore's decision to disregard their advice when he told his trial judge he wanted the death penalty. A federal appeals court last year turned down his appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case and the six-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously rejected a clemency petition.

Shore's attorneys said his appeals were exhausted. They filed no last-minute attempts to try to halt his execution.

In 1998, Shore received eight years' probation and became a registered sex offender for sexually assaulting two relatives. Five years later, Shore was arrested for the 1992 slaying of Maria del Carmen Estrada after a tiny particle recovered from under her fingernail was matched to his DNA.

"I didn't set out to kill her," he told police in a taped interview played at his 2004 trial. "That was not my intent. But it got out of hand."

Estrada was walking to work around 6:30 a.m. on April 16, 1992, when he she accepted a ride from him. The former tow truck driver, phone company repairman and part-time musician blamed his actions on "voices in my head that I was going to have her, regardless, to possess her in some way."

He also confessed to killing three others, a 9-year-old and two teenagers. All four of his victims were Hispanic and at least three had been raped. Jurors also heard from three women who testified he raped them.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who as an assistant prosecutor worked the then-unsolved Estrada case, said crime scene photos showed Estrada was tortured and had suffered as a stick was used to tighten a cord around her neck.

"I know this case, I know his work and the death penalty is appropriate," she said. "A jury in this case gave Shore death. ... I think he's reached the end of the road and now it's up to government to complete the job."

Besides Estrada, Shore confessed to the slayings of Laurie Tremblay, 15, found beside a trash bin outside a Houston restaurant in 1986; Diana Rebollar, 9, abducted while walking to a neighborhood grocery store in 1994; and Dana Sanchez, 16, who disappeared in 1995 while hitchhiking to her boyfriend's home in Houston.

Sanchez's body was found after a caller to a Houston TV station provided directions on where to find it. Police believe Shore was the caller.

Shore's execution originally was set for last October but was delayed for an investigation after another Texas death row inmate concocted a scheme to get Shore to take responsibility for his crimes.

In 2017, 23 convicted killers were put to death in the U.S., seven of them in Texas, more than another state. Three more inmates are scheduled to die in Texas in the coming weeks.

www.msnnews.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Anthony Shore - TX - 10/18...
Last post by Amanda - January 19, 2018, 12:42:00 AM
According to Execution Watch, the witnesses have left the Walls Unit, so it appears Anthony Shore has been executed in Texas.  :D

Time of death: 6:28pm Central time. Shore apologized to the victims' families and said the only murders he committed are the ones that have already been attributed to him. (Found this info on Twitter.)
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Anthony Shore - TX - 01/18...
Last post by Amanda - January 18, 2018, 11:34:03 PM
Looking forward to seeing this one go ahead, as it's long overdue. There is an excellent book written about Shore and his crimes called 'Strangler' by Corey Mitchell, published in 2007. Here is the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Strangler-Corey-Mitchell/dp/078601850X.
Sadly, Mr. Mitchell died in Oct. 2014, and wasn't able to live to see justice carried out for Shore's victims, but I'm guessing he has a prime viewing spot from wherever he is now. Go, Texas!!  ;)

P.S. - Is the chatroom up and working? I asked this a long time ago but never got an answer, and it seems the link to the chatroom is missing, or has disappeared, from the forum in general, at least for me.
Also, has anyone heard from AnneTheBelgian? I sent her messages but haven't heard back.

Edited to add link to chatroom: http://off2drchat.freehostia.com/flashchat.php
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Anthony Shore - TX - 1/18/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - January 18, 2018, 09:05:22 PM
Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' Set to Be First US Execution of 2018

Anthony Shore confessed to 4 killings

By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jan 18, 2018 3:44 AM CST

(NEWSER) - A man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims more than two decades ago is set to become the nation's first prisoner executed in 2018.

Texas prison officials are scheduled to give Anthony Allen Shore, 55, a lethal injection Thursday evening for the 1992 strangling of a 21-year-old woman whose body was dumped in the drive-thru of a Dairy Queen in Houston, the AP reports.

