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on: September 09, 2014, 08:41:50 AM 1 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Willie Tyrone Trottie - TX - 9/10/14

Media Advisory: Willie Tyrone Trottie scheduled for execution

AUSTIN – Pursuant to a court order by the 262nd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Willie Tyrone Trottie is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2014.

In 1993, a Harris County jury found Trottie guilty of capital murder for the murders of Barbara and Titus Canada pursuant to a planned home invasion.


The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit described the murders of Barbara and Titus Canada as follows:

Trottie and Barbara Canada met and began dating in about 1989. Shortly thereafter, the two moved in together and had a child. In September 1992, the couple separated and Barbara moved in with her family.

Trottie’s behavior towards Barbara became increasingly violent following their 1992 separation. According to state witnesses that testified at Trottie’s trial, Trottie warned Barbara that he would kill her if she did not return to him and repeated the threat several times in the months after she moved out. Barbara’s close friend testified that Trottie called Barbara “constantly” at home and at work, begging her to come back to him. Trottie hit Barbara, bumped Barbara’s car with his own while it was traveling at sixty to sixty-five miles per hour, and once kidnapped her, releasing her only after she promised to reunite with him.

Barbara obtained a protective order against Trottie in March 1993. Nevertheless, state witnesses testified that Trottie telephoned Barbara in April and told her that she had until May 1, 1993 to return to him, or else he would kill her. On May 3, 1993, Trottie called Barbara again and told her that “he wasn't going to wait around anymore” and again threatened to kill her. One witness testified that Trottie also threatened Barbara’s brother Titus Canada because, according to Trottie, he had gotten “in the way.”

Trottie arrived at the Canada residence at approximately 11 p.m. on the night of May 3, 1993, armed with a semiautomatic 9mm pistol. At the time, there were five children under the age of seven in the house, along with numerous other family members. According to state witnesses, Trottie opened fire immediately, wounding Barbara’s mother, sister, and brother. Barbara’s brother returned fire with a .380 caliber pistol and shot Trottie numerous times. Though wounded, Trottie cornered Barbara in a bedroom and, while she lay on the ground, shot her eleven times. Trottie then returned to the area where Barbara’s brother was lying wounded and, in the view of at least two small children, fired two shots into the back of Barbara’s brother’s head, killing him. Trottie left the Canada home and was arrested a short time later in the emergency room of a nearby hospital.


On May 3, 1993, Trottie was indicted in the 262nd Judicial District Court of Harris County for the capital offense of murdering Barbara and Titus Canada during the same criminal transaction. After Trottie pleaded not guilty, a jury found him guilty of the capital offense. Following a separate punishment hearing, the court assessed Trottie’s punishment at death.

On Sept. 20, 1995, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Trottie’s conviction and sentence in an unpublished opinion.

On Aug. 18, 1997, Trottie filed a state application for writ of habeas corpus in the trial court.

On July 10, 2008, the trial court submitted findings of fact and conclusions of law recommending that Trottie be denied relief.

On Feb. 11, 2009, the Court of Criminal Appeals adopted the trial court’s findings and conclusions and denied Trottie habeas relief.

On March 4, 2010, Trottie filed a federal habeas petition in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

On Sept. 30, 2011, the federal district court denied Trottie’s petition, and denied him permission to appeal.

Trottie sought permission to appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On June 14, 2013, the Fifth Circuit denied Trottie’s request.

On Nov. 13, 2013, Trottie filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court denied certiorari review on March 24, 2014.


Under Texas law, the rules of evidence prevent certain prior criminal acts from being presented to a jury during the guilt-innocence phase of the trial. However, once a defendant is found guilty, jurors are presented information about the defendant’s prior criminal conduct during the second phase of the trial – which is when they determine the defendant’s punishment.

The State presented the following evidence of Trottie’s future dangerousness. Jesse Doyle, a teacher and principal at Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, testified that he recommended Trottie’s expulsion from school in March 1987. That summer, Trottie stole $3000 of band equipment and other items from the school. Trottie entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge, and punishment was assessed at six months of probation.

