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Scheduled Executions / Ruben Ramirez Cardenas - TX - ...
Last post by turboprinz - August 21, 2017, 03:58:11 PM
Execution Set for Mexican National on Texas Death Row
A Mexican national on Texas death row for the rape-slaying of his 16-year-old cousin in the Rio Grande Valley more than 20 years ago has received an execution date.

Aug. 17, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Mexican national on Texas death row for the rape-slaying of his 16-year-old cousin in the Rio Grande Valley more than 20 years ago has received an execution date.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the agency has received court documents setting the lethal injection of 47-year-old Ruben Ramirez Cardenas for Nov. 8.

Cardenas was convicted of the February 1997 slaying of Mayra Laguna. Her body was found dumped in a canal near Edinburg, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of McAllen where she was abducted from her home. Evidence showed he slipped through a window, bound her with duct tape and drove her away. Evidence showed she was raped, beaten and strangled.

Prison records list Cardenas as originally from Guanajuato in central Mexico.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Scott Dozier - NV - 11/13/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - August 18, 2017, 04:26:19 PM
Execution Reset Amid Nevada Lethal Injection Plan Challenge

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An execution date for a Nevada death row inmate who says he wants to die has been pushed back one month, to mid-November.

Scott Raymond Dozier appeared Thursday before a state court judge in Las Vegas who is being asked by federal public defenders to require prison officials to make public their plan for Dozier's lethal injection.

Assistant Federal Public Defender David Anthony says the state should tell what drugs will be used, where they'll be obtained and how they'll be administered.

Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti changed Dozier's execution date from mid-October to an unspecified day the week of Nov. 13.

Dozier told the judge he doesn't really care what drugs are used -- even if, as he says, there's a good chance his death will be a real miserable experience.

Fricking ambulance chasers keep butting in even when they're not wanted.  The guy doesn't care what drugs they use to snuff him.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Marcellus Williams - MO - ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - August 16, 2017, 01:03:09 PM
Missouri Supreme Court denies request for stay of execution

The Missouri Supreme Court will not stop next week's scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams, it said Tuesday.

The court said it will not review the new evidence that Marcellus Williams' attorney submitted Monday, but gave no explanation why. Kent Gipson had argued that said a new test proved Williams' DNA was not found on the knife that was used in the 1998 killing of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in University City.

Gipson said he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and will ask Gov. Eric Greitens to intervene, too. He also said he was surprised with the speed in which the high court denied the stay.

"Certainly something involving a claim of innocence that is this substantial, you would think they would at least write an opinion or at least a short opinion giving the reasons why they denied it, because that makes it more difficult to take it up to a higher court because they don't know exactly on what basis the ruling was made," Gipson said.

Attorney General Josh Hawley's spokeswoman told The Associated Press that his office was confident Williams is guilty based on other evidence.

Gov. Eric Greitens spokesman Parker Briden said in a statement that the governor is "in the process of reviewing the case with our legal team."

Williams' first execution was postponed in January 2015. The 48-year-old is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 22.

Department of Corrections spokesman David Owen recently said in an email that the agency is "prepared to carry out the ... execution in accordance to the lethal injection protocol established in 2013." The state uses one drug, the sedative pentobarbital, in executions, and has refused to disclose the supplier.
Stays of Execution / Re: Larry Swearingen - TX - 2/...
Last post by deeg - August 15, 2017, 07:27:19 PM
It is about fricking time he met the devil and his victim and family find justice. 
Gary Trull dies on N.C. death row

RALEIGH -- Gary Allen Trull, convicted in the 1993 rape and murder of Vanessa Dawn Dixon, has died on death row in Central Prison.

The news was forwarded by prison officials to the Randolph County District Attorney's office. No details were offered, according to Ray Warburton, assistant district attorney.

Current District Attorney Andy Gregson prosecuted the case along with then-District Attorney Garland Yates in November 1996. Gregson called it a "horrific case," involving a man who was a repeat offender having been convicted previously of a "brutal rape," before being paroled.

Gregson called the rape and murder of Dixon, a 21-year-old systems analyst at Randolph Hospital, "absolutely brutal, a pitiless crime. It was everyone's worst nightmare." He said there was no relationship between the two Cedar Falls apartment neighbors and described Trull as "predatory."

Dixon's body was discovered in a wooded area off Hardin-Ellison Road in the Grays Chapel community, about seven miles from the apartment building on Rambling Road. Her throat had been slashed. Trull, 44 at the time, was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

Gregson said it was the first time in Randolph County that DNA evidence was used to solve a murder case. The evidence showed that Trull raped Dixon. Circumstantial evidence was solid, he said, but the DNA was the "deciding factor."

"There was no reason to take 21 years" for Trull's death, Gregson said. "It's not fair to the victims. I'm so sorry the victim's family had to wait this long."

The last execution in North Carolina was carried out on Aug. 18, 2006. Seven other inmates from Randolph County are among the nearly 150 now on death row.

