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on: June 29, 2015, 08:03:12 AM 1 General Death Penalty / Oklahoma Death Penalty News / Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News

Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process


WASHINGTON  |  By Lawrence Hurley

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty.

The court, in a 5-4 decision with its conservative justices in the majority, handed a loss to three inmates who objected to the use of a sedative called midazolam, saying it cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote on behalf of the court that the inmates had, among other things, failed to show that there was an alternative method of execution available that would be less painful.

In a dissenting opinion, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer said the court should consider whether the death penalty itself is constitutional. He was joined by one of his colleagues, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The three-drug process used by Oklahoma prison officials has been under scrutiny since the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. He could be seen twisting on the gurney after death chamber staff failed to place the intravenous line properly.

Inmates Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole challenged the procedure. Glossip arranged for his employer to be beaten to death. Grant stabbed a correctional worker to death. Cole killed his 9-month-old daughter.

The main question before the nine justices was whether the use of midazolam violates the Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

"I believe it highly likely that the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment," Breyer wrote.
 
Justice Antonin Scalia responded to Breyer in a separate concurring opinion. Scalia said Breyer's arguments were full of "internal contradictions" and were "gobbledy-gook."

The case did not address the constitutionality of the death penalty in general, but it brought fresh attention to the ongoing debate over whether the death penalty should continue in the United States at a time when most developed countries have abandoned it. During the oral argument in April, conservative Justice Samuel Alito said the challenge to the drug was part of a “guerrilla war” against the death penalty.

www.reuters.com

This puts Florida back in the game as well...prepare to get lit up boys!  8)

on: June 19, 2015, 07:03:26 AM 2 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Gregory Russeau - TX - 6/18/15 - Executed

Last words and such...

In a final statement, Russeau said he was at peace, saying, I would like to thank my family and friends for what y'all have done for me. Thank you for being here with me that I do not have to transition alone. I have peace. To my daughter, I love you, to my grandbabies, sisters and brothers, I love you. I am ready to go home.”

For his final meal he ate a pork chop, mac n' cheese, green beans, mixed vegetables, black-eyed peas and cornbread with punch to drink.

Factoids...

Russeau was the 9th condemned murderer executed in Texas this year and the 527th since executions resumed.
His was the 17th 2015 US execution and the 1411th since 1976.

The skinny...

Russeau won a new sentencing hearing in 2006 but a 2nd jury voted he should get death as well.  He filed no 11th hour appeals and Texas gave him the hot shot right on schedule.

on: June 18, 2015, 08:00:23 AM 3 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Gregory Russeau - TX - 6/18/15

Texas Set to Execute Gregory Russeau, Ninth Lethal Injection of Year


by Tracy Connor

Executions are on hold in many parts of the country, but Texas is on track to carry out even more lethal injections than it did last year.  8)

The state is set to put to death its ninth inmate this year with Thursday's scheduled execution of Gregory Russeau, who was convicted in the 2001 beating death of car-repair shop owner James Syvertson.

Four more Texas death-row prisoners are scheduled to be killed before the end of 2015. With the exception of a Missouri execution in July, all of the other dates with death on the calendar are in the Lone Star State.

Russeau, 45, was found guilty of bludgeoning the 75-year-old businessman while on a crack binge and stealing a car. The parolee was arrested behind the wheel hours after Syvertson's wife and daughter and two young relatives found his body.

"It totally devastated the family, tore everyone apart," said Syvertson's daughter, Jeanette Deason. "He was always smiling, always trying to help people. He wasn't perfect but he was loved."

Still, Deason said she has "mixed emotions" about the execution and did not plan to attend.

"I don't care to see that," she said. "They drug it on forever — it's ridiculous. But I'm not jumping up and down that he's gonna die."

At trial, Russeau claimed that he wasn't the one who killed Syverston and that police planted one of his hairs at the crime scene. In his appeals, he argued that his lawyers did a shoddy job of representing him.

