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on: October 29, 2014, 11:10:12 AM 1 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Mark A. Christeson - MO - 10/29/14

Please excuse my ignorance but what does this actually mean?

It means that three dogooder ambulance chasers stepped in with a last minute appeal.  The court had to determine if Christeson had authorized them to act on his behalf.  Since it would save his sorry ass from a hot shot he gladly approved.

Not to worry though...this scumbag will go back to his cage for another year and then get snuffed in due time.  8)

on: October 29, 2014, 08:04:42 AM 2 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Miguel Paredes - TX - 10/28/2014 - Executed

Last words and such...

Paredes smiled and mouthed several kisses to four friends watching through a window and repeatedly told them he loved them. He told everyone gathered that he hoped his victims' family members would "let go of all of the hate because of all my actions."
"I came in as a lion and I come as peaceful as a lamb," Paredes said. "I'm at peace. I hope society sees who else they are hurting with this."

He ate a last meal of chicken & rice, corn, sweet peas, pinto beans, cornbread, and coffee cake.

Factoids...

Paredes was the 10th inmate executed in Texas this year and the 518th since 1976.
His was the 31st US execution in 2014 and the 1390th since executions resumed.

The skinny...

With the stay in Missouri, Texas once again led the league in executions...which they have done every year since 1990.

on: October 27, 2014, 07:09:15 AM 3 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: John Marion Grant - OK - 2/9/15

The court reset Glossip's execution date for Jan. 29. Charles Warner's execution was set for Jan. 15, and John Marion Grant's execution was moved to Feb. 9.

on: October 24, 2014, 11:46:28 AM 4 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Miguel Paredes - TX - 10/28/2014

And the TCCA gives Paredes the stiff middle finger...

IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TEXAS NOS. WR-61,939-01 and WR-61,939-02

EX PARTE MIGUEL ANGEL PAREDES ON APPLICATION FOR POST-CONVICTION WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND MOTION TO STAY THE EXECUTION IN CAUSE NO. 2000CR6067B IN THE 399 CRIMINAL TH DISTRICT COURT BEXAR COUNTY

O R D E R
This is a subsequent application for a writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to the provisions of Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 11.071 § 5 and a motion to stay the execution.

In October 2001, a jury found applicant guilty of the offense of capital murder.  The jury answered the special issues submitted pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 37.071, and the trial court, accordingly, set applicant’s punishment at
death. This Court affirmed applicant’s conviction and sentence on direct appeal.

Paredes v. State, 129 S.W.3d 530 (Tex. Crim. App. 2004). Applicant filed his initial postconviction application for a writ of habeas corpus in the convicting court on November 6, 2003. This Court denied applicant relief. Ex parte Paredes, No. WR-61,939-01 (Tex.
Crim. App. Aug. 31, 2005)(not designated for publication). Applicant filed this his first subsequent application in the trial court on October 21, 2014.

In this application, applicant claims that newly discovered evidence shows that he is actually innocent of the crime for which he has been convicted. Specifically, applicant claims that this new evidence shows that he was acting in self-defense when he and his
companions killed the three victims. We have reviewed the application and find that applicant has failed to present a prima facie case of actual innocence. Thus, he has failed to satisfy the requirements of Article 11.071 § 5. Accordingly, the application is
dismissed as an abuse of the writ without reviewing the merits of the claim.

Applicant’s motion to stay the execution is denied.

www.search.txcourts.gov

Paredes' ambulance chasers have now run off to the 5th Circuit.

on: October 21, 2014, 12:13:35 PM 5 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / The Big Three...

...of Texas (9), Missouri (8) and Florida (7) have carried out 24 of the 30 executions in the US this year.

Missouri is on pace to snuff 10 in 2014 which would tie them with Texas which has led the league every year since 1990.  8)
Texas has responded by already scheduling 8 in 2015.  :P

on: October 09, 2014, 06:56:58 AM 6 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Larry Hatten - TX - 10/15/14

Hatten ends appeals


By Chase Hoffberger, 8:00AM, Thu. Oct. 9

Eighteen years of appeals are ended. In April, nearly two decades after being sentenced to death by the state of Texas, now-40-year-old Larry Hatten told his attorneys and a Corpus Christi court that he didn’t want to waste any more time with what he considered inevitable.

Hatten, a onetime drug dealer around the bayside city, was arrested Sept. 19, 1995, for the killing of Isaac Jackson. Angry over a rival dealer lighting his stepbrother’s BMW and Jaguar on fire, Hatten broke into the home of his friend Isaac Robinson – whom he believed had betrayed him – kicked open a bedroom door, and proceeded to fire six rounds from a .357 handgun into the bed, intending to shoot Robinson.

However, it was Robinson’s girlfriend Tabatha Thompson and their 5-year-old son Isaac Jackson who were in the bed. Thomp­son was struck four times but survived the shooting. Jackson, hit by a single bullet, didn’t. Hatten left the apartment and returned to the scene of the burning vehicles, where police, already on the lookout for his car, recognized and arrested him.