The State also elicited testimony regarding Trottie’s three prior convictions in Harris County. In December 1988, Trottie was arrested at a grocery store for carrying a loaded .38 revolver. Trottie pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of carrying a weapon and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, probated for a period of one year. In July 1990, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped Trottie for speeding and observed a loaded .45 caliber revolver under Trottie’s car seat. Trottie pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of carrying a weapon and was sentenced to 20 days in jail. In September 1990, the service manager at a Houston car dealership where Trottie worked discovered that Trottie had a stolen car on dealership property. Trottie told the manager that he intended to have the engine removed from the stolen car and placed in a similar car. Police arrested Trottie in the dealership, and Trottie pleaded guilty to the felony offense of theft by receiving. Punishment was assessed at five years deferred adjudication probation.

Lynn Clark was Trottie’s probation officer from Sept. 24, 1990, until Feb. 25, 1993, when Trottie quit reporting. Clark described Trottie as a hard worker and good probationer, but Trottie was very upset over the breakup with Barbara and implied that he might kill her. As a result, Clark took the unusual step of calling Barbara and advising her to obtain a protective order, which is something she generally did not do in her probationers’ cases. Trottie also told Clark that he was involved in a March 1990 shooting where he wounded an individual after that individual fired at him.

In October 1992, Trottie and a cousin went to Barbara’s house to visit Trottie’s child. Trottie told Barbara that he just wanted to talk to her, but then he grabbed Barbara by the neck, threw her on the couch, and choked her. After he was forced to leave the house, Trottie shot out the tires on Barbara’s car.

Frederick Rusk testified that Trottie once pulled a gun on him in front of Barbara’s house. He heard Trottie was handling his daughter in a rough manner and wanted to talk to him about it. Rusk followed Barbara and Trottie to Barbara’s grandmother’s house. When Rusk got there, Trottie stepped out of a car and fired at him, but the shot did not hit Rusk or his car. Rusk decided not to press charges against Trottie.

The 5th Circuit denied Trottie yesterday...I would bet his ambulance chasers have gone to SCOTUS

on: September 09, 2014, 08:34:18 AM 2 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Earl Ringo Jr. - MO - 9/10/14

Missouri, Texas Plan Executions Wednesday

ST. LOUIS — Sep 8, 2014, 9:26 PM ET


Associated Press

Two of the nation's most active death penalty states are planning executions Wednesday, even as attorneys for the condemned men try to save them.

Earl Ringo Jr. is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. for killing two people during a robbery at a Columbia, Missouri, restaurant in 1998. Hours later, Texas plans to execute Willie Trottie for fatally shooting his common-law wife and her brother in Houston in 1993.

The executions would be the eighth this year in both states. Florida also has performed seven executions in 2014. All other states have a combined six executions.

Both Missouri and Texas use pentobarbital as their execution drug but decline to disclose where the drug is obtained.

"They don't tell you what it is and where it comes from," Trottie told The Associated Press. "What I've learned in 20 years here on death row is all you can do is say, 'OK.'

"I'm ready whichever way it goes. If God says, 'Yes,' I'm ready."

Ringo, 40, did not immediately respond to interview requests. He and another man robbed a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Columbia where Ringo previously worked, ambushing a deliveryman and manager trainee in the early-morning hours of July 4, 1998.

The accomplice, Quentin Jones, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was spared the death penalty by agreeing to testify against Ringo, the mastermind of the crime.

An appeal in U.S. District Court in Kansas City has asked that the execution be postponed until a hearing can determine whether Missouri's use of a pre-execution sedative is actually part of the execution process and violates the inmate's constitutional rights. Attorneys for Ringo say the dose of midazolam, also known by the brand name Versed, could make it difficult for the inmate to express any pain he might feel during the process.

"If the drug (the sedative) renders him incompetent, we want to know why they're doing that to him immediately before the execution proceeds," Ringo's attorney, Richard Sindel, said Monday.

In a response filed in court, the Missouri Attorney General's Office said Ringo "has long been aware that Missouri uses Versed and valium as pre-execution sedatives."