Unless any last-minute appeals are successful, Russeau will be put to death sometime after 6 p.m. Central with a toxic dose of pentobarbital.

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Gregory Russeau. Texas prison officials say they've obtained a new supply of drugs that will allow them to carry out the two executions currently scheduled. Russeau is set to die June 15, 2015. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP) Texas Department of Criminal Justice / AP

While other states have scrambled to find execution drugs, Texas says it has enough to carry out all the executions scheduled for this year.

www.nbcnews.com

on: June 11, 2015, 08:20:24 AM 4 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Gregory Russeau - TX - 6/18/15

Texas Execution Slated for June 18


By Chase Hoffberger

On Thursday, June 18, the state of Texas plans to execute Gregory Russeau, a 45-year-old Tyler man, convicted in Oct. 2002 of killing 75-year-old James Syvertson in his auto shop's garage on May 30, 2001.

Russeau was found guilty of capital murder after jurors deliberated for less than an hour. He argued, after his conviction, that he was found guilty because his attorney Clifton Roberson fumbled his handling of witnesses and failed to argue that law enforcement planted evidence.

The trial court held an evidentiary hearing on Dec. 2, 2004, during which Roberson and his co-counsel Brandon Baade testified to the competence of their representation of Russeau.

Six months later, in June 2005, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued an opinion that upheld Russeau's conviction but remanded the case back to trial for a new sentencing.

Russeau's second punishment-determination hearing was held in 2007 and resulted in the same findings and sentence as his first.

He was denied a 2009 petition for relief, a Feb. 2012 federal petition was denied, as was an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals in March 2014. Appeals for relief from the U.S. Supreme Court were denied in October.

Russeau will be the ninth Texan executed this year and the 527th since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

www.austinchronicle.com

on: June 11, 2015, 07:15:48 AM 5 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: David Zink - MO - 7/14/15

Chilling videotaped confession of a killer on death row


Posted 9:24 pm, June 10, 2015, by Jeff Bernthal   
 
STRAFFORD, MO (KTVI) – Missouri death row inmate, David Zink is scheduled to die in July. His victim was from Strafford, Missouri, near Springfield.

In an exclusive look at the killer`s videotaped confession. David Zink recounts he was drinking and driving, on parole and didn`t want to go back to prison.
At trial, Zink tried unsuccessfully to win a voluntary manslaughter verdict by claiming that he didn’t deliberate before killing Morton.

That`s why David Zink says he killed 19-year-old Amanda Morton.
At trial,Zink tried unsuccessfully to win a voluntary manslaughter verdict by claiming that he didn’t deliberate before killing Morton.

He gave investigators a videotaped confession shortly after the murder.  Zink says he feared going back to prison; he was on parole when he bumped into Amanda Morton’s car on interstate 44.
At trial, Zink tried unsuccessfully to win a voluntary manslaughter verdict by claiming that he didn’t deliberate before killing Morton.

He kidnapped her, raped her, and took her to a cemetery where he tied her to a tree and broke her neck and then cut her spinal cord.
At trial, Zink tried unsuccessfully to win a voluntary manslaughter verdict by claiming that he didn’t deliberate before killing Morton.

Before Amanda Morton died, Zink said her last word was momma.

Zink is scheduled to be executed July 14th.

www.fox2now.com

I will raise my glass when this subhuman glob of waste gets flushed.

on: June 10, 2015, 06:56:42 AM 6 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Richard Strong - MO - 6/9/15 - Executed

Last words and such...

Strong's final statement was, “Jehovah-jireh, you’re my provider. Your grace is sufficient for me. Forgive me for my sin. Abba-Abba, take my soul in your hands.”

His lastl meal was a cheeseburger, fried chicken and doughnuts.

Factoids...

Strong was the 4th condemned murderer executed in Missouri this year and the 84th since executions resumed.
His was the 16th 2015 US execution and the 1410th since 1976.

The skinny...


