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And another one bites the dust. Thank you, Alabama, for carrying out justice for Anderson Gordon and his loved ones.

Alabama executes convicted cop killer

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/10/alabama_cop-killer_torrey_twan.html

Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017

ATMORE, Ala. -- Alabama officials on Thursday evening used lethal injection to execute inmate Torrey Twane McNabb, who had been convicted of killing a Montgomery police officer in 1997.

He was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. Thursday.

McNabb, 40, used his last statement to tell his mother and sister that he was unafraid and he cursed at the state, saying "I hate you ... I hate you."

As the procedure began, he raised his middle fingers before becoming still.

The execution was carried out shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state could move forward, dismissing his lawyer's claims that the state's lethal injection procedure is cruel and unusual punishment.

McNabb's attorneys filed appeals in the case throughout Thursday to halt the execution that was set for 6 p.m. Central at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The last stay was lifted between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and by 9:35 p.m. the execution had been carried out.

Details were not immediately available as media witnesses, including an AL.com reporter, had yet to return from the prison to the nearby media center.

McNabb was convicted in the death of Montgomery police Officer Anderson Gordon. Prosecutors say McNabb was fleeing a bail bondsman when he walked up and shot Gordon five times while the officer was sitting in his parked patrol car.
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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-florida-execution-asay-20170824-story.html

Florida executes convicted killer Mark Asay

Thurs. Aug. 24, 2017

Florida has put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders.

Authorities say 53-year-old Mark Asay, the first white man executed in Florida for killing a black man, was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Starke. His death followed a three-drug injection that began with the anesthetic, etomidate.

Though approved by the Florida Supreme Court, etomidate has been criticized by some as being unproven in an execution. Etomidate replaced midazolam, which became harder to acquire after many drug companies began refusing to provide it for executions.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block the execution, denying without comment the final appeal of Asay.

Asay, who is white, fatally shot Robert Lee Booker, 34, a black man, after making multiple racist comments, prosecutors said. Asay's second victim was Robert McDowell, 26, was mixed race, white and Hispanic. Prosecutors say Asay had hired McDowell, who was dressed as a woman, for sex and shot him six times after discovering his gender.

Asay is the first white man to be executed in Florida for killing a black man. At least 20 black men have been executed for killing white victims since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to data from the Death Penalty Information Center. A total of 92 Florida inmates have been executed in that time period.

Etomidate is the first of three drugs administered in Florida's new execution cocktail. It is replacing midazolam, which has been harder to acquire after many drug companies began refusing to provide it for executions. The etomidate is followed by rocuronium bromide, a paralytic, and finally, potassium acetate, which stops the heart. It is Florida's first time using potassium acetate too, which was used in a 2015 execution in Oklahoma by mistake, but has not been used elsewhere, a death penalty expert said.

While the state's high court has approved the use of etomidate, some experts have criticized the drug as being unproven.

State corrections officials have defended the choice, saying it has been reviewed. The corrections department refused to answer questions from The Associated Press about how it chose etomidate.

Doctors hired by Asay's attorneys raised questions about etomidate in court declarations, saying there are cases where it had caused pain along with involuntary writhing in patients.

But in its opinion allowing the drug to be used, the state's high court said earlier this month that four expert witnesses demonstrated that Asay "is at small risk of mild to moderate pain."

Asay was the first Florida inmate executed since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling found the state's method of sentencing people to death to be unconstitutional. The court ruled that the old system was illegal because it gave judges, not juries, the power to decide.

Since then, Florida's Legislature passed a law requiring a unanimous jury for death penalty recommendations.

In Asay's case, jurors recommended death for both murder counts by a 9-3 vote. Even though the new law requires unanimity, Florida's high court ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling did not apply to older cases.

Asay is the 24th inmate executed since Gov. Rick Scott has taken office, the most under any governor in Florida history.