Midazolam has come under scrutiny after it was used in problematic executions earlier this year in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona. In each case, witnesses said the inmates gasped after their executions began and continued to labor for air before being pronounced dead.

Separately, Ringo's attorneys have asked Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency on several grounds, including concerns that race played a role in his death sentence. Ringo is black; he was convicted and sentenced by an all-white jury.

Trottie, who turned 45 Monday, shot and killed 24-year-old Barbara Canada, and her 28-year-old brother, Titus, at the Canada family home in Houston. Canada's mother and sister were wounded.

Lawyers for Trottie argued in their appeal that the one-time deliveryman and security guard suffered poor representation in his initial trial when his counsel failed to present witnesses who would have told jurors Trottie and Barbara Canada were romantically engaged at the time of the killings. Late Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal.

Trottie said he and Barbara Canada were on "good terms" despite an on-again, off-again relationship. Trottie said he was defending himself against Titus Canada, who shot first. He said the shooting of his wife was accidental.

"It wasn't like I just walked in there and gunned her down," he said.

Johnny Sutton, the lead prosecutor at Trottie's trial, said evidence showed that's exactly what happened.

"He hunted them down," Sutton said. "The self-defense claim is absolutely ridiculous. He kicked in their door. ... They already were worried about him. He was making threats and trying to run her off the road.

"This one was so cold and calculated."

on: September 08, 2014, 07:59:13 AM 3 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Ronald Phillips - OH - 2/11/15

Ohio executions will resume next February with Akron killer Ronald Phillips

By Jeremy Pelzer

 COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state of Ohio will resume executions in February, almost a month after a court-imposed death-penalty moratorium expires, the state's prisons agency announced Friday.

 Summit County killer Ronald Phillips is set to die by lethal injection on Feb. 11, 2015, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Gov. John Kasich approved the revised execution schedule on Friday for Phillips and 10 other death-row inmates.

 Phillips' execution will be Ohio's first since convicted murderer Dennis McGuire was put to death in January.

 Phillips, who was sentenced to death for the 1993 rape and beating death of a 3-year-old girl, was originally scheduled to die on Sept. 18.

 But last month, a federal judge ordered a moratorium on executions until Jan. 15, 2015, to allow more time for the state to implement changes to the new lethal injection procedure.

 A state review concluded that McGuire suffered no pain during his execution, but officials said they will increase the dosage of the drugs for future executions.

 Ohio's new execution protocol calls for 50 mg each of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same dosage of the drugs employed in a nearly two-hour-long execution in Arizona last July.

There couldn't be a better way to restart than with this baby raping/killing POS...even if there are problems with the protocol afterwards this scumbag will still be ding dong dead!

on: August 15, 2014, 08:53:22 AM 4 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Manuel Vasquez - TX - 8/16/14 - Stayed

Manuel Vasquez says he wants to die because his 15 years in solitary confinement is intolerable and does not amount to a life worth living.

Gee Manny, why didn't you tell your ambulance chaser to forget the paperwork and let Texas inject some justice?

on: August 08, 2014, 07:14:09 AM 5 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: A Long Dry Spell...

Leon Taylor -  MO - 9/10/14 out and Earl Ringo - MO - 9/10/14 in.  Even Steven.  8)

on: August 08, 2014, 06:56:02 AM 6 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Earl Ringo Jr. - MO - 9/10/14 - Executed

Execution Date Set for Earl Ringo Jr.

Brian Hauswirth

POSTED: 04:49 PM CDT Aug 07, 2014

The Missouri Supreme Court late Thursday afternoon scheduled a September 10 execution date for convicted killer Earl Ringo Jr.

Ringo was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to death for the brutal July 4, 1998 double killing at Columbia's Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Bernadette. Prosecutors said Ringo killed Ruby Tuesday employee Joanna Baysinger and delivery driver Dennis Poyser.  Baysinger and Poyser, who lived in Indiana, were both shot to death during a robbery.

Ringo and a friend, Quentin Jones, were captured by authorities later in July 1998 near Jeffersonville, Indiana. Jones pleaded guilty to first and second degree murder and later testified against Ringo, who was convicted and sentenced to death.

