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Scheduled Executions / Quisi Bryan - OH - 10/26/2022
December 15, 2017, 08:56:16 PM
Execution date in 2022 set for man who killed police officer
Updated: Dec 12, 2017 - 11:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date nearly five years in the future for a man sentenced to death for killing a Cleveland police officer.

Quisi (QWEE'-zee) Bryan was convicted of shooting officer Wayne Leon in 2000 at a Cleveland gas station after the officer stopped Bryan for a traffic violation.

The court on Tuesday set Bryan's execution date for Oct. 26, 2022. He is one of more than two dozen Ohio death row inmates with execution dates over the next few years.

Earlier this fall, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case of the 47-year-old Bryan.

His attorney, federal public defender Alan Rossman, declined to comment after the execution date was announced.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Doyle Lee Hamm - AL - 2/22/18
December 15, 2017, 08:52:01 PM
give the scumbag a face...
South Carolina wants to execute Bobby Wayne Stone but has no drugs
Nov 21 2017

South Carolina has scheduled its first execution in six years but can't get the drugs to carry it out -- prompting the governor to call for a law shielding the identity of suppliers.

There are 39 inmates on South Carolina's death row. Last week, the courts set a Dec. 1 date for Bobby Wayne Stone, 52, who was convicted of murdering a sheriff's deputy in 1997.

The state's protocol calls for three drugs, including pentobarbital, which manufacturers won't sell to prisons for executions.

 Gov. Henry McMaster said the state has made "intense efforts" to get the drugs but can't find a compounding pharmacy to make them.

"They are afraid their names will be made known and they don't want to have anything to do with it for fear of retribution," McMaster said. "We're at a dead stop and we can't do anything about it."

Other states have passed laws shrouding their suppliers in secrecy, although courts have overturned or expressed concerns about some of them.

McMaster said he was asking the state's General Assembly to pass a shield law quickly.

Major pharmaceutical companies refuse to sell their products for executions and bar their wholesalers from doing the same. Last week, Pfizer demanded that Nevada return any of its branded fentanyl or diazepam, which the state bought from a wholesaler.

After hitting a record low last year, executions are up slightly in 2017, on pace to end the year at two dozen lethal injections.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Russell Bucklew - MO - 3/20/18
December 10, 2017, 06:10:06 PM
give the scumbag a face....
New Date: 2/1/2018 as of Texas Department of Criminal Justice
In rare move, Vietnam announces execution date of jilted lover behind family massacre
November 15, 2017

 It is extremely unusual for the country to give the public prior notice of an execution.

The murder of six family members that shocked the entire nation more than two years ago has resurfaced now that judges have announced that the killer will be executed this Friday.

It is extremely unusual for Vietnam to inform the public of an execution beforehand, but the announcement seems fit for a case that caught widespread media and public attention, with many calling it "a massacre". It also serves public interest in a country where there is still strong belief that capital punishment is the answer to serious crimes.

Nguyen Hai Duong, 26, was found guilty of a murder-robbery that took place in July 2015 in Binh Phuoc Province, three hours north of Saigon.

He will be put to death by poison injection, the province's People's Court said late Tuesday. He has been held in the province's prison and his condition is "stable", one judge said.

According to the indictment, Duong devised a plan to kill the family after they opposed his relationship with their daughter, leading them to break up.

Duong told his accomplice, Vu Van Tien, they were going to rob the family's villa.

On the morning in question, they arrived at the villa armed with knives and proceeded to stab Duong's estranged girlfriend, her parents, brother and two cousins to death. They left sparing the family's 18-month baby, taking cash and gadgets worth around $2,200.

Both Duong and Tien were arrested days later and sentenced to death in late 2015.

Duong accepted his punishment, but Tien, also 26, filed an appeal, which was rejected by the Supreme People's Court in July last year.

Tien has filed a petition to Vietnam's president.

Vietnam reduced the number of crimes subject to capital punishment from 45 to 22 between 1993 and 2012, and is set to bring the number down to 17 from the beginning of next year.

The country, which switched to lethal injection from firing squad in 2011, was one of 55 countries to still impose the death sentence in 2016, according to statistics from Amnesty International.

Official figures from Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security showed that 429 prisoners were executed between August 2013 and June 2016.

Earlier this year, the ministry said it was building five more execution facilities. Serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, murder and rape, have not seen a downtrend, it said.
Scheduled Executions / Michael Pruitt - PA - 12/29/2017
November 16, 2017, 06:30:41 PM
Date set for execution of Sunday school teacher's killer Michael Pruitt scheduled to die on December 29
Nov 08, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A man convicted more than a decade ago of committing one of Reading's most brutal murders now has a date with the executioner.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced Wednesday that Secretary John Wetzel signed a notice of execution for Michael Pruitt.

He's scheduled to die by lethal injection on December 29.

Pruitt has been on death row since May 3, 2005, when he was sentenced for the murder of Greta Gougler in Reading three years earlier.

Gougler was a 69-year-old Sunday school teacher who was robbed, raped, and strangled inside her home on North Ninth Street on September 28, 2002.