Strong filed 3 last hour appeals including the oft tried LI is cruel and unusual punishment.  It didn't work in the 15 previous MO executions and failed to do so again...lights out.


on: June 05, 2015, 07:15:05 AM 7 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Clifton Lamar Williams - TX - 7/16/15

Tyler Man’s Execution Set for July


Posted/updated on: June 5, 2015 at 7:56 am

TYLER — A Tyler man’s execution for the 2005 murder of an elderly women has been scheduled.
 
According to KETK, Judge Christi Kennedy’s office says Clifton Lamar Williams, 31, will be put to death by lethal injection July 16 in Huntsville.

The then 23-year-old Williams was convicted of strangling, beating, and stabbing 93-year-old Cecelia Schneider to death on July 9, 2005, at her Tyler home. He then set her body and bed on fire and took her purse and car.

During the investigation, Williams’s DNA and fingerprints were found in Schneider’s car, and he led detectives to the scene where he disposed of the murder weapon and her purse. Williams was convicted of the murder on October 27, 2006.

Eight inmates have been executed so far in 2015.
 
www.news4etx.com

Out the door in 10 years...quick even by Texas' standards.  8)

on: June 04, 2015, 07:45:13 AM 8 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Lester Bower, Jr. - TX - 6/3/2015 - Executed

Last words and such...

Bower's last words were "Much has been written about this case. Not all of it the truth. But the time is over and now it is time to move on. I want to thank my attorneys for all that they have done. They have afforded me the last quarter of a century. I would like to thank my wife, daughters, family and friends for unwavering support. And all of the letters and well wishes over the years. Now it is time to pass on. I have fought the good fight. I held the faith. I am not going to say goodbye, I will simply say until meet again. I love you very, very much. Thank you Warden."

For his last meal he ate baked chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed vegetables, black eyed peas, cornbread and oatmeal bars all washed down with tea.

Factoids...

Bower was the 8th condemned murderer executed in Texas this year and the 526th since executions resumed.
His was the 15th 2015 US execution and the 1409th since 1976.

The skinny...

Bower spent 31 years on death row and survived 6 stays of execution until the 7th stuck...lights out.

on: May 14, 2015, 01:41:43 PM 9 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Re: R'UH RO RAGGY!!!!

And another in the category of too stupid to live...



Mississippi Subway employee fired after celebrating Hattiesburg police deaths on Facebook



Published May 12, 2015 Associated Press

LAUREL, Miss. –  A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that showed her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg.

Multiple news outlets report Sierra McCurdy, who worked at a Subway in Laurel, wrote "GOT EM" in reference to the Hattiesburg officers on a post accompanied by emojis of a handgun over a photo of herself in a Subway uniform. The post apparently referred to the fatal shootings of 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate on Saturday. Four people were arrested for the crime and one faces capital murder charges.

McCurdy's posts created a firestorm on Twitter and many urged Subway to fire her.

Subway responded with a tweet saying the franchise had fired McCurdy and her behavior does not represent company values.

www.foxnews.com

on: May 13, 2015, 06:04:03 AM 10 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Derrick Dewayne Charles - TX - 5/12/15 - Executed

Last words and such...

His last statement was, "I'm ready to go home."

For his last meal Derrick Charles ate baked chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, carrots, black eyed peas and bread with tea to drink.

Factoids... 

Charles was the 7th condemned murderer executed by Texas this year and the 525th since executions resumed.
His was the 14th 2015 US execution and the 1408th since 1976.

The skinny...

Unlike the two previous Texas executions that had no last minute appeals, Charles rode a litany of petitions through the courts.  Among others, his claims of mental retardation and ineffectiveness of counsel fell on deaf ears...lights out.

on: May 12, 2015, 05:29:31 PM 11 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Derrick Dewayne Charles - TX - 5/12/15

Texas Executes Derrick Charles, Triple Killer Who Claimed Incompetence

BY TRACY CONNOR

A Texas man who killed his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather was executed Tuesday evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule that he was mentally incompetent.