Ringo is currently incarcerated at the maximum-security Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point. He's set to be executed on September 10 in Bonne Terre. Jones is currently incarcerated at the Jefferson City Correctional Center. He's serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole.

on: August 07, 2014, 09:26:49 AM 7 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / A Long Dry Spell...

...of 35 days until the next scheduled execution.

The remainder of 2014:

10 TX Willie Trottie
10 MO Leon Taylor
17 TX Lisa Coleman
18 OH Ronald Phillips
22 PA Hubert Michael

7 TN Billy Irick
15 OH Raymond Tibbetts
15 TX Larry Hatten
28 TX Miguel Paredes

13 OK Charles Warner
19 OH Gregory Lott
20 OK Richard Glossip
26 IN William Gibson

4 OK John Grant
9 TN Ed Zagorski

5 sure things (TX & MO), 6 pretty solid (OK & OH), 3 very shaky (TN & PA) and 1 no go (IN).  There could be up to 14 condemned murderers to take their juice and MO and FL could slip 3 0r 4 more in.

It will be interesting to see if PA makes history on September 22 with Hubert Michael becoming the first involuntarily executed inmate in over 50 years.  8)

on: August 06, 2014, 10:03:25 AM 8 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014 - Executed

I'll no longer have to suffer," Worthington said in a final written statement. "It's really my beloved friends and family that will suffer. May God forgive those who call this justice."

I have news for this narcissistic POS:  Most folks around here do call it justice....and I don't think we need to be forgiven either.

on: August 06, 2014, 06:16:33 AM 9 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

Last words and such...

I'll no longer have to suffer," Worthington said in a final written statement. "It's really my beloved friends and family that will suffer. May God forgive those who call this justice."

His last meal was a cheeseburger, rib-eye steak, onion rings and fries.


Worthington was the 7th inmate execute in Missouri this year and the 77th since executions resumed.
His was the 27th US execution in 2014 and the 1386th since 1976.

The skinny...

Missouri drew "dead" even with Texas for the most murderers executed this year with 7 each.  Like so many before him Worthington rode, among others, the drug secrecy card all the way to SCOTUS...and like all of those before him he's now dead.

on: August 05, 2014, 07:00:48 AM 10 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

And Worthington's ambulance chasers arrive at the 11th hour at SCOUTUS...

No. 14A141 
Title:  Michael S. Worthington, Applicant v. George A. Lombardi, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections, et al.
Docketed: August 1, 2014
Lower Ct: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Case Nos.: (14-2220)

~~~Date~~~  ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Aug 1 2014 Application (14A141) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Alito. 
Aug 1 2014 Response to application from respondent George A. Lombardi, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections, et al. filed. 
Aug 4 2014 Reply of applicant Michael S. Worthington filed. 
No. 14-5544      *** CAPITAL CASE ***   

Title: Michael Shane Worthington, Petitioner v. Troy Steele, Warden
Docketed: July 31, 2014
Linked with 14A135
Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Missouri

Case Nos.: (SC94161)
Decision Date: June 24, 2014

~~~Date~~~  ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jul 31 2014 Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed.
Jul 31 2014 Application (14A135) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Alito. 
Aug 1 2014 Brief of respondent Troy Steele, Warden in opposition filed.

on: August 05, 2014, 06:51:48 AM 11 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

Parents of murdered Lake Saint Louis woman near end of 19-year wait for killer's execution

LAKE SAINT LOUIS • Carol and Jack Angelbeck headed straight to the cemetery from the airport Monday.

They’re back in town because Michael Worthington, the killer of Carol Angelbeck’s daughter, is scheduled to be executed just after midnight Tuesday.

Melissa “Mindy” Griffin, who loved horses, is buried in the Cemetery of Our Lady, not far from the National Equestrian Center in Lake Saint Louis.

“From the time she could talk, she said horse; that’s all she ever wanted,” Carol Angelbeck said.

The Angelbecks raised Clydesdales on their farm in Troy, Mo. Griffin helped take care of the animals and drove them in shows around the country.

