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on: January 21, 2016, 11:11:49 AM 1 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Christopher Eugene Brooks - AL - 1/21/16

Vigils held statewide ahead of Christopher Brooks execution

Casey Toner

on January 21, 2016 at 11:48 AM, updated January 21, 2016 at 12:35 PM

A number of vigils are set throughout the state on Thursday in connection with the Alabama's first execution in two years.

Barring any last minute stays, death row inmate Christopher Eugene Brooks is set to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. in the execution chamber at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. Brooks, now 43, was convicted in the December 1992 rape and murder of a Homewood woman, 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell

Investigators linked Brooks to the crime through DNA, fingerprints, and Campbell's car and other items taken from her Homewood apartment, including a credit card he had used. Her partially clothed body had been found under her bed and she had been beaten with a barbell.

Brooks would be the 57th death row inmate executed in Alabama since executions resumed in 1983 after an unofficial more than decade-long nationwide moratorium ended.

Officials with Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty, an Alabama advocacy group, say that there will be a number of Alabama vigils held throughout the day:

In Mobile, there will be a prayer vigil from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Dauphin Street at Claiborne Street.

In Montgomery, there will be a vigil on the steps of the state capitol at 5:30 p.m.

There are two vigils scheduled in Birmingham. The first will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and 8th Avenue North across from the Jefferson County Court Building.

A second prayer vigil will be held at 5:45 p.m. opposite the Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Kelly Ingram Park, off 16th Street North and 6th Avenue North. This vigil will take place whether there is a stay or not.

Inside the prison, the inmates will show their respect and solidarity by refraining from sports and wearing their dress whites in the yard when they observe moments of silence and prayer on Wednesday and Thursday.

In France, Action of Christians for the Abolition of Torture and the Death Penalty will be praying ahead of the execution.

And, the Birmingham Friends Meeting building, 4413 5th Avenue South, hangs a black flag from an upstairs window facing the street on all execution dates in the U.S. stating: TODAY WE MOURN THE DEATH OF A FELLOW HUMAN BEING.

So nice of these good Alabama folks holding vigils for the raped and murdered Jo Deann Campbell and her family...Oh. guess not. ::)

on: December 10, 2015, 03:34:03 AM 2 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Brian Keith Terrell - GA - 12/8/15 - Executed

Another the bitter end, claimed innocence...not so much...

DNA Testing Proves Executed Va. Prisoner's Guilt
Published January 13, 2006  Associated Press
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Death penalty opponents said new DNA tests confirming the guilt of a murderer who was put to death in Virginia while still proclaiming his innocence will do nothing to end their fight to abolish capital punishment.

The test results, announced Thursday by Gov. Mark R. Warner, prove Roger Keith Coleman was guilty of the 1981 rape and murder of his sister-in-law, putting an end to a debate over his guilt that has raged since he was executed in 1992.

Death penalty opponents have argued for years that the risk of a grave and irreversible mistake by the criminal justice system is too great to allow capital punishment. A finding of innocence in the Coleman case would have been explosive news and almost certainly would have had a powerful effect on the public's attitude toward the death penalty. But despite the finding of guilt, death penalty opponents insist the results do not mean capital punishment is infallible.

"Obviously, one case does not in any way reflect on the correctness of the other 1,000 executions we've had in the last 30 years," said Peter Neufeld, co-founder of the Innocence Project. "Other governors should take their lead from Governor Warner and do post-execution testing in their cases, because ... there's no reason not to — it's all about getting to the truth."

Coleman was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 for the gruesome murder of 19-year-old Wanda McCoy, who was found raped, stabbed and nearly beheaded in her home in the coal mining town of Grundy.

The report from the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto concluded there was almost no conceivable doubt that Coleman was the source of the sperm found in the victim.

"The probability that a randomly selected individual unrelated to Roger Coleman would coincidentally share the observed DNA profile is estimated to be 1 in 19 million," the report said.

A former prosecutor in the case said the results, while not surprising, were a relief.

"Quite frankly, I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off of my shoulders," Grundy attorney Tom Scott said. "You can imagine, had it turned out differently, (the other prosecutor) and I certainly would have been scapegoats."