A jury from Montgomery County was bused to Reading for the trial because of extensive pre-trial publicity given to the case in Berks.
give the scumbag a face....
give the scumbag a face....
Kimberly Diane Cargill / Re: Kimberly Cargill - Texas
November 01, 2017, 11:16:24 AM
Kimberly Cargill loses U.S. Supreme Court appeal in the 2010 slaying of Cherry Walker in Whitehouse
30 October 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the appeal of Kimberly Cargill, a Whitehouse woman on death row for the 2010 slaying of her developmentally disabled baby sitter.

Cargill, 50, was convicted in 2012 in Smith County. The court did not comment on its reasons for refusing the appeal, and Cargill does not have a set execution date.

Cargill was convicted of causing the asphyxiation of 39-year-old Cherry Walker in June 2010. Court records show her lawyers have until late April 2018 to file a more extensive appeal in a federal district court and that state attorneys will have three months to respond to that appeal.

At her trial, prosecutors said Cargill was facing a child abuse investigation and that she had already lost custody of one of her two children. They argued she killed Walker to keep her from testifying at a custody hearing. Walker's body, found on the side of a road in Smith County, had been doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. An autopsy determined she was asphyxiated.

Cargill testified that Walker had suffered a seizure and stopped breathing while she was driving Walker home, and that she panicked and didn't seek medical help. She said she set Walker's body on fire to eliminate any of her own DNA that may have been on the victim.

The victim's stepmother told Cargill that her stepdaughter had loved her after a death sentence was handed down by a Smith County jury in 2012. "Ms. Cargill, Cherry loved you and she loved (your son)," Rueon Walker said during the victim impact statement. "She didn't deserve the horrible thing you did. You took her away from people that loved her.

"When I saw my baby in the morgue, her eyebrows singed. ... You took away my memories of her," Mrs. Walker told Cargill. "I couldn't give her a beautiful pink dress. All I had was a black body bag. ... We don't hate you. We only have love, pity and compassion for you. Jesus loves you, and he will forgive you."

Following the 2012 trial, then-Prosecutor April Sikes said in her opinion, Ms. Walker left a legacy of protection for Cargill's children.

"They are safe, now," she said then.

Cargill is one of six women on death row in Texas, which is the most active capital-punishment state in the U.S. and has executed six prisoners so far this year.
Mesac Damas sentenced to death for Sept. 2009 slaying of his wife and five children
Oct. 27, 2017

Mesac Damas has been sentenced to death.

After more than eight years, the sentence handed down Friday morning by Collier Circuit Judge Christine Greider -- six counts of death, one for each family member he murdered -- finally brings resolution to the most horrifying Southwest Florida murder case in recent memory; a case that shocked the region at its onset, and then repeatedly frustrated the community -- as well as the family members of the victims -- through seemingly endless delays.

"In reaching this decision, the court is mindful that, because death is a unique punishment in its finality, its application is reserved only for those cases where only the most aggravating and least mitigating circumstances exist," Greider said at the end of the 1 -hour long proceeding.

The aggravating factors proven beyond a reasonable doubt in this case outweigh the mitigating circumstances reasonably established by the evidence and warrant that the defendant, Mesac Damas, be sentenced to death. There is nothing in the defendant's background or mental state that would suggest that a death sentence is disproportionate."

it was September 2009, when Damas brutally killed his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and the couple's five young children -- Michzach, 9, Marven, 6, Maven, 5, Megan, 3, and Morgan 1 -- slicing their throats with a filet knife inside their North Naples townhouse, bending the blade in the attacks. At the time, Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk called the killings "the most horrific and violent event" in county history.

Damas, now 41, fled to Haiti, where he was born and raised, but authorities soon located him.

While being transported from Haiti back to Florida, Damas confessed his guilt to the Daily News. Did you kill them? Yes, I did. Why? Only God knows.

He was driven to kill by the devil, he said. He wanted death. He wanted to be buried with his family. He expected to go to Heaven.

This focus on God and religion and spirits and demons - a tense mix of Evangelical Christianity and traditional Haitian Voodoo -- would continue throughout his time in the Collier County jail and during his court appearances. Early on he was prone to courtroom outbursts, begging to be put to death and imploring a courtroom gallery to come to Jesus. He has maintained that he was "possessed by demons" at the time of the crime.

In jail he fasted, leading to drastic weight fluctuations. He was, he said, trying to starve out the demons. He also shared his Christian faith with other inmates.

It was a lapse in faith before the killings had left him vulnerable to a demonic attack or hex, he would later tell a defense expert, a specialist in Haitian religion.

His court case was marked by fits and stops -- a trip to a state mental hospital, challenges to the state's death penalty law, and a rotating door of public defenders and judges (Greider was the fourth judge to oversee Damas' case).

Toward the end, Damas virtually shut down in court, refusing to participate in hearings or speak with his court-appointed lawyers. He wanted to represent himself in court; a request that was denied.

In early September, Greider allowed Damas to plead guilty to the six counts of first-degree murder. He waived his right to a jury. He also waived his right to have his attorneys present mitigating evidence in his favor.