She also was a full-time finance student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and worked at two restaurants to support herself. The Angelbecks now live in Ocala, Fla., where they continue to raise draft horses.

Angelbeck said the nearly 19-year wait to carry out the death sentence has been too long. And she is worried about a last-minute stay because of problems with a recent execution in Arizona.

Worthington’s attorney, Kent Gipson of Kansas City, said he is hoping for a stay on those grounds.

In the Arizona case, the state used a two-drug cocktail including a Valium-like drug, midazolam, that is often given to patients before surgery, and an opioid, hydromorphone, which in high doses stops respiration.

Missouri uses a single heavy dose of the sedative pentobarbital.

Angelbeck said the stay request should be rejected because Missouri does not use the same drugs as Arizona. “Besides, this case is cut and dried,” she said.

Worthington pleaded guilty to murdering Griffin, 24, in her Lake Saint Louis condominium on Sept. 30, 1995. He said he had spent the day drinking and using drugs before he broke in.

He strangled Griffin to get her to be quiet and then started raping her. When Griffin regained consciousness and began to fight back, Worthington said he strangled her until she stopped breathing.

“I only listened to a half a minute of it before I asked the judge if I could leave,” Angelbeck said, “but I read the transcripts. He said it matter of fact, like he was reading a book.”

Worthington, who also was 24 at the time of the murder, was captured a few days later in Jennings. He was in Griffin’s car and had some of her jewelry and other belongings.

Worthington entered the plea in front of then-Circuit Court Judge Grace Nichols in the hopes of getting life in prison, but Nichols gave him the death penalty.

His attorneys argued unsuccessfully that mitigating circumstances warranted the lesser penalty. Worthington of Peoria, Ill., had an abusive childhood. His father taught him to steal and take drugs before he was 13. His mother was a crack addict and later turned to prostitution.

Worthington would be the seventh person executed in Missouri this year. The state Supreme Court recently scheduled an execution for Sept. 10 for the killer of a service station attendant in Independence, Mo.

Angelbeck, now 76, said for the first five years after her daughter’s death, she prayed every day for God to let her die.

“I couldn’t live with the pain,” she said. “It was a pain that I don’t even know if it was in my head or my stomach or what. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t do anything.”

Angelbeck waited until Worthington was sentenced before she ordered a marker for her daughter’s grave because she couldn’t bear to see Griffin’s name and date of death in stone.

Over the years, the Angelbecks coped by starting a local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. They established a scholarship fund in their daughter’s name at UMSL and a trophy for Best Lady Driver in her name with a national Clydesdale association.

On Monday, the Angelbecks went to the grave with Griffin’s older sister, Debbie Selecky, and her husband Jim, who live in Chesterfield. Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Mike Force and Assistant Chief Chris DiGiuseppe, arrived a short time later.

Jim Selecky used a shovel to dig a small hole near Griffin’s headstone to bury the ashes of Baron, her Newfoundland. The dog was five months old when Griffin was murdered, and neighbors recalled seeing her walking the puppy around the complex.

Griffin’s black granite tombstone is etched with a picture of her driving a cart pulled by a Clydesdale and a quote from “The Little Prince” about living in the stars.

Angelbeck worried that the drawing was fading, and Griffin’s dress no longer looked red. She placed a single red rose in the ground with a note that read, “My precious Mindy, I miss you so much.”

Afterward, family members sat on a bench the Angelbecks had put in under a tree.

Force said he comes to the grave a couple of times a week, sits on the bench and reflects.

He didn’t know Griffin before her death but became close to the family during the trial and subsequent appeals. The murder was the first in Lake Saint Louis. At the sentencing, Force testified about the impact Griffin’s death had on the residents, especially the women, of the quiet community.

“When I learned Mindy’s background and what she did in life and what she did to help other people, her murder was so senseless,” he said.

Force, along with then-prosecutor Tim Braun, victims advocates and friends of the Angelbecks will be with the Angelbecks at the execution, set for 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

Angelbeck said she was disappointed to learn that the glass in the room where she will view the execution is one way — Worthington won’t be able to see her.