Derrick Charles was the seventh person put to death in Texas this year, at a time when lethal injections are on hold in several states around the nation.

His last statement was, "I'm ready to go home," and Charles was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CT, according to officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Charles, 32, confessed and pleaded guilty to the 2002 triple slaying, telling police how he struggled to strangle teenager Myeshia Bennett and told her, "I guess you don't want to die" — then bashed her in the face with a stereo speaker and dropped a TV on her head. He also admitted sexually abusing Bennett's mother as she was dying.

In petitions filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, Charles' lawyers argued that he suffered from mental illness that dates to childhood and should have been exempt from execution. They said that Texas courts did not provide him with an attorney or other services that would have helped him raise an incompetency claim.

In response, Texas said there was no evidence that Charles suffered from severe mental illness or that he did not understand why he was being executed.

www.nbcnews.com

on: April 20, 2015, 01:07:04 PM 12 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Richard Vasquez - TX - 4/23/15

Media Advisory: Richard Vasquez scheduled for execution


AUSTIN – Pursuant to an order of the 148th Judicial District Court of Nueces County, Texas, Richard Vasquez is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on April 23, 2015.

In June 1999, a Nueces County jury found Vasquez guilty of capital murder for the March 5, 1998, killing of Miranda Lopez, a child under the age of six.

FACTS OF THE CASE

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas described the murder of Miranda Lopez as follows:

During the guilt/innocence stage, the evidence showed that at the time of the offense, Vasquez, who was eighteen years old, was living with his parents; his girlfriend, Brenda Lopez; their four-month-old child, Meagan; and Brenda’s four-year-old child, Miranda. Vasquez had a serious addiction to heroin and cocaine which had begun when he was thirteen. Although his parents made numerous efforts to help him with his drug problem, Vasquez remained clean only for a short period of time and invariably reverted to his drug use.

By March 1998, Vasquez and Brenda had become so addicted to drugs that, according to Vasquez, they stopped caring about themselves, the children, or anything else except drugs. They would leave the children anywhere so that they could go out and steal things to sell in order to buy more drugs. Vasquez would become infuriated when the drugs ran out and he did not have any more money to feed his habit.

According to Vasquez, he and Brenda argued throughout the night of March 4th, during which time he injected himself with heroin and cocaine before falling asleep in the early morning hours of March 5th. Vasquez injected himself with heroin again at 10:30 a.m. before taking Brenda to work between 11 a.m. and noon. Vasquez drove Brenda to work while the children sat in the back seat of the car. On the way, Vasquez got angry with Brenda because he had to watch the children and would not be able to go steal more things to sell for drugs.

After Vasquez and the children returned home, sometime during the late morning, Vasquez’s neighbor saw a child Miranda’s age playing in the backyard. After about 10–15 minutes, she heard a loud, angry voice coming from Vasquez’s door. She saw Vasquez standing there and heard him say to the girl in Spanish, “You’re going to get it, stupid.” Vasquez denied that this incident ever occurred.

According to Vasquez’s testimony at trial, after he dropped Brenda off, he and the children returned home and Vasquez needed a fix. He called Brenda to ask her where the heroin was and Brenda would not tell him. This angered Vasquez and although Vasquez acknowledged that Miranda was not doing anything wrong, he struck her in the head. He could not say how many times he hit her. He then called Brenda again who told him where the drugs were and he injected another round of heroin. He told Miranda to go get a stool from his parents’ room and brush her teeth. When Miranda came back with the stool, Vasquez claimed that Miranda fell down. He put toothpaste on her toothbrush and left the room. When he came back, Miranda was face down in the sink. He repeatedly tried to make her stand, but she kept falling down. He then put her on his parents’ bed and called “911” around 1:30 p.m., telling the dispatcher that Miranda was choking.