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Great job, Florida! Great job, Gov. Rick Scott! Remembering the victims, Robert Booker and Robert McDowell tonight. After 30 years, may your families finally have some semblance of closure.
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Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know that I had a family emergency - my maternal grandmother is in the hospital - and I may not be able to be online when Arkansas executes Marcel Williams and Jack Jones. Does anyone know if the execution chat will be open tonight? I'll be checking in every so often. If I'm not able to be there at execution time, please ring the bell for me. Go, Arkansas!  :D
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The skinny...

Three Arkansas DR inmates dodged the bullet this week but Lee was not so lucky.  He became the first execution in Arkansas in seven years...


Actually, according to http://adc.arkansas.gov/executions, Lee was the first inmate executed in over 11 years, not 7. The execution before Lee's took place in Nov. 2005. :)
Great job, Arkansas! I admire its willingness to execute, as many inmates' punishments are long overdue. It's time for other states to step up and follow Arkansas' example.
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Supreme Court declines to stop Texas execution

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/texas/articles/2017-03-07/the-latest-hit-man-in-texas-murder-for-hire-set-to-die

Tues. March 7, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The Latest on the execution in Texas of Rolando Ruiz (all times local):

10:07 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to stop the scheduled execution in Texas of a hit man paid to kill a San Antonio woman in a life insurance scheme nearly a quarter-century ago.

The high court rejected appeals from lawyers for 44-year-old Rolando Ruiz. His execution had been delayed about four hours, pending the ruling from the court Tuesday night. Justice Stephen Breyer would have stopped the execution, saying arguments that Ruiz's more than two decades on death row should be examined to see if that lengthy confinement was unconstitutionally cruel.

Ruiz was convicted of accepting $2,000 to fatally shoot 29-year-old Theresa Rodriguez outside her home in 1992 as she was getting out of a car with her husband and brother-in-law, who both orchestrated her murder.

Evidence showed the victim's husband, Michael Rodriguez, stood to collect at least a quarter-million dollars in insurance benefits from his wife's death. He was executed in 2008 in an unrelated case.

Read more at above link.

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Go, Texas!!!  8)
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mark-christeson-executed-missouri-susan-brouk-kyle-brouk-adrian-brouk/

Tues. Jan. 31, 2017

BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- Nearly 19 years to the day that Susan Brouk and her two children were taken to a Missouri pond and killed, one of the men responsible for the crime was put to death Tuesday.

Mark Christeson was given a lethal injection in Missouri's first execution since May. Christeson, 37, was hours away from execution in 2014 when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay. This time, though, the court allowed the execution to proceed, and Gov. Eric Greitens declined a clemency request for Christeson, the first inmate to be put to death since the Republican took office.

As the execution drug was administered, Christeson appeared to mouth "I love you" a couple times to people who were gathered to watch the lethal injection on his behalf. Soon, the inmate's eyes closed.

He was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. CST, eight minutes after the lethal injection was administered, a Department of Corrections spokesman said.

Read more at the above link.

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Great job, Missouri! Only 24 inmates left on Missouri's row now. Line 'em up.
RIP, Susan Brouk and her two children.  :'(
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I have edited the times for Georgia and Missouri. The states' times below are the states that have executed most recently (since ca. July 2014) and the ones that are most likely to continue executing in the future, in my estimation.

Alabama: 6:00 p.m.
Arizona: 10:00 a.m.
Florida: 6:00 p.m.
Georgia: 7:00 p.m.
Missouri: 6:00 p.m.
Oklahoma: 6:00 p.m.
Texas: 6:00 p.m.
Virginia: 9:00 p.m.
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http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/01/24/two-days-scheduled-execution-inmates-lawyers-demandinvestigation-case

Two days before scheduled execution, inmate's lawyers demand investigation of his case