“I wanted him to know that I was there, that even though I wasn’t there to protect my daughter, I was there to see this done,” she said.

Angelbeck said some people have asked her if it would have been easier on her if the judge had sentenced Worthington to life in prison. She said it wouldn’t have been.

“The only way they can guarantee me that Worthington will never rape or kill another human being is to execute him, and that’s why I believe in the death penalty,” she said.

Until the Missouri Supreme Court set Worthington’s execution date, Angelbeck said she didn’t think about him much, but her daughter has remained the first thing on her mind in the morning and the last thing at night.

With the execution looming, she said she has relived everything they went through.

“I’ve asked God many times to be with me and show me the way,” she said. “I know that you’re supposed to be able to forgive them, but I don’t know that I can ever forgive him for taking my daughter’s life like he did.”

Angelbeck is not sure how she’ll feel when it’s over, but she is hoping, finally, for peace.

“I won’t have to think about what he did to her any more,” she said. “I can just remember my Mindy; she’ll always be in my heart.”

on: July 31, 2014, 01:25:32 PM 12 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Michael Shane Worthington - MO - 08/06/2014

Mother of condemned man’s victim reacts to setting of his execution date

By Mike Lear

Carol Angelbeck has been waiting 15 years since her daughter’s killer was sentenced to death. Now she has learned her wait could be over.

24-year-old Mindy Griffin was found dead in her apartment on September 30, 1995, the victim of rape and murder. Her stolen car was found later that day being driven by her neighbor, Michael Shane Worthington. His confession and DNA later tied him to the murder and he was sentenced to death in 1999.

Angelbeck, now 76, was told that the Supreme Court has set August 6 as the date for his execution.

“I just couldn’t believe that it was finally going to come to an end. That I was finally going to not have to deal with this portion of the murder of my daughter,” Angelbeck tells Missourinet. “I didn’t have to deal with the justice system or anything else anymore. All I have to think about is my Mindy and what she would be doing by now.”

Angelbeck now lives in Florida with her husband where they raise horses. She has already started making arrangements for others to care for their property and animals, and to fly to Missouri to be here for Worthington’s execution.

She says it’s not a matter of closure or revenge for her.

“I guess I’ve always felt that if you believe … and I could be wrong … but for me, I feel like if you believe in the death penalty as a punishment for the most heinous of murders, then you should be willing to go through with the whole thing,” says Angelbeck.

She says she doesn’t know how she will feel when the execution is over.

“I’m sure that every emotion runs through your mind,” Angelbeck says. “It’s another human being dying, but yet if you think about your child that’s been murdered … I don’t know … I really don’t know what I’m going to feel until it’s over.”

Angelbeck says she hasn’t known how to feel for more than 18 years.

“We were thrown into the justice system when Mindy was murdered. I can remember the day after day after day living with this. The anger when I found out who did this to Mindy, when they showed me his picture. The anger was so bad in me for probably the first 5 or 10 years. I just couldn’t understand how he could do this to my daughter,” says Angelbeck. “It went from anger to not knowing what to do next, to trying to see that justice was done.”

One thing she does not expect is for Worthington’s death to put an end to any part of her life now. Over the years since Mindy’s death, Angelbeck has worked with and encouraged families of other murder victims as a chapter leader for Parents of Murdered Children.

She says she can’t stop that because there are still people that need help.

“One man in particular … his sister was violently murdered by a man in (the prison in) Potosi and he’s up for execution too, and I talk to him all the time,” says Angelbeck. “There’s about four or five other people, and so we all really kind of support each other.”

One of Angelbeck’s frustrations with the system concerns the length of time it takes to carry out death sentences. She notes the recent decision by the state Supreme Court in Florida that upheld that state’s “Timely Justice Act,” designed to keep condemned inmates from languishing on death row for decades before their sentences are carried out.

Still, she says if she could go back now and choose for Worthington to be sentenced to life in prison, to save herself some of the grief and struggles of the past two decades, she would not change anything.  She says it is the work she has done that has meant Mindy’s death was not in vain.