Initial DNA and blood tests in 1990 placed Coleman within the 0.2 percent of the population who could have produced the semen at the crime scene. But his lawyers said the expert they hired to conduct those initial DNA tests misinterpreted the results.

The governor agreed to a new round of more sophisticated DNA tests in one of his last official acts. Warner, who has been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2008, leaves office on Saturday.

Coleman's case drew international attention as the well-spoken inmate pleaded his case on talk shows and in magazines and newspapers. Time magazine featured the coal miner on its cover. Pope John Paul II tried to block the execution. Then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's office was flooded with thousands of calls and letters of protest from around the world.

Coleman's attorneys argued that he did not have time to commit the crime, that tests showed semen from two men was found inside McCoy and that another man bragged about murdering her.

"An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight," the 33-year-old said moments before he was electrocuted. "When my innocence is proven, I hope America will realize the injustice of the death penalty as all other civilized countries have."

One criminal law expert said the results in the Coleman case should have little impact on the nation's death penalty debate.

"I don't know that the particular result here really matters," said University of Virginia criminal law professor Richard Bonnie. "Of course there's going to be cases in which people have claimed to be innocent and that DNA testing ... will tend to disprove that — that should be expected. But I think we also know that there are going to be cases where the claim of innocence is supported."

Whatever the potential outcome, making DNA testing readily available to all death row inmates should be of vital concern, said Earl Washington Jr., who came within nine days of being executed before being pardoned in 2000 thanks to DNA testing.

"DNA works two different ways — find you guilty, find you innocent. Today, the DNA on Roger Coleman found him guilty," said Washington, who befriended Coleman while they were on death row together. "I would rather see everyone on death row do DNA (testing) if possible. One day they might end up executing an innocent person."

Death penalty proponents welcomed the results. "Stop the presses — it turns out that rapists and killers are also liars," Michael Paranzino, president of a group called Throw Away the Key, said in a statement.

Four newspapers and Centurion Ministries, a New Jersey organization that investigated Coleman's case and became convinced of his innocence, sought a court order to have the evidence retested. The Virginia Supreme Court declined to order the testing in 2002, so Centurion Ministries asked Warner to intervene.

James McCloskey, executive director of Centurion Ministries, had been fighting to prove Coleman's innocence since 1988. The two shared Coleman's final meal together — cold slices of pizza — just a few hours before Coleman was executed.

"I had always believed in Roger's complete innocence. In my view, he had no motive, means, or opportunity to do this crime. I now know that I was wrong. Indeed, this is a bitter pill to swallow," said McCloskey, adding he felt betrayed by Coleman. "Even though the results are far different than I expected, and even though this particular truth feels like a kick in the stomach, I do not regret that this effort has at last brought finality to all who have had an interest in this matter."

This is the one the anti's always like to forget.

on: April 29, 2015, 03:50:25 PM 3 Across the Globe / World Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Indonesia Death Penalty News

Chan, Sukumaran executed by firing squad

29 Apr 2015 - 3:41 AM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 1:13 PM

Australia will recall its ambassador from Jakarta in the first official reaction to the overnight execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan by an Indonesian firing squad.

The bodies of the Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have left the Indonesian island where they were executed overnight, leaving their families to contemplate a lifetime of grief.

Just after midnight (0325 AEST), on the prison island of Nusakambangan, the Australian men were shot dead alongside six other drug offenders.

A ninth who was scheduled to die, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines, was spared at the last moment.

The Australian men's families say they are broken, and Indonesia's steadfast refusal to spare the men has sentenced them to endless pain and grief.

    I have just lost a Courageous brother to a flawed Indonesian legal system. I miss you already RIP my Little Brother

    — Michael chan (@Changa5378) April 28, 2015

The futility of years of legal appeals and challenges was evident in the words of Chan and Sukumaran's Indonesian lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis, who tweeted: "I am sorry. I failed. I lost."

The killings have sparked rage and grief in Australia, amid reports some of the families gathered at Cilacap, across the water from Nusakambangan, heard the shots that killed their loved ones.

Australia will recall its ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, in an unprecedented move to convey its anger to its northern neighbour.

"These two families have suffered an appalling tragedy," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the families had been left in a "devastating position".