Tues. Jan. 24, 2017

AUSTIN -- Two days before his scheduled execution, lawyers for Terry Edwards asked a court to allow Dallas County's famed Conviction Integrity Unit to investigate whether prosecutorial misconduct led a jury to convict the wrong man in his case.
Edwards' lawyers say they had been in touch with the unit, whose work has led to several overturned sentences. Then, last week, without warning and just days before his execution scheduled for Thursday, the district attorney's office told Edwards' lawyers he would be prohibited from accessing the department created to investigate cases in which questions about wrongful sentences arise.
On Tuesday, Edwards' lawyers asked the court to delay his execution and allow the county to assign the integrity unit, citing "grave concerns" about the validity of the conviction and the prosecution's last-minute decision to prohibit access to the department.
"The abrupt change of course to exclude CIU's vital role is astounding and suspicious," said Jennifer Merrigan, one of Edwards's attorneys.
The Dallas County district attorney's office, however, said the integrity unit was never assigned to work on Edwards' case.
"The allegation that communication with the Conviction Integrity Unit was abruptly discontinued, is false," DA spokeswoman Brittany Dunn said in a prepared statement. "At no time was Mr. Edwards' case ever assigned to, or handled by the Conviction Integrity Unit. This case was originally assigned to our Appellate Division, as all post-conviction litigation is, and is currently with that Division."
Edwards was sentenced to die in 2003 for the shooting deaths of Tommy Walker, 34, and Mickell Goodwin, 26, at a Balch Springs Subway restaurant. Edwards had been fired from the store weeks earlier, and prosecutors said he killed the two before fleeing. Witnesses said Edwards later was seen dumping a .38-caliber handgun in a trash can across the street from the store. He was arrested the same day and found with $3,000 from the store.
But Edwards' lawyers say he wasn't the triggerman in the deadly robbery. They allege that Thomas D'Amore, the lead prosecutor, elicited false testimony from a forensic expert and unconstitutionally cherry-picked jurors so that the black defendant faced an all-white jury. They say Edwards' cousin, who committed the robbery with him and is now eligible for parole, was the gunman.
D'Amore has said that he didn't engage in misconduct and that the jury's verdict was justified.
Lawyers appointed for Edwards said in court documents that they began discussing his case with attorneys in the Conviction Integrity Unit last year.
As part of their investigation, Edwards' lawyers asked the district attorney's office to provide copies of D'Amore's personnel file. On Jan. 13, the office sent a letter to D'Amore seeking his permission to release the file and giving him a response deadline of Jan. 27, a day after Edward's scheduled execution.

Read more at the link at the top of this reply.
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Ricky Gray - VA- 01/18/2017
January 19, 2017, 03:07:14 AM
Per the press conference, which is airing now (at the link above), Ricky Gray was executed 9:42pm Virginia time. When asked if he had a final statement, he said no. Great job, Virginia!!!
I'm sure the press conference includes a multitude of details, but I can't type them all fast enough. Lol.
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Ricky Gray - VA- 01/18/2017
January 19, 2017, 02:56:54 AM
http://www.walb.com/story/34284745/supreme-court-denies-request-to-halt-gray-execution

Here is a link to watch the live press conference that is scheduled to occur following Gray's execution.
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Ricky Gray - VA- 01/18/2017
January 19, 2017, 02:14:17 AM
Supreme Court denies request to halt Gray execution

Wed. Jan. 18, 2017

http://www.wave3.com/story/34284745/supreme-court-denies-request-to-halt-gray-execution

RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) - The US Supreme Court has denied a request by Ricky Gray to halt his execution.

Gray will be executed at 9 p.m. for the brutal murders of the Harvey family. He was found guilty of killing two little girls and their parents in their Richmond home on New Years Day 2006.

The Supreme Court's refusal to grant a stay means Gray has no other means of stopping the execution at the Greensville Correctional Center. Gray's lawyers had filed the emergency appeal after Governor Terry McAuliffe refused to commute his sentence Tuesday.

For many in Richmond, this is a case that still haunts them and tugs on their heart strings. Eleven years ago, Ricky Gray and his nephew went on a killing spree.

On New Year's Day 2006, Gray and Ray Dandridge walked into the Harveys' home through the unlocked front door and tied the family up in the basement. Gray stabbed and beat Bryan and Kathryn and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby, to death and then set the house on fire.

The pair would murder their accomplice, Ashley Baskerville, days later along with her parents Mary Baskerville-Tucker and Percyell Tucker. They were arrested on January 7, 2006 in Philadelphia.