“For me, I think it was helping others as Parents of Murdered Children’s chapter leader and for fighting to see that justice is done for these victims, that, to me, is what got me through the last 18 years.”

on: July 25, 2014, 08:53:04 AM 13 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014 - Executed

Botched Execution Nothing to Lose Sleep Over

On July 24, 2014, in Muth's Truths, by Chuck Muth

So bleeding heart liberals are in a tizzy over the fact that it took almost two hours for Joseph Rudolph Wood to die after his lethal injection in Arizona on Wednesday.  His attorneys claim their client was “gasping and snorting” for an hour and death penalty opponents will certainly use this incident to complain of cruel and unusual punishment.

You know what I think is cruel and unusual?  What Wood did to land on death row in the first place, that’s what.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections website, Wood “had been involved in a turbulent relationship for 5 years,” including “numerous breakups and several domestic violence incidents” with his ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Debbie Dietz.

Twenty-nine years old.  Her whole life still ahead of her.  Now here’s the rest of the story…

“Debbie was working at a local body shop owned by her family. On August 7, 1989, Wood walked into the shop and shot Gene Dietz, age 55, in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver, killing him.

“Gene Dietz’s 70-year-old brother was present and tried to stop Wood, but Wood pushed him away and proceeded into another section of the body shop.

“Wood went up to Debbie, placed her in some type of hold, and shot her once in the abdomen and once in the chest, killing her. Wood then fled the building.

“Two police officers approached Wood and ordered him to drop his weapon. After Wood placed the weapon on the ground, he reached down and picked it up, and pointed it at the officers. The officers fired, striking Wood several times. Wood was transported to a local hospital where he underwent extensive surgery.”

So this guy beats up his girlfriend multiple times.  She breaks up with him.  He shows up at her place of business without warning.  Kills her unarmed father for no reason.  Kills his unarmed ex for breaking up with him.  Then tries to kill two police officers.

And I’m supposed to feel badly that this murderous piece of human garbage didn’t die a quick and totally painless death?

Wood got to live almost 25 years longer than the two people whose lives he snuffed out.  How are their murders not cruel and unusual punishment for both the victims and their families?

As for death penalty opponents who claim the death penalty is not a deterrent, let me assure you that thanks to the death penalty Joseph Rudolph Wood absolutely, positively, without a doubt, will never, ever murder an innocent person again.  He has been permanently deterred

As for the afterlife, I can only hope that when Wood reaches the Gates of Hades, Saddam Hussein is the greeter, takes a fancy to him, and makes him his boy-toy for eternity.

Rest in pain, Mr. Wood.  Rest in pain.

on: July 23, 2014, 01:06:27 PM 14 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Donald Newbury - TX - 02/04/15

The group included the following Texas state prisoners:

Donald Keith Newbury, execution date set

Larry James Harper death via suicide to avoid capture by law enforcement (it worked  8)  )

George Angel Rivas, Jr. group leader, executed
Michael Anthony Rodriguez, executed (volunteer)

Joseph Christopher Garcia, Randy Ethan Halprin and Patrick Henry Murphy are all under sentence of death.

The wheels of justice often turn slowly even in the great state of Texas.

on: July 22, 2014, 11:42:28 AM 15 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Donald Newbury - Tx - 02/04/15

Execution date set for ‘Texas 7' gang member Donald Newbury

Associated Press

Published: 22 July 2014 11:58 AM

Updated: 22 July 2014 12:30 PM

HOUSTON — One of the infamous “Texas 7” gang of escapees now has an execution date.

State District Judge Rick Magnis has signed an order scheduling 52-year-old condemned inmate Donald Newbury for lethal injection on Feb. 4.

Newbury and six other convicts engineered the biggest prison escape in Texas history when they broke out of a South Texas prison in December 2000. Eleven days later, on Christmas Eve, they killed Irving officer Aubrey Hawkins while robbing a sporting goods store in the Dallas suburb.

When the gang was captured in Colorado a month later, one member committed suicide as police closed in. The six others all received death sentences for Hawkins’ slaying. Two of them have been executed.

At the time of the escape, Newbury was serving 99 years for aggravated robbery.

Time to get Donny Boy back out front.  8)
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