Shore's lawyers argued in failed appeals last year that he suffered brain damage early in life that went undiscovered by his trial attorneys and affected Shore's decision to disregard their advice when he told his trial judge he wanted the death penalty.

Some 23 killers were executed in the US last year, seven of them in Texas.

In 1998, Shore received eight years' probation for sexually assaulting two relatives.

Five years later, he was arrested for the 1992 slaying of Maria del Carmen Estrada after a tiny particle recovered from under her fingernail was matched to his DNA. "I didn't set out to kill her," he told police in a taped interview played at his 2004 trial. "That was not my intent. But it got out of hand."

He also confessed to killing three others, a 9-year-old and two teenagers. All four of his victims were Hispanic. At least three had been raped. Jurors also heard from three women who testified he raped them.

His execution was set for last October but was delayed for an investigation after another Texas death row inmate, Larry Swearingen, concocted a scheme to get Shore to take responsibility for his case.

www.newser.com
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Scheduled Executions / Erick Davila - TX - 4/25/18
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - January 18, 2018, 08:19:38 PM
Fort Worth man convicted in birthday party slaying gets execution date

A Fort Worth man convicted of killing a rival gang member's mother and a 5-year-old girl at a children's birthday party 10 years ago has been given an execution date.

Erick Davila is scheduled to meet his fate in the Huntsville death chamber on April 25 at 6 p.m., according to court papers. A judge signed off on the death date on Wednesday.

"Like that Winston Churchill movie, we shall never surrender and we intend to aggressively fight for Mr. Davila," said Houston defense attorney Seth Kretzer.

Davila, 30, is on death row for a shooting that killed Annette Stevenson and her granddaughter Queshawn, according to court filings. In April 2008, Davila drove by the Village Creek Townhouses in Fort Worth and opened fire on a rival gang member along with 15 children who were eating ice cream and cake on the front porch at the "Hannah Montana"-themed party.

Court records describe a "chaotic scene" with "blood splattered everywhere." Two other children were wounded in the shooting, but survived.

Since his 2009 conviction, Davila has fought the case in appeals courts, taking his claims of bad lawyering all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court last year. Kretzer, who is co-counsel with Houston-based attorney Jonathan Landers, argued the case.

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices rejected Kretzer's claims that earlier appellate counsel erred in failing to point out possible missteps made earlier by trial attorneys regarding bad jury instructions.

In addition to signing off on a death date, a Tarrant County judge on Wednesday also slapped down a defense motion to disqualify the local prosecutor's office, as current District Attorney Sharen Wilson was the judge during Davila's 2009 trial and Assistant District Attorney David Richards previously served as Davila's attorney early in the appeals process.

"We were surprised and concerned by the trial judge's denial on our motion to recuse," Kretzer said Thursday. "I'm not making up some new legal theory here that there's a conflict."

Davila's death date is the sixth on the calendar in Texas this year. The state's first execution of 2018 is slated for 6 p.m. today, when Houston serial killer Anthony Shore is scheduled to die by lethal injection.

www.m.chron.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Thomas Bartlett Whitaker -...
Last post by turboprinz - January 17, 2018, 07:42:44 PM
Here ist the thread for Anthony Shore ;) http://off2dr.com/smf/index.php?topic=15584.0;topicseen
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Anthony Shore - TX - 1/18/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - January 17, 2018, 06:23:03 PM
'Tourniquet Killer' set to be executed in Texas


By Michael Graczyk | AP January 17 at 1:16 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A Houston-area sex offender who was convicted of killing a young woman and confessed to three more strangling deaths is set for lethal injection in Texas Thursday in what would be the first U.S. execution of 2018.

The Harris County District Attorney's office dubbed Anthony Allen Shore the "Tourniquet Killer" because of how he ended his victims' lives, using a stick to tightly twist a cord around their necks.