Gray was found guilty of the Harvey killings, and over the past decade, his attorneys have exhausted several appeals arguing Gray was on PCP at the time of the crime, an addiction caused by sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a family member.

This will be the second execution in the U.S. this year and the first where the state is using lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy. Gray argues one of the drugs being used will cause him a cruel and painful death.

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This is my first post in a long time. Hopefully I've formatted the article correctly.
As it is approximately 6:13pm here in California, it's 9:13pm in Virginia, and the execution should be underway. Justice for the Harvey family, and the other victims! Go, Virginia!
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I'm listening to ExecutionWatch.org - an anti-death penalty site but very informative when it comes to news from Huntsville and the great Texas death chamber. One of the broadcasters just announced that the witnesses were being led out, so the execution is over and Pablo Vasquez is dead. Great job, Texas! If only all the states could follow your example.
Time of death: 6:35pm TX time.

Edited to add an article link: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/donna-man-executed-after-supreme-court-denies-clemency/article_1778f374-fc42-11e5-81b1-b75b14bb631f.html
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Is the chat working tonight?
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Per 2 tweets from a woman at the vigil outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia - the only pro-DP person there - Kelly Gissendaner was executed at 12:21am early Wed. Sept. 30, 2015, US eastern time. Tweet links below:
https://twitter.com/DriveCat/status/649078672020910080
and
https://twitter.com/DriveCat/status/649079319235534848.

Article links:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/high-courts-deny-georgia-woman-kelly-gissendaners-stay/story?id=34131249
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2015/sep/30/after-long-night-of-appeals-kelly-gissendaner/
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http://www.kirotv.com/news/ap/us/missouri-man-executed-for-killing-neighbor-in-1990/nj8Rg/

Early Wed., Feb. 11, 2015

Missouri man executed for killing neighbor in 1990

By JIM SALTER

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- A man convicted of breaking into his neighbor's home in a St. Louis suburb and slitting her throat 25 years ago was executed early Wednesday.

Walter Timothy Storey was the first Missouri inmate put to death this year after a record 10 executions in 2014. His fate was sealed when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt the execution over concerns about Missouri's secretive process for obtaining and using the lethal injection drug pentobarbital.

Storey, 47, was sentenced to death three separate times in the same case.

He was living with his mother in a St. Charles apartment on Feb. 2, 1990, when he became upset over his pending divorce. He spent an angry night drinking beer. He ran out of beer and money, so he decided to break into the neighboring apartment of Jill Frey to steal money for more beer.

Frey, a 36-year-old special education teacher, had left the sliding glass door of her balcony open. Storey climbed the balcony and confronted Frey in her bedroom, where he beat her. Frey suffered six broken ribs and severe wounds to her head and face.

Storey used a kitchen knife to slit her throat so deeply that her spine was damaged. Frey died of blood loss and asphyxiation.

Storey left the body and returned the next day to clean up blood, throw clothes in a trash bin and scrub Frey's fingernails to remove any traces of his skin.

But he missed a key piece of evidence: blood on a dresser.

"There was a really good palm print in blood," said Mike Harvey, a retired St. Charles detective who now works as an investigator for the St. Charles County prosecutor.

Lab analysis matched the print to Storey, whose prints were on file for a previous crime.

Storey was convicted and sentenced to death.

The Missouri Supreme Court tossed the conviction, citing concerns about ineffective assistance of counsel and "egregious" errors committed by Kenny Hulshof, who was with the Missouri attorney general's office at the time and handled the prosecution. Hulshof was later a congressman and a candidate for governor.

Storey was tried again in 1997, and sentenced again to death. That conviction was also overturned, this time over a procedural error by the judge. Storey was sentenced to death a third time in 1999.

Storey's attorney, Jennifer Herndon, said he spent "thousands of hours" working in a restorative justice program in prison, trying to help crime victims. She said he was remorseful for the killing.

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Great job, Missouri, but it's too bad that it took 25 years and three trials for Storey to finally be executed. Thinking of Ms. Frey and her loved ones tonight. Here is Jill Frey's entry on Find A Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/page/gr/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=110961623 .