On Tuesday, when Greider asked Damas if he still wanted to waive his right to mitigating evidence, he refused to speak. Instead, he wrote her a note.

"Go ahead, continue your work, may my blood be upon your shoulders."

He signed the note, "COG" -- Child of God.
08 Aug 2016

Shonda Walter, the only woman on Pennsylvania's death row, had her sentence thrown out by a judge who cited inadequate representation at her trial in the 2003 hatchet killing of her 83-year-old neighbor, reported The Associated Press.

Clinton County Senior Judge Michael Williamson sentenced Walter, 37, to life in prison without the possibility of parole, saying she had "totally incompetent counsel in the penalty phase" of her 2005 trial. Prosecutors had agreed not to seek the death penalty again, Williamson noted.

Walter killed James Sementelli, a veteran of the Pearl Harbor attack, in his Lock Haven home so she could steal his car and sell it to pay off court debts and to gain entry into a street gang, prosecutors said. He sustained more than 60 wounds, 18 fractures and 45 bruises, many of them to his head, face and neck, authorities said.

Evidence presented at trial indicated that Walter then drove his car to Williamsport but later returned to flush away a cigarette butt she had left in a toilet. Sementelli's body was discovered six days later. The hatchet, which contained his blood, was found along a rural road near Williamsport.

Before trial, Walter had rejected a plea agreement that would have avoided the possibility of the death penalty. A jury took less than 30 minutes to convict her of first-degree murder.

In her appeal, Walter argued that her trial lawyer openly conceded her guilt and filed an appeal that one judge described as "unintelligible." She had sought a new lawyer but was rejected.

Walter, whose sentence was vacated on July 26, had been the only woman on Pennsylvania's death row. Another woman, Michelle Sue Tharp, had her death sentence thrown out in 2014 and, according to online court records, is awaiting resentencing for starving her 7-year-old daughter.

As of Aug. 1, the state's death row had 176 men on it, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In February 2015, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced a temporary moratorium on executions, calling the state's capital punishment system error prone and expensive.

Since reinstating the death penalty in the mid-1970s, Pennsylvania has executed three inmates, all of whom dropped their appeals.
New sentencing for condemned mom who starved girl
Michelle Sue Tharp was sentenced to die after being found guilty of killing Tausha Lanham

Sep 25, 2014


A woman on death row for starving her 7-year-old daughter will get a new sentencing hearing, the state's highest court ruled, saying her trial attorney didn't introduce enough evidence about her troubled childhood and diminished mental capacity.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that another Washington County jury must retry the penalty phase in the trial of 45-year-old Michelle Sue Tharp, of Burgettstown.
The court found "there is a reasonable probability that at least one juror" might have voted against the death penalty after Tharp was convicted of first-degree murder in the April 1998 death of her third child, Tausha Lee Lanham. The girl weighed less than 12 pounds and was just 31 inches tall.
Tausha was the third of Tharp's four children and was premature when she was born in 1990, requiring hospitalization for the first year of her life. Trial evidence showed Tharp resented that, treating her other children well but refusing to regularly feed Tausha or seek medical care for her.
"The family would eat dinner while Tausha was either kept in the pantry or trapped in a corner of the kitchen by pieces of furniture," the appeals court noted. Tharp also instructed her boyfriend, Douglas Bittinger Sr., not to feed the girl while Tharp was away.
"Accordingly, on multiple occasions, two or three days would pass without Tausha getting any food or drink. This led her to sneak and eat cake mix or dog food from the pantry, eat bread thrown outside for birds, eat from the garbage, and drink from the toilet," the court noted.
Although family and friends contacted child welfare workers, they didn't intervene because Tharp would remove the girl from the home before caseworkers would visit.
When Tharp found the girl dead in bed, she and Bittinger drove to an Ohio mall, bought garbage bags and dumped the girl's remains in a remote area before reporting she had been abducted. Both later confessed to dumping the girl's body, though Tharp denied starving the girl and said she died from health conditions that rendered her unable to thrive.
Bittinger, now 42, is serving 15 to 30 years in prison for his lesser plea to third-degree murder.
Although the court found there was overwhelming evidence that Tharp purposely starved the girl, the appeals court ruled her attorney erred by not introducing a doctor's opinion that Tharp "had a borderline range of intellectual functioning, and was markedly impaired in her ability to employ common sense or logical analysis."
Tharp's trial attorney also failed to introduce independent evidence that she was affected by her "mother's abandonment, her father's drug-dealing, and her step-mother's physical abuse" and physical abuse by men as an adult.
Juries must be unanimous in recommending the death penalty. The court found it likely one of the 12 jurors might have changed his or her vote, which would have resulted in an automatic life sentence without parole instead.
No new date has been set for the new death penalty phase.
Debra Denise Brown / Re: Case sumary
October 29, 2017, 05:35:54 PM
DEBRA DENISE BROWN, Petitioner, v. SHIRLEY ROGERS, et al., Respondents.
United States District Court, S.D. Ohio, Eastern Division.
March 27, 2017.