"Anthony Shore is the worst of the worst," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. "He's a serial killer. He took pleasure in his victims' suffering. He's appropriate for the death penalty."

Shore was condemned for the slaying of 21-year-old Maria del Carmen Estrada, who disappeared as she walked to work early on April 16, 1992. Her strangled body was later found dumped in the drive-thru lane of a Houston Dairy Queen.

The slaying went unsolved for more than a decade until a tiny particle collected from beneath her fingernail matched the DNA of Shore, by then a convicted sex offender whose DNA had been added to a state database. When police arrested Shore, the former tow truck driver, phone company repairman and part-time musician confessed to killing Estrada and three others: Laurie Tremblay, 15, whose body was found beside a trash bin outside a Houston restaurant in 1986; Diana Rebollar, 9, who was abducted while walking to a neighborhood grocery store in 1994; and Dana Sanchez, 16, who disappeared in 1995 while hitchhiking to her boyfriend's home in Houston. All were Hispanic. At least three of them had been sexually assaulted.

A Harris County jury convicted Shore in 2004 of capital murder in the killing of Estrada. After hearing four days of prosecution evidence on the three other slayings and hearing from three women who testified Shore raped them, the jury recommended the death penalty.

Attorneys said Shore's appeals have been exhausted. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review his case.

"We've made the best arguments we can," attorney Knox Nunnally said Tuesday.

A bizarre scheme hatched by a fellow inmate temporarily halted Shore's execution, which had been set for Oct. 18.

Hours before he was to have been taken to the death chamber, prosecutors agreed to a reprieve to investigate a claim that another man convicted of murder, Larry Swearingen, had tried to get Shore to take responsibility for the killing that put Swearingen on death row. Shore, 55, told investigators he declined to go along with the plan.

Shore also told authorities in recent weeks that he was responsible for two other slayings, but a Texas Rangers' investigation determined evidence did not support his claims.

Shore is scheduled for execution Thursday evening in Huntsville, Texas.

Twenty-three prisoners were put to death nationally in 2017, seven of them in Texas, more than any other state.

www.washingtonpost.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Anthony Shore - TX - 1/18/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - January 16, 2018, 04:43:31 PM
Exclusive: Houston killer facing execution this week admitted to 2 more slayings in morbid hoax

By Keri Blakinger
The Houston Chronicle

He didn't scream or laugh. He didn't plead or apologize.

Anthony Shore was calm, almost stoic, when he confessed to the murders -- just like he was 20 years ago.

But this time, apparently, it was a lie.

Days before his aborted execution in October, the notorious Houston serial killer admitted to two more gruesome slayings in an apparent ruse to test investigators, sources familiar with the case told the Chronicle this week. Now, he's scheduled once again to meet his fate Thursday in Huntsville's death chamber, leaving behind a swirl of unanswered questions.

"With a serial killer like Shore, there is always a possibility he has committed other crimes, left other unknown victims behind," said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

At the moment, prosecutors said, he's officially not a suspect in any unsolved killings and has no unresolved appeals.

After four brutal strangulations, a pair of apparently false confessions, a bizarre death row plot and a slew of creative appeals, the end of the decades-long drama may finally be in sight.

"I am relieved that he's finally going to be put to rest," his sister, Laurel Scheel, told the Chronicle Monday. "His expiration date is finally coming."

The serial sadist known as the Tourniquet Killer terrorized the Houston area in the 1980s and 1990s, leaving behind a trail of bodies. All girls and young women, tortured and raped.

He escaped detection for nearly two decades, but ultimately it was DNA -- put on file after he was convicted of molesting his daughters and forced to register as a sex offender -- that brought police to his door in 2003.


The former wrecker driver coolly confessed to four murders and a rape. Then, during his 2004 trial, he begged the court for a death sentence.

After nearly two decades of appeals blaming everything from ineffective lawyers to previously unrealized brain damage, the 55-year-old was slated to die by lethal injection on Oct. 18.

At the time, his youngest sister predicted he'd avoid death with a last-minute confession.

