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on: July 30, 2015, 06:59:12 AM 1 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Richard Gerald Jordan - MS - 8/27/15

First off, my mistake on the name, it is Richard Gerald Jordan.

MS News Now WLDT reported the X had been set for 8/27/15.  However they were the only source confirming that date...perhaps they jumped the gun.  Others were all reporting that AG Hood had requested the execution be set by August 27.

on: July 15, 2015, 02:03:13 PM 2 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Clifton Lamar Williams - TX - 7/16/15

Texas inmate set to die Thursday for killing elderly woman


By MICHAEL GRACZYK
 
Jul. 15, 2015 2:45 PM EDT
 
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — When firefighters responded to a call about smoke coming from a home in East Texas, they found the burned body of a 93-year-old woman who lived there alone.

Investigators later determined that Cecelia Schneider was beaten and stabbed before her body, and the bed where she was found, was set on fire at her home in Tyler. Her missing car was found later that day, wrecked and abandoned.

Clifton Lamar Williams, a 21-year-old former fast food restaurant worker and cocaine user, was arrested about a week later after investigators found his fingerprint and blood inside the car. He had been dating a woman who lived a few doors away from Schneider's home.

Williams was later convicted of capital murder — and his death sentence is scheduled to be carried out Thursday in Huntsville.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case in April, and no other court appeals are pending.

"There is nothing else that can be filed," Williams' appeals lawyer, James Volberding, said Tuesday.

If the sentence is carried out, Williams, 31, will be the 10th inmate to receive lethal injection this year in Texas, equaling the number of prisoners put to death all of last year in the nation's most active capital punishment state.

Volberding unsuccessfully argued in appeals that Williams' legal help at his 2006 trial in Tyler was deficient. He also said Williams, who dropped out of school in the 12th grade, was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

At Williams' trial, defense attorneys told Smith County jurors that Williams became known on the streets as "Crazy C" after a stint in a mental health rehabilitation center.

Prosecutors said Williams broke into Schneider's home to get money to buy cocaine. According to trial testimony, Williams told a psychiatrist he began smoking marijuana at age 15, started lacing it with embalming fluid, then moved on to cocaine by the time he was 17.

Investigators said Williams led police to a pond where Schneider's purse that had contained about $40 was found, along with a knife from her kitchen that investigators believe was used to stab her.

During trial, a pathologist testified that Schneider was stabbed four times on July 9, 2005, including in her heart and lungs, and was beaten and may have been strangled.

Williams told police another man was responsible for the slaying and forced him to drive Schneider's car. His attorneys said the man, who denied any involvement in the slaying, wore gloves and therefore didn't leave fingerprints. Williams told a relative he cut his hand in a fight.

After Williams was convicted, defense lawyers said during the trial's punishment phase that Williams had been raised by a mentally disturbed mother who died when he was about 12. Court documents showed she was not abusive and practiced voodoo.

Williams is among at least eight Texas prisoners with execution dates in the coming months.  Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials say they have enough pentobarbital, a powerful sedative, to accommodate all scheduled punishments.  8)

They have refused to identify the drug provider.

www.bigstory.ap.org

on: July 07, 2015, 06:40:32 AM 3 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Christopher Wilkins - TX - 10/28/15

Judge sets execution date for Fort Worth killer of three


By Mitch Mitchell

FORT WORTH  — A Tarrant County judge on Monday set an October execution date for a Fort Worth man who killed three men in two days in 2005.

State District Judge David C. Hagerman ruled that Christopher Wilkins, 46, of Fort Worth will be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Oct. 28.
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Wilkins took the witness stand in March 2008 and admitted to a string of crimes that included the killings, then told the jury that he didn’t care whether he lived or died. But now, as he lives on Death Row, Wilkins may be having second thoughts, said his attorney, Hilary Sheard.

“It would not be the only case that I’ve come across where someone has changed their mind,” Sheard said outside the courtroom Monday.

Sheard argued that the court should not schedule Wilkins’ execution so she would have more time to file appeals, and she said his previous appeals attorney had not adequately investigated his case.

Hagerman denied all of Wilkins’ claims, saying the same arguments had been made to appeals judges and had been rejected.

During his 2008 trial, a jury of five women and seven men deliberated for about 90 minutes before deciding that Wilkins should die for his crimes. Several jurors cried as state District Judge Everett Young announced their verdict.

The jury convicted Wilkins of capital murder for fatally shooting Willie Freeman and Mike Silva on Oct. 27, 2005. A day earlier, according to prosecutors and Wilkins, he killed Gilbert Vallejo outside a south Fort Worth bar during a dispute about the pay phone.

In 2005, Wilkins said, he was released from a California federal prison to a halfway house in Beaumont, where his family lived. His stepfather got him a job making $23 an hour, and his grandmother gave him a Cadillac, he testified. But, he said, when Hurricane Rita struck, he was transferred to a halfway house in Houston, where his children and ex-girlfriend lived. He got a day pass and called his ex-girlfriend, wanting to see his three children, he said.

That didn’t work out and, instead of returning to the halfway house, he went to a strip club. Later, Wilkins said, he stole a truck and drove to Fort Worth.

Wilkins then detailed for jurors how he killed Freeman out of revenge because Freeman ripped him off in a dope deal and laughed at him, and how he killed Silva, Freeman’s friend, because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He killed Vallejo, he said, because Vallejo made him mad.

Wilkins acknowledged that he also nearly killed two more people about a week later when he intentionally ran them down on a sidewalk in a stolen car because he believed that one of them had stolen his sunglasses.

After he was captured and charged with capital murder, Wilkins testified, he began plotting his escape from jail.

He said he also lied about committing other killings all over the country, hoping that police would continue taking him out of the jail for interviews. He planned to use a handcuff key that he bought from an inmate for $100 and reproduced to free himself and make a run for it, he said.

His plans were foiled, however, when the handcuff key was discovered.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article26605189.html#storylink=cpy

on: June 30, 2015, 12:23:07 PM 4 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: David Zink - MO - 7/14/15

June 30, 2015 USSC Order...

CERTIORARI DENIED

ZINK, DAVID, ET AL. V. LOMBARDI, DIR., MO DOC, ET AL.
The petitions for writs of certiorari are denied.

www.supremecourt.gov

Adios Davey.  8)

on: June 29, 2015, 08:03:12 AM 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / 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 10 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 11 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 15 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
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