Hatten was charged with capital murder on Sept. 15, 1995, and sentenced to death in February 1996. Since, he’s filed a number of appeals – claiming unfair bias and insufficient counsel – but has been unsuccessful, save for a brief withdrawal of his name from the execution calendar last October after Houston attorney Kenneth McGuire, who represents Hatten, argued that his client (then set to die on Oct. 16) had suffered from mental illness for upwards of a decade and was not competent to be executed.

McGuire’s efforts were derailed in April when Hatten filed a motion to replace him and fellow attorney Joseph Barroso, alleging negligence and mental abuse from their neglect of duty. He eventually withdrew the motion, but only after testifying before Corpus Christi Judge Missy Medary that he was indeed mentally stable enough to make such a decision. Medary ordered one more evaluation to take place April 13. After being declared mentally competent, Hatten was given a final execution date: Wednes­day, Oct. 15. He’ll be the 10th inmate executed this year, and 518th since the reinstatement of Texas’ death penalty in 1976.

www.austinchronicle.com

on: October 03, 2014, 06:47:37 AM 7 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Manuel Vasquez - TX - 3/11/15

Manny is back out front...new date March 11, 2015.

www.tdcj.state.tx.us

on: September 23, 2014, 08:36:00 AM 8 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Billy Ray Irick - TN - 10/7/14


Death row inmates contest Tennessee electric chair law


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Ten death row inmates already challenging Tennessee's lethal injection protocol were permitted by a judge Thursday to amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair.

The General Assembly passed a law earlier this year allowing prisoners to be electrocuted if Tennessee Department of Correction officials were unable to obtain the drug used for lethal injection.

Before that, prisoners could not be forced to die by the electric chair, although they were allowed to choose that method under some circumstances.

The death row plaintiffs say the new law violates the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions.

Among other things, they say it violates evolving standards of decency. (That's a hot one coming from a bunch of convicted murderers.)

They also say that the law is too vague. And they question whether the state's electric chair actually operates as it is supposed to.

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled on Wednesday that the inmates could amend their lawsuit to include the new claims. The original lawsuit challenged the state's new lethal injection protocol, adopted in September 2013. It switched execution from the use of three drugs to just one, pentobarbital.

The switch was a response to legal challenges over the effectiveness of the three-drug mixture and a nationwide shortage of one of the drugs, sodium thiopental. Those issues have effectively prevented any executions in Tennessee for nearly five years.

Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 7 for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old Knoxville girl he was baby-sitting. Asked whether the state has enough pentobarbital to execute Irick as scheduled, Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor said in an email, "We are confident that we will have the necessary chemicals when needed."

Irick is asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to postpone his execution date pending the outcome of the Chancery Court lawsuit.

www.thetennessean.com

on: September 23, 2014, 07:29:14 AM 9 General Death Penalty / Oklahoma Death Penalty News / Re: Oklahoma Death Penalty News

Oklahoma lawmaker proposes nitrogen gas for executions


By Heide Brandes
 
(Reuters) - An Oklahoma lawmaker has proposed nitrogen gas as a possible alternative for executing condemned prisoners after an execution in April raised concerns about lethal injection.

State Representative Mike Christian, a Republican, on Tuesday called for a state House committee to study the use of "nitrogen hypoxia" for executions, saying it would be painless for inmates and affordable for Oklahoma.

The process, which would require an inmate to be in a sealed chamber or wear a special mask, would slowly replace oxygen with nitrogen.

"We are a conservative state, and as long as our constituents support capital punishment, we must find a way to carry out executions painlessly and humanely," Christian told Reuters.

Christian said he began researching alternatives to lethal injection after the April execution of Clayton Lockett, in which drugs leaked into his tissue after an IV insertion failed.

Christian initially proposed a firing squad as an alternate method of execution, but said nitrogen asphyxiation would be painless and easier to carry out.

He said a 2008 BBC Horizon documentary about execution helped solidify his opinion about nitrogen gas. In the documentary, former British member of parliament Michael Portillo says that nitrogen could cause death in about 15 seconds, and the prisoner would not feel pain, but a euphoria similar to drunkenness.

Because no IVs or special drug cocktails would be used, Christian said the method is close to foolproof.

Oklahoma's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union opposes the method.  ;D

"Oklahomans tend to question their government over everything except for executions," said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. "Inherently, all executions are flawed. There will always be mistakes."

Following the study, Christian said he plans to file a bill introducing the use of nitrogen gas as an execution method in next year's legislative session.

www.reuters.com

A lot of good folks around here have been pushing this for years.  8)

on: September 09, 2014, 08:41:50 AM 10 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.

FACTS OF THE CRIME

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.

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

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.

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 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.

www.texasattorneygeneral.gov

The 5th Circuit denied Trottie yesterday...I would bet his ambulance chasers have gone to SCOTUS
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on: September 09, 2014, 08:34:18 AM 11 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

By JIM SALTER and MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

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."

www.abcnews.com

on: September 08, 2014, 07:59:13 AM 12 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.

www.cleveland.com

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 13 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 14 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 15 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.

www.abc17news.com
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