I hope it was slow and painful.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Mark James Asay - FL - 08/...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - August 15, 2017, 02:13:03 PM
Florida Supreme Court says yes to first execution in months

The Florida Supreme Court is refusing to block the state's first execution after a hiatus of more than 18 months.

The court on Monday ruled 6-1 that the state can go ahead with the scheduled Aug. 24 execution of Mark Asay.

Asay, 53, was originally scheduled to be executed in March 2016, for the 1987 murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell in Jacksonville.

The execution was put on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court found the state's death penalty sentencing law unconstitutional.

The Legislature has since twice changed the law, most recently this year when it required a unanimous jury recommendation for the death penalty.

Justices rejected several arguments that Asay made to block his execution, including his questioning of a new drug the state plans to use for lethal injection.
Stays of Execution / Re: Larry Swearingen - TX - 11...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - August 14, 2017, 07:45:17 PM
Judge sets death date for Montgomery County killer

After seven thwarted attempts, Montgomery County has finally succeeded in setting yet another execution date for its only death row convict, a Willis man who raped a 19-year-old coed before strangling her with panty hose nearly two decades ago.

Larry Swearingen, convicted of slaughtering Montgomery College student Melissa Trotter in 1998 and dumping her body in the Sam Houston National Forest, is slated to meet his fate in Huntsville's death chamber on Nov. 16, a judge ruled late Wednesday.

"It still won't bring back Melissa," her mother, Sandy Trotter said in July.

"There are no winners in this because we still don't have Melissa."

Victim advocate Andy Kahan said it's been a "painstaking" wait for the Trotter family.

"Even when you finally believe that you're going to achieve justice, until it actually happens you're questioning whether the actual execution will take place or not," he said.

And in Swearingen's case, those questions are particularly well placed.

This is the state's eighth effort to get Swearingen's execution on the calendar. At least four times, similar requests yielded a death date, but every time the Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution.

But it is those repeated bids for testing that have become the hallmark of Swearingen's legal case. For years, his lawyers have insisted that crime scene DNA taken from evidence near Trotter's body could hold the keys to prove his innocence. But prosecutors - and higher courts - have deemed such testing unnecessary.

At least twice, a trial court judge sided with Swearingen's testing requests - but each time the state slapped down the lower court's grant, ruling that new DNA wouldn't be enough to counter the "mountain of evidence" pointing to Swearingen's guilt.

Swearingen and Trotter were seen in the college's library together on Dec. 8, 1998 - the day of the teen's disappearance. Afterward, a biology teacher spotted Trotter leaving the school with a man. Hair and fiber evidence later showed that she'd been in Swearingen's car and home the day she vanished.

The killer's wife testified that she came home that evening to find the place in disarray - and in the middle of it all were Trotter's lighter and cigarettes. Swearingen later filed a false burglary report, claiming his home had been broken into while he was out of town.

That afternoon, Swearingen placed a call routed through a cell tower near FM 1097 in Willis - a spot he would have passed while heading from his house to the Sam Houston National Forest where Trotter's decomposing body was found 25 days later.

"A too trusting 19-year-old in the wrong place at the wrong time," Sandy Trotter said, recalling her daughter's death. "It's just every parent's nightmare."

Swearingen was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000. He went on to file what prosecutors described as "an abundance of habeas corpus applications, pro se motions, mandamus petitions, civil-right actions, and amended pleadings in both state and federal courts."

The state's Court of Criminal Appeals rejected all seven of Swearingen's habeas appeals, and in July a federal district court slapped down a civil suit seeking to win the convicted killer more DNA testing.

Through it all, Swearingen maintained his innocence.

"The way I look at it, I'm a POW of Texas," the former electrician has told the media. "It's my army against their army."

Even though his bids for more testing ultimately didn't pan out, Swearingen's DNA complaints sparked charges in state law in 2015. That year, lawmakers expanded access to testing by removing the requirement that the accused prove biological material - like saliva, sweat or skin cells - exists before testing evidence for it.

But no amount of DNA evidence would be enough to exonerate the convicted killer, prosecutors say.

Visiting Judge J.D. Langley greenlit Friday's decision in the 9th state District Court after Judge Phil Grant recused himself from the case in June 2016 given his prior involvement as a prosecutor during his time in the District Attorney's office.

Even at this late date in legal saga, Montgomery County prosecutor Bill Delmore still anticipates pushback from Swearingen's attorneys.

"I would say I'm cautiously optimistic that if there's an execution date we might finally see the culmination of this case," he said. "But I fully expect the attorneys for Swearingen to request another stay and they've been very tenacious in the past."

Even before the judge's decision, Swearingen's attorney James Rytting said he planned to file a motion opposing the execution date because DNA from a rape kit and the murder weapon had not yet been tested.

"How can you not test a rape kit?" he asked.

