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on: February 10, 2015, 10:31:49 PM 1 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Walter T. Storey - MO - 02/11/2015

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 .

on: February 04, 2015, 02:27:53 PM 3 Forum Rules and Information / Introductions / I'm Back...

Hi,

I have been really busy but I am back.  I miss all of you very much.

on: February 02, 2015, 10:44:25 AM 4 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Lester Bower, Jr. - TX - 2/10/15

There are so many absolute clear cases out there, nobody want's to kill an innocent, though it's far from clear thats the case here,
I'm Ok with puttin him on the backburner till and when anything is bulletproof. In the meantime get out lots of the 100% clear trash  >:(

on: January 29, 2015, 05:15:27 PM 5 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Robert Charles Ladd - TX - 12/11/14

Texas executes man for 1996 strangling, beating death
 

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was executed Thursday evening.

Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. The court also rejected an appeal in which Ladd's attorney challenged whether the pentobarbital Texas uses in executions is potent enough to not cause unconstitutional pain and suffering.

Ladd was executed for the 1996 slaying of 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner, of Tyler, who was strangled and beaten with a hammer. Her arms and legs were bound, bedding was placed between her legs, and she was set on fire in her apartment.

In his final statement, Ladd addressed the sister of his victim by name, telling her he was "really, really sorry."

"I really, really hope and pray you don't have hatred in your heart," he said, adding that he didn't think she could have closure but hoped she could find peace. "A revenge death won't get you anything," he said.

Then Ladd told the warden: "Let's ride."

As the drug took effect, he said: "Stings my arm, man!" He began taking deep breaths, then started snoring. His snores became breaths, each one becoming less pronounced, before he stopped all movement.

He was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m., 27 minutes after the drug was administered.

Teresa Wooten, Garner's sister, said afterward that she accepted Ladd's apology and held no anger toward him.

"We hate the sin he committed. We hate the deed he committed," Wooten said. "But at the end of his life we no longer hated the man and have sympathy for his family."

Ladd came within hours of lethal injection in 2003 before a federal court agreed to hear evidence about juvenile records that suggested he was mentally impaired. That appeal was denied and the Supreme Court last year turned down a review of Ladd's case. His attorneys renewed similar arguments as his new execution date approached.

"Ladd's deficits are well documented, debilitating and significant," Brian Stull, a senior staff lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union Capital Punishment Project, told the high court.

Kelli Weaver, a Texas attorney general, reminded the justices in a filing that "each court that has reviewed Ladd's claim has determined that Ladd is not intellectually disabled."

Ladd's lawyers cited a psychiatrist's determination in 1970 that Ladd, then a 13-year-old in custody of the Texas Youth Commission, had an IQ of 67. Courts have embraced scientific studies that consider an IQ of 70 a threshold for impairment. The inmate's attorneys also contended he long has had difficulties with social skills and functioning on his own.

Ladd also was a plaintiff in a lawsuit questioning the "quality and viability" of Texas' supply of its execution drug, pentobarbital. The Texas Attorney General's Office called the challenge "nothing more than rank speculation."

When he was arrested for Garner's slaying, Ladd had been on parole for about four years after serving about a third of a 40-year prison term for the slayings of a Dallas woman and her two children. He pleaded guilty to those crimes.



A quadruple murderer has finally been brought to justice....he may have fooled the courts before, but, no longer. 8) 8) 8)

on: January 28, 2015, 07:50:50 AM 6 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Warren Lee Hill - GA - 1/27/15 - Executed

Last words and such...

Warren Hill declined to make a final statement but did accept an offer to have a prayer read over him by a clergy member.

For his last meal he ate the institutional meal tray consisting of Shepherd pie, mashed potatoes, red beans, cabbage relish salad, corn bread, sugar cookies and fruit punch.

Factoids...


Hill was the 2nd condemned murderer executed in Georgia this year and the 57th since executions resumed.
His was the 5th US execution in 2015 and the 1399th since 1976.

The skinny...

Hill dodged the executioner three times in the past 10 years, twice within an hour of getting the needle.  His claim of mental disability went back and forth in the courts for years but ultimately couldn't get past Georgia's guidelines for proof...lights out.

on: January 27, 2015, 05:24:22 PM 7 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Warren Lee Hill - Ga -Jan 27, 2015 NEW DATE

Warren Lee Hill executed in Georgia
January 27th, 2015by Staff Report in Breaking NewsRead Time: < 1 min.

Photo by The Associated Press/Times Free Press.
The execution of Warren Lee Hill for the 1990 murder of a fellow prison inmate was carried out this evening at 7:55 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Ga.

The sentence was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Hill's request for a stay of execution at approximately 6:30 p.m.