"He's good at keeping things hidden," Scheel said in October.

And sure enough, hours before the scheduled execution, a judge called it all off in light of an alleged confession plot that would have seen him admit to another man's crime, threatening to muddy the waters in a Montgomery County death row case and save a jailhouse friend from the death chamber.

Eventually, according to defense lawyer K. Knox Nunnally, Shore signed a statement admitting he had nothing to do with the Willis-area crime, the 1998 slaying of Melissa Trotter.

He still maintains his death row friend, Larry Swearingen, is innocent.

But, according to an unanswered Oct. 16 reprieve request sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, Shore also promised he'd give written answers "regarding his commission of other murders" to be revealed by his attorney after his death.

That never happened, Nunnally said.

Instead, the Texas Rangers showed up.

At first, Shore wanted nothing to do with them. But the lawmen came back again and again, according to sources close to the case. Then one night, the week before he was to be put to death, he opened up.

There were others, he said. Two, to be exact.

One was Aurora Rojas, a missing mother whose skull was found in a Polk County field in 1995 -- just a couple miles away from one of Shore's in-laws.

In years past, he'd already been a suspect in the case. But forensic evidence was scant, at best. Police only recovered the woman's bra and 10 percent of her skeletonized body, investigators said.

Even though the slain woman was last spotted at a bus stop blocks from where Shore worked at the time, there was never enough to tie him to the killing. Shore had a penchant for picking up women at bus stops, and Rojas fit the profile. Yet, the dump site -- way out in the country -- didn't quite fit Shore's pattern.

But in his last-minute confession, Shore didn't know the right details about the case, or in the other killing he confessed to -- an unsolved slaying near the notorious Texas Killing Fields southeast of Houston.

He'd once been a suspect in that slaying as well. But after a busy night of examining "timelines and scientific testing," the Rangers determined he couldn't have done it, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

The next day, the lawmen returned to confront him, and he recanted.

"He was playing, just probing around," said another source familiar with the case. "With this guy who knows what he's going to say. You know he's done more crimes than he's been caught doing. The question is what crimes and where."

Tiffany Hall groaned when she heard of her father's apparently false confessions.

"He's just crazy," she said. "I am not shocked by his behavior. I'm just shocked anybody is listening to him."

Scheel tutted in disgust.

"What an ass," she said. "He wants to know it'll all go down with him pulling the strings. As long he's in control, he's okay with dying."

Manipulative and controlling, the charismatic erstwhile musical prodigy has showed scant concern for the killings or their consequences, until recently.

In letters to his family over the past year, he's spoken of wanting to live "a bit longer" and even hinted at remorse.

"Maybe he's just working it," Scheel said. "It's hard to know what the truth is."

But some things are certain. He's never tried denying the original confessions he offered up in 2003.

In 1986, he slaughtered 14-year-old Laurie Tremblay, snatching the girl up on her way to the bus stop then dumping her corpse behind a Ninfa's Restaurant. Six years later, he raped and murdered 21-year-old Maria del Carmen Estrada before leaving her naked body in the drive-through of a Spring Branch Dairy Queen.

In 1994, he killed 9-year-old Diana Rebollar. When her battered body was found, she was wearing only a black Halloween T-shirt -- and a ligature twisted around her neck.

Less than a year later, he murdered 16-year-old Dana Sanchez, then reportedly called a local TV station to report a serial killer on the loose.

All of the victims were raped and tortured before he strangled them with handmade tourniquets.

Even after the conviction for molesting his daughters forced him onto the sex offender registry in 1998, it took another five years before authorities finally tested cold-case evidence and matched a murder to Shore.

"I think he knew he was going to get caught," Scheel said.

Now, 15 years later, he's scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

"I think it'll happen this time," Schell said. "But who knows, we're talking about Tony Shore."

Does she still think her brother killed anybody else?

"Hell, yeah," she said. "He's a piece of work, that boy."

www.chron.com

This is an asshole desperately in need of a hot shot.
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