"Their deaths are senseless," she said.
Grim convoy

A grim convoy of ambulances arrived on a ferry in Cilacap, before heading to Jakarta. Empty coffins sent over a few days ago have returned carrying the bodies of the eight.

Australian officials are with the Chan and Sukumaran families, and Ms Bishop said it would be their job to see the bodies returned, with the respect and dignity they deserved.

    Ambulances carrying the bodies of Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran have just left the Cilacap port @SBSNews #Bali9

    — Alyshia Gates (@alyshiagates) April 28, 2015

'The two boys died well'

Chan and Sukumaran's lawyer Peter Morrissey said the Australians had died with dignity.

"It's awful, I know, but the two boys died well. They made their preparations, they were dignified. They're strong against the death penalty, they were supportive of their families," he said.

"They tasted how awful this would be," he said, referring to executions carried out in 2011.

"They knew what it was like to be tied to the post, they were very worried about it and yet at the end they've come through as really remarkable, lovely blokes."
International condemnation

The others executed were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, and Ghanaian Martin Anderson.

The executions have sparked a wave of international condemnation, and Australian politicians are vowing to use the deaths of Chan and Sukumaran to push all nations to abolish the death penalty.

"The international community must renew its resolve to rid the world of this barbaric practice, and Australia should stand ready to lead this work," Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and shadow foreign affairs minister Tanya Plibersek said.

Amnesty International has called on Indonesia to understand the world's majority position on the death penalty has shifted.

"End the death penalty and join the international trend to abolish the inhuman, cruel and degrading practice," it said.

SBS Reporter Alyshia Gates reports from Cilacap

When they say DO NOT smuggle drugs into Indonesia, folks ,you better believe it !!These folks rolled the dice and came up snakeeyes.....

on: March 04, 2015, 09:06:10 AM 4 Across the Globe / World Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Indonesia Death Penalty News

How Indonesia carries out the death penalty: rules of execution
 4 March 2015

As Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran await execution along with nationals from Brazil, France, Ghana, the Philippines and Nigeria, Indonesia sets out the rules governing their deaths

    The convicted prisoner must be notified 72 hours before execution.

    While waiting, they must be held in a special prison.

    If the convicted prisoner wants to say something, the statement or the message must be received by the prosecutor.

    If the convicted prisoner is pregnant, the execution will take place 40 days after the child is born.

    Their lawyer can attend the execution.

    The execution is not performed in public and conducted in the most modest possible way unless determined otherwise by the president.

    The head of local police forms the shooting team, consisting of one non-commissioned officer and 12 privates, under the command of an officer.

    The convicted prisoner can be accompanied by a spiritual counsellor.

    They must dress modestly.

    The commander will blindfold them with a piece of fabric, unless asked not to.

    They can stand, sit or kneel.

    If necessary their hands or feet will be tied to a pole.

    There will be between five and 10 metres between the convicted prisoners and the shooting team.

    In previous executions, the shooting team has comprised 12 men with rifles – three of them with live rounds – who aim at targets over the convicted prisoner’s heart.

    Using a sword for the signal, the commander will order “ready” by swinging his sword up, ordering the team to aim at the convict’s heart.

    By swinging his sword down quickly, he orders “shoot”.

    If the convicted isn’t killed, the non-commissioned officer is ordered to shoot his pistol into the prisoner’s head, above the ear.

    A doctor will confirm the death and a report will be prepared on the execution.

    The body is handed to family or friends for burial, or to the state, with attention paid to religious beliefs.

on: February 10, 2015, 10:31:49 PM 5 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Walter T. Storey - MO - 02/11/2015

Early Wed., Feb. 11, 2015

Missouri man executed for killing neighbor in 1990


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.

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: .

on: February 04, 2015, 02:27:53 PM 7 Forum Rules and Information / Introductions / I'm Back...


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

on: February 02, 2015, 10:44:25 AM 8 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / 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 9 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Robert Charles Ladd - TX - 12/11/14

Texas executes man for 1996 strangling, beating death

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 10 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.


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 11 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 13 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.

on: January 23, 2015, 10:44:21 AM 14 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / 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 15 General Death Penalty / Texas Death Penalty News / Re: Texas Death Penalty News

Supreme Court rejects Texas Death Row inmate’s appeal

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.
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