I guess the mental defect claim didn't hold water.Enlisting in the military precludes mental defectives as the skills needed to operate even the simplest machines requires a good understanding of mechanics...just another killer trying to save his ass by claiming something he wasn't .

 

on: January 25, 2015, 04:19:30 AM 9 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Garcia Glenn White - TX - 1/28/15

Family: Drugs fueled downward spiral for man facing execution
Relatives say coping mechanism triggered psychotic symptoms
January 22, 2015

Drugs swept through Garcia White's life like a rampaging river, transforming a "sweet guy," relatives said, into the multiple murderer prosecutors later would brand a "killing machine."

Stabbed or beaten, five people - including twin 16-year-old girls - died by White's hand in a six-year period in which the onetime Church of Christ college student heavily used marijuana and crack cocaine.

That drug use, psychologists have found, seemed to play a major role in the violence of White, a not-too-bright man who otherwise seemed responsible, quiet and nonviolent.

"He was the sweetest guy you would ever want to meet," said Effron Williams, White's cousin and close friend. "But when he was on drugs, he was like another person."

White's lawyers, in new pleadings, introduced a neuropharmacologist who said that use of those drugs can trigger psychotic symptoms. That information, not available at the time of White's trial, might have prompted jurors to spare White's life, the killer's lawyers said. Prosecutors countered that the drug expert had not evaluated White or reviewed his medical records and that the observations were "speculative."

Unless an appeals court or the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Greg Abbott intervene, White, 51, will be put to death Wednesday for the December 1989 slayings of teenagers Annette and Bernette Edwards.

As White's execution date nears, his close-knit family struggles with grief and anger.

"We constantly pray," said Shelia Dixion, another cousin. "I have no faith in humans. God has the last word."

Killed after birthdays

Little judicial doubt remains about White's guilt. In a 1995 videotaped police interrogation, White admitted the killings. His attorneys challenged the confession's legitimacy, contending that White made a bungled, unsuccessful request for a lawyer to attend the questioning. The argument has not gained traction in the courts.

The twins were slain one day after their 16th birthday.

On their birthday, contemporary press accounts reported, the girls telephoned their grandmother, begging her to let them live with her. They were terrified, they told her, of the rowdy drug users their mother, Bonita Edwards, admitted into their northeast Houston apartment. Bonita Edwards also was killed in the attack.

Police were alerted to the murders days later by Bonita Edwards' 64-year-old married lover, who - looking for his girlfriend - stumbled onto the bloody scene.

Annette, attired only in her panties, was found lying just inside the front door. She suffered eight stab wounds in her chest and one on her neck.

Bernette, gagged with a pink shirt wrapped around her neck, was found in a back bedroom. She suffered 11 knife wounds in her chest and two on her neck. Semen collected from her vagina and rectum was linked to White with 99.9999 percent certainty, prosecutors reported.

The girls' mother was found in the dining room. She suffered 14 stab wounds in the chest, half of them 5 to 6 inches deep.

A bloody sock was found beneath the family Christmas tree.

'I made it all up'

The crime remained unsolved until 1995, when one of White's friends, being questioned in connection with another crime, told police White had admitted the killings to him.

In his confession, White first told police that he and a second man had offered Bonita Edwards drugs in exchange for sex. Edwards, he said, grabbed a knife from a kitchen drawer when the men reneged on the deal. White's companion then stabbed the three victims, he said.

When police learned that White's companion had died four months before the attack, they confronted White again.

"I made it all up," White told police. "She reached for a knife, and I took the knife and stabbed her. Some kids come out. I went into the bedroom after them. I stabbed one in the bedroom and one in the living room."

During the punishment phase of White's trial, prosecutors asserted that White also had fatally beaten Greta Williams at a neighborhood drug house one month before the Edwards killings. A grand jury initially declined to indict White for the crime, but prosecutors said he later confessed. White, they said, also confessed to killing the owner of a Houston convenience store during a July 1995 robbery.

White's mother, Lizzie, declined to be interviewed for this story. At her son's trial, she testified that White - the third of her seven children - performed poorly in school but behaved well. He played football at Wheatley High School, from which he graduated in 1981.

"About the good part of his life, the only thing I can say is that he loved football and that he was good at it," Dixion said of her cousin. After graduation, White attended Lubbock Christian University, a small Church of Christ university, where he also played football.

'He needed help'

A 1982 knee injury ended White's football and college careers. He returned to Houston, where he worked, first as a house painter, then, beginning in 1984, as a sand blaster. He suffered a head injury in the latter job when he fell "three or four stories" off a building, court documents reveal. White's attorneys argue this injury, coupled with another in which he was hit in the head with a baseball bat, exacerbated his cognitive difficulties.