When the deputy constable and the emergency medical technicians arrived at the house, Vasquez said that Miranda had fallen off a wooden stool and hit her head. No wooden stool was in the area, although one was later found next to the bed where Vasquez placed Miranda. Miranda had blood on her nose and mouth which Vasquez claimed was a result of Miranda biting him when he put his fingers in her mouth to prevent her from swallowing her tongue. The paramedics also noted that Miranda had a bump on the back of her head, noticeable bruises of various stages on her back, and bruising around her eyes which indicated a possible head injury. Miranda was taken to the hospital. In the meantime, Vasquez called Brenda and told her that Miranda had fallen off a stool and hit her head. He picked up Brenda at work and they headed to the hospital – both injecting heroin on the way.

It was determined by Dr. Michael Burke, a pediatric neurosurgeon who performed brain surgery on Miranda, that Miranda suffered from trauma to the head. He testified that her brain injuries were equivalent to those she would have sustained had she been ejected from a car traveling 65 m.p.h. Burke’s final diagnosis was that Miranda suffered severe brain injury from child abuse. Leann Box, a sexual assault nurse, examined Miranda at 7 p.m. and noted that she had extensive bruising on her head, face, chest, hips, pelvic region, genitalia area, ankle, thigh, shoulder, back, and arms. Some of these bruises were formed from injuries made within the previous twelve to twenty-four hours. The bruising on Miranda’s hips were consistent with injuries that could be caused from being held from behind while being sexually assaulted.

Box also performed a detailed genital exam. Miranda had multiple abrasions and tears in her genital-anal region. Many of the tears were the result of injuries that had occurred no more than twelve hours earlier. Miranda had a two-centimeter tear […] that was approximately one-half-centimeter deep (just short of muscle tissue). In over 200 sexual assault examinations, Box had never seen a tear this thick. This type of tear would be caused from a great deal of force and would have likely bled a great deal. Box testified that the tear was not bloody when she examined Miranda which led her to believe that it had been cleaned. Although extremely painful, rubbing alcohol and pressure could have stopped the bleeding.

Vasquez was arrested and crime scene technicians photographed him, noting the bruising on his hand, fresh cuts to his thumb and finger, and needle marks on his arms. At Vasquez’s home officers and the crime scene technicians found blood on the wall and shower curtain in the bathroom where Miranda allegedly fell. There was a bottle of rubbing alcohol on a night stand and the bed next to it was damp. A child’s blood stained t-shirt and coveralls were found in a clothes hamper, which Vasquez’s father said he put there after finding them in the house. After searching the garage, the crime scene personnel found two syringes, the cap to a tube of toothpaste, a hair brush, a long black hair, toilet paper with blood on it, and tissue paper that appeared to be saturated with rubbing alcohol inside of a garbage can in a plastic bag. Vasquez’s father testified that he had taken the trash out of the bathroom and put it in the garbage can.

A pediatrician who helped establish a clinic for examining sexual assault victims testified as an expert witness. He summarized his findings by stating in his twenty years of practice, “This is really one of the most severe sexual assaults I have seen in my career.” Additionally, the Nueces County Medical Examiner testified that an analysis of Miranda’s blood indicated a potentially lethal amount of cocaine in her system. It was double the lethal amount for an adult. The doctor could not determine how the cocaine got into Miranda’s body.

Vasquez could not explain the bruising, genital-anal injuries, or the cocaine. He denied sexually assaulting Miranda or giving her drugs. But Vasquez did admit that he was the only adult in the house that morning and that he had struck Miranda in the head.

PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY

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 with 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 Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas described the punishment evidence as follows:

[D]uring the punishment phase, the State put on evidence that Vasquez had been verbally abusive and a discipline problem in school. Although the principal spoke with Vasquez’s parents, the situation did not change. In another incident, Vasquez set a fire in an area of the school that had only one entrance and no windows. Additionally, Vasquez had been convicted of theft and burglary of a motor vehicle and had two theft cases pending at the time of trial. Vasquez’s former probation officer testified that Vasquez failed to report, failed to comply with other conditions of his probation, and generally had a very poor attitude concerning his probation. Vasquez also consistently denied that he had a drug problem.