Just weeks before Langley issued his decision, Texas executed another convicted killer, Taichin Preyor. The San Antonio man was sentenced to death for killing a woman who sold him drugs. His attorneys filed a flurry of appeals, arguing that former lawyers who worked on the case were "utterly unqualified."

Even with the addition of Swearingen's death date to the calendar, the Lone Star State's use of capital punishment has been in a long-term downward slide.

So far, Huntsville has seen five executions in 2017, with another six - including Swearingen's - on the calendar. Another is already slated for early 2018, just days after all of the state's current supplies of lethal injection drugs expire, according to information obtained through a public records request.

The last time a Montgomery County killer saw the death chamber was in 2012, when Jonathan Green was executed for strangling and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Afterward, he first buried the body, then dug it up and stashed it inside his house, behind a chair.

Happy Thanksgiving Scumbag   8)
Women on Death Row / Re: Sammantha Allen Arizona
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - August 14, 2017, 07:20:27 PM
For taking an ice pop...

Time and time again dispelling the liberal mantra that the ability to screw gives one the ability to parent.
Texas Death Penalty News / Re: Texas Death Penalty News
Last post by turboprinz - August 09, 2017, 09:58:53 PM
Fifth Circuit Stops Texas From Executing Disabled Man
July 13, 2017

In a case in which Texas set an execution date without notifying the death row inmate's counsel, the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted his request for review of whether he is mentally competent to be executed.

Scott Panetti was sentenced to death for the murders of his estranged wife's parents at their home in Fredericksburg, in central Texas, in 1992.

Panetti, a diagnosed schizophrenic, had been hospitalized more than a dozen times for his mental illness before he shot his in-laws to death in front of his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

When he represented himself at trial, he dressed like a cowboy and tried to subpoena Jesus Christ, the pope, and John F. Kennedy as witnesses.

His execution was set for December 2014, but he received a stay of execution after his attorneys -- who learned of the execution date from a newspaper article in October that year -- requested a delay for new competency examinations.

A federal judge in San Antonio denied Panetti's requests for appointed counsel and funding to hire a mental health expert.

The Fifth Circuit reversed and remanded on Tuesday.

Writing for the three-judge panel, Fifth Circuit Judge Patrick Higginbotham called the case a chapter in the "judicial plunge into the dark forest of insanity and death directed by the flickering and inevitably elusive guides." He also vacated the factual findings on Panetti's competency.

"There is no justification for executing the insane, and no reasoned support for it, as only a glance at the brief of amici -- filed by able and fervent citizens spanning the spectrum of political views -- will confirm," Higginbotham wrote.

He found that state's actions in prosecuting Panetti denied him due process and rendered futile his attempt to determine competency.

After requesting an execution date without notifying Panetti's counsel -- leaving them only 10 days to file a competency motion before they lost the right to appeal -- the state suggested Panetti file a skeletal petition.

"Meanwhile, the State used its own resources to seek out and file new evidence with the TCCA [Texas Court of Criminal Appeals], all while opposing Panetti's access to the same resources," Higginbotham wrote.

Panetti did not have the money to acquire his own up-to-date evidence and his last professional competency evaluation had been conducted in 2007.

"As the argument goes, it is one thing to respond to a petitioner's claims on the existing record; it is quite another, with assistance of counsel and paid experts, to generate new evidence while preventing the petitioner from doing the same," Higginbotham wrote.

Since Panetti was last found competent seven years ago, escorting officers have noticed that he often acts in an "irrational and delusional manner," according to the ruling.

He has said he believes Texas implanted a listening device in his tooth that sends command messages to his brain; believes CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer displayed his stolen ID card during a report; and has claimed to be the father of actress-singer Selena Gomez.

Panetti's attorneys Greg Wiercioch and Kathryn Kase said in a statement that they were grateful the court found that their client's "nearly four decades" of documented severe mental illness was sufficient to require experts and resources to pursue his incompetency claim.

"We are confident that when the lower court is presented with all the evidence, it will find that Mr. Panetti, a schizophrenic man who insisted on representing himself at trial ... is not now competent for execution," the attorneys said. "Ultimately, commuting Mr. Panetti's sentence to life in prison without parole would keep the public safe and affirm our shared beliefs in a humane and moral justice system."

Chief Fifth Circuit Judge Carl Stewart and Fifth Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen joined Higginbotham on the panel. Owen concurred in part and dissented in part. She wrote in dissent that the majority failed to employ proper appellate standards of review.

"I agree that Panetti was and is entitled to appointed counsel at every step of the ongoing legal proceedings. But the error in failing to appoint counsel is not a dispositive issue and does not warrant a continued stay of execution since Panetti was actually represented by his former federal habeas counsel, who proceeded pro bono in the state courts and in federal district court, and they capably represented him," Owen wrote.
Women on Death Row / Re: Sammantha Allen Arizona
Last post by turboprinz - August 09, 2017, 09:41:06 PM
give the scumbag a face.....
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