"I've seen his good side on the street," said Williams, his cousin, "and I've seen his bad side on the street. Once he came home from college, his career kind of ended. He just wanted to get high, to cope."

Williams said he tried to counsel White, who hid his drug problem from his family.

"The family didn't really know," Williams said. "I talked to him a lot. He needed someone to talk to."

Once, Williams said, White borrowed $35 from him. Weeks went by without repayment - a concern to Williams, who was scraping by as a hamburger restaurant manager. When White finally came to pay, he confessed, "Cuz, I got a serious problem," Williams recalled. "I told him he needed help, and he did. I told him there's a time and place for everything. Don't give up."

Psychologists testifying at White's trial told jurors that the killer likely would not be a future danger in prison, where he presumably would be unable to obtain drugs.

White, who, standing 6 feet tall and weighing more than 350 pounds, is known on death row as "Big" White, declined to be interviewed for this story.

Neither Dixion nor Williams, who claimed to have a criminal record and couldn't face again traveling to prison, has visited White since he's been on death row.

"If I had some chance," Dixion said, "these are the words I would tell him: God forgives all sin. I know the kind of person he was and I know the kind of person he is today. I don't know the demon that came in. God still loves him."

City of Houston and Texas Department of Corrections crime victims' advocates could not provide contact information for the families of White's victims.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Drugs-fueled-downward-spiral-for-man-facing-6033539.php

on: January 23, 2015, 10:44:21 AM 10 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Richard Eugene Glossip - OK - 11/20/2014

This is the first time I guess I write something in favor of a offender, he was a hotel manager, and what he had to say in Turbo's post let him look like he's average or better intelligent person maybee gettin in a situation that gets out of control, I guess justice has all checked out and he is guilty by law, but there are so much more dirt to be X'd with no doubt of guilt that I would like to see him more at the end of the row ???   

on: January 21, 2015, 10:59:57 AM 11 General Death Penalty / Texas Death Penalty News / Re: Texas Death Penalty News

Supreme Court rejects Texas Death Row inmate’s appeal
01/20/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Fort Worth man sent to Texas Death Row for killing a 61-year-old grandmother at her Johnson County home nearly five years ago.

The high court ruling Tuesday, with no comment from the justices, was on an automatic first appeal following the conviction and death sentence given to 32-year-old Mark Anthony Soliz. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last month rejected a similar appeal.

Nancy Weatherly, fatally shot during a June 2010 robbery at her rural home near Godley, was one of two people Soliz killed during a crime spree. The murder weapon came from a Fort Worth home burglary.

Soliz committed 13 crimes over eight days in June 2010, including carjackings, armed robberies, a holdup, a drive-by shooting and the fatal shooting of Ruben Martinez, a deliveryman who happened to be unloading beer at a north Fort Worth convenience store about 6 a.m. June 29, 2010.

A few hours later, Weatherly was killed when Soliz and co-defendant Jose Ramos broke into her home intent on robbery and shot her.

Tarrant County prosecutors have not tried Soliz in Martinez’s slaying.

Ramos pleaded guilty in both cases and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

State District Judge William Bosworth has not set Soliz’s execution date.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article7816239.html

on: May 11, 2014, 09:02:41 AM 14 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Robert James Campbell - TX - 5/13/14

I understand both points, sure a not perfect X (no B-word GGR  :-* ) has a negative impact on oh so critical media etc. and why
make it more difficult to carry out future executions  ??? , but on the other side, if we as DP supporters don't stand whole-heartedly behind our attitude (and then it don't matters if a murder suffered a little bit more than neccessairy) ,maybee we weaken our standpoint  too  ;)

on: February 04, 2014, 05:43:05 PM 15 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / The (imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution

The (imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
Dudley Sharp

Ohio justly executed rapist/torturer/murderer Dennis McGuire.


Unconscious, McGuire snored and the media went apoplectic.

The Horror is that the media will have 10,000 more articles about the imagined
suffering of this executed rapist/torturer/murderer than they did about the real
suffering of his victims, Joy Stewart, her husband Kenny, unborn child Carl and
their families and friends.

There is no indication that McGuire was in pain, at any time, or that he was
conscious after the first 1-3 minutes of the 25 minute execution process, as
pharmacological realities would dictate (see below).

There is every indication that Joy Stewart was conscious throughout the eternal
horror of her savage rape and murder. McGuire forced Joy from her car, choked
her, attempted to rape her vaginally, raped her anally, slashed her throat so
deeply it severed both her carotid artery and jugular vein, all the while Joy
realizing the horror of her own death, as well as that of her unborn child.

The baby’s name would have been Carl, his mother’s grave marker shows.