Rita Hunter, Miranda’s pre-school teacher, also testified at punishment that one time when Vasquez came early to pick up Miranda, he closed the classroom door and prevented Miranda from exiting. When Hunter managed to open the door, Vasquez put his hand on her shoulder and began rubbing it down her back. When Hunter told Vasquez to get away, Vasquez began following Hunter around the room in front of her young students, laughing and putting his hands all over her body, including on her chest and between her legs. Eventually he pushed Hunter to the ground and straddled her. Only when a janitor happened to walk by did Vasquez get off of Hunter and leave with Miranda.

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

On March 26, 1998, Vasquez was indicted in Nueces County, Texas for the capital murder of Miranda Lopez. Vasquez was found guilty of capital murder on June 18, 1999, by a Nueces County jury and, after a separate punishment hearing, Vasquez was sentenced to death on June 22, 1999.

On Oct. 3, 2001, Vasquez’s capital murder conviction was affirmed by the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas on direct appeal.

Vasquez filed his first state habeas application on June 27, 2001, which the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas denied on Jan. 26, 2005.

Vasquez filed his second state habeas application on March 27, 2003, which the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas dismissed as a subsequent application on Jan. 26, 2005.

On Jan. 26, 2006, Vasquez filed a federal habeas petition in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division. Relief was denied on March 28, 2008.

On Aug. 11, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the denial of federal habeas relief.

On May 16, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Vasquez’s petition for writ of certiorari from the Fifth Circuit’s decision.

On Aug. 28, 2014, the 148th Judicial District Court of Nueces County, Texas, set Vasquez’s execution for Jan. 15, 2015.

On Dec. 30, 2014, the 148th Judicial District Court of Nueces County, Texas, re-set Vasquez’s execution for April 23, 2015.

www.texasattorneygeneral.gov

on: April 17, 2015, 12:02:02 PM 13 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Robert Lynn Pruett - TX - 5/21/14

What a charming family!!!!!

It's tough to beat the Texas Mays family...Randall is under sentence of death and he had three brothers, one was executed by the state of TX, one was shot dead by police while committing a crime and one overdosed.

on: April 15, 2015, 02:22:35 PM 14 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Manuel Garza - TX - 4/15/15

Cop killer: 'I made my peace with God'


Posted TODAY, 1:15 PM

By Paul Venema

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - San Antonio police officer John Anthony “Rocky” Riojas was shot and killed in February 2001 while trying to arrest Manuel Garza, 20, following a foot chase. Riojas had approached Garza and asked for identification and Garza ran.

“I ran, that’s where I messed up,” Garza said during an interview from Death Row with KSAT 12 News reporter Paul Venema just two weeks before Garza's scheduled execution.

Garza told how the two struggled as Riojas tried to arrest him.

“He pulled his weapon and in the struggle, he’s trying to get it back and I’m trying to keep it away, and it fired,” Garza said.

Garza was convicted in October 2002 of capital murder and sentenced to death. He is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night.

Garza said he feels no remorse calling the shooting “an accident.”

“To have remorse you have to kill somebody, and I don’t think I did that,” he said.  “I think you have to have the intent and want to kill somebody to have remorse.”

SAPD Sgt. Javier Salazar, who worked with Riojas, said that Garza did not kill “just somebody.”  Salazar said he killed a man whom Salazar called “a cop’s cop.”

“Rocky was just all out when it came to being a cop and fighting crime,” Salazar said.  “He was what I would call a silent professional.”

Garza said although he still feels that Riojas' death was an accident, he has accepted his fate.

“I try not to ponder it too much,” he said.  “I made my peace with God many years ago.”

www.ksat12.com

I guess a bigger question would be has God made his peace with Garza...he will find out soon.

on: April 15, 2015, 11:55:38 AM 15 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Re: Admin Time2prtee...Lee

Welcome back TIME...and thank you for all the housekeeping on the threads!

Best,

GGR
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