Joy's husband, Kenny, committed suicide within a year after their murders.

McGuire had more time on death row than Joy had in life.

"State prison records released Monday say McGuire told guards that (McGuire's
counsel, Robert) Lowe counseled him to make a show of his death that would,
perhaps, lead to abolition of the death penalty. But three accounts from prison
officials indicate McGuire refused to put on a display." (1)

"Amy Borror, a spokeswoman for the public defender's office, said all accounts
from execution eyewitnesses - which did not include Lowe - indicate McGuire was
unconscious at the time he struggled to breathe." (1)

"Medical experts would not comment on Mr. McGuire’s execution or speculate about
what he experienced. They agreed that used for surgery, the two drugs would not
cause pain. (2).

“By virtue of what they do, they cause unconsciousness, and they inhibit pain,”
said Dr. Howard Nearman, professor of anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve
University (2).

As there was no surgery, both drugs were given at overdose levels and both drugs
would enhance the effects of the other, of course there was no pain.

Do folks wheeze, snore, move or cough etc. while sleeping? Do those with opiate
overdoses wheeze, snore, move, cough, have spasms, etc.? Of course, which is all
that happened with McGuire, as some predicted.

The Associate Press witness:

"McGuire was still for almost five minutes, then emitted a loud snort, as if
snoring, and continued to make that sound over the next several minutes. He also
soundlessly opened and shut his mouth several times as his stomach rose and
fell." "A coughing sound was Dennis McGuire’s last apparent movement, at 10:43
a.m. He was pronounced dead 10 minutes later." (3)

No evidence of consciousness or pain.

Sadly, we have ignorant, anti death penalty folks, who just can't wait to get
their word out, such as McGuire's spiritual advisor, Father Lawrence Hummer,
stating, "There is no question in my mind that Dennis McGuire suffered greatly
over many minutes. . . . this experimental two-drug concoction had taken 26
minutes. I consider that inhumane." (4)

McGuire's children have threatened to sue the state over their father's just
execution.  So foul. They have learned so very little.

Their only comments should have been:

"We are truly sorry for the horror and suffering that our father has caused to
Joy, her husband, Kenny, their unborn son, Carl and to their family and friends. 
Our thoughts and prayers will be with them, always."

Maybe Father Hummer's only words should been along those lines, as well.

Possibly, someone in the media, and others, will look up the overdose properties
of the drugs involved (below) and tell us how McGuire could, possibly, have been
conscious. He couldn't have been.

The properties of the drugs and their overdosing effects are very well known -
by no means an experiment.

1) "OHIO GUARDS: INMATE WAS URGED TO FAKE SUFFOCATION", JULIE CARR SMYTH,
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jan 27, 2014, 9:48 PM EST,

2) Family Sues in Protracted Ohio Execution, ASSOCIATED PRESS, New York Times,
JAN. 25, 2014

3)  OHIO KILLER EXECUTED WITH NEW LETHAL DRUG COMBO, ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP
Legal Affairs Writer, The Daily Record, January 16, 2014 2:57PM

4)  "I witnessed Ohio's execution of Dennis McGuire. What I saw was inhumane",
Lawrence Hummer, The Guardian, theguardian.com, 22 January 2014 13.51 EST

FACT CHECKING: Midazolam, a sedative,  & Hydromorphone, an opiate/painkiller

The Ohio lethal injection protocol is 10mg of midazolam & 40mg of hydromorphone,
mixed together then injected.

The injection took 20 seconds.

The toxicity of benzodiazepines (including midazolam) overdose and risk of death
is increased when combined with opiates and when used intravenously, with
symptoms including respiratory distress, coma and death.

"More than 80 deaths have occurred after the use of midazolam  . . . 78% of the
deaths associated with midazolam were respiratory in nature." (MIDAZOLAM
HYDROCHLORIDE: Human Health Effects, http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+6751

"The initial intravenous dose for sedation in adult patients may be as little as
1 mg, but should not exceed 2.5 mg in a normal healthy adult.", Midazolam
Injection,
http://www.drugs.com/pro/midazolam-injection.html

4 times that initial maximum dose was given to McGuire.

However, " . . . total dose >5 mg (of midazolam) "usually" (my emphasis) not
necessary to reach desired sedation . . .", Medscape, midazolam (Rx) - Versed,
IV, http://reference.medscape.com/drug/versed-midazolam-342907

Hydromorphone overdose,
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002633.html

"IV initial dose: 0.2 to 1 mg every 2 to 3 hours (given slowly over at least 2
to 3 minutes)",  Hydromorphone Dosage, http://www.drugs.com/dosage/hydromorphone.html

40-200 times those dosages were given to McGuire.
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