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on: April 02, 2013, 10:26:37 AM 31 Victims and Victim Related / Remembrance and Support / Re: Елена

Чтобы моя дорогая Елена. Я тебя никогда не забуду. Я до сих пор плачу за вас каждый день.

Вы были взяты от нас таким молодым. Вы бы ваша жизнь у тебя украли

ваш любящий папа


My heart weeps for your loss :'(

on: March 05, 2013, 11:11:59 AM 32 Forum Rules and Information / Need help? / Re: Help a Mom travel from NY to Florida to be with Daughter in ICU.

Good Grief!

I have not been on the site for a while.  I did not see this thread until this afternoon.   A tad bit late.  I would have been happy to help out, so I apologize for not doing so.

Had I seen anything like this on FB, I would have been happy to help.  I know what that is like.

So sorry!!!

on: March 05, 2013, 09:17:54 AM 33 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Henry Watkins "Hank" Skinner - TX - 11/09/2011

An anti death penalty hit piece for your perusal.

Where's Your Evidence?

Advances in forensic science have made physical evidence increasingly crucial in criminal justice – but the practice of preserving and maintaining that evidence is often underfunded, poorly managed, or just plain sloppy

BY JORDAN SMITH, FRI., FEB. 15, 2013


An evidence room in disarray. Officials asked that it not be identified.

For more than a decade, lawyers for death row inmate Hank Skinner fought prosecutors – in Gray County and the attorney general's office – for the right to DNA-test certain items of evidence. Skinner was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1993 murder of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two grown sons in the home they shared in the Panhandle town of Pampa. The crime scene was bloody – Busby was bludgeoned, her sons repeatedly stabbed – and while some DNA tests have been performed, there was plenty of evidence that hadn't been tested, including a sweat- and blood-stained windbreaker. The jacket is crucial, attorney Rob Owen has argued; found next to Busby's body, the tan snap-front jacket resembled one regularly worn by Busby's now-deceased uncle Robert Donnell, who the defense claims was obsessed with Busby and may have been her real killer. In short, testing the jacket might help prove Skin­ner's innocence – or confirm his guilt.

On June 1, 2012, the state finally dropped its opposition to the testing. Just two weeks later, Owen was again frustrated when the AG's Office informed him that the windbreaker was missing. "According to the state, every other piece of evidence in this case has been preserved," he said at the time. "It is difficult to understand how the state has managed to maintain custody of items as small as fingernail clippings, while apparently losing something as large as a man's windbreaker."
No one seems to know when or how the jacket went missing. The Pampa Police Depart­ment, which investigated the murders, originally held all of the evidence related to the case. When the time came for Skinner to be tried, the evidence was handed over to Gray County. Some time after Skinner was tried, the jacket simply disappeared – and no one knows where it went, said Gary Noblett, a 41-year veteran of the Pampa PD and custodian of its evidence and property storage. Over the years, he said, a number of law enforcement types have called looking for it – including officials with the AG's Office. "As far as I know of, no one's ever been able to find that thing," he said. Skinner remains on death row as DNA testing on other items of evidence continues.

Skinner's case is not unusual. Unfor­tun­ately, missing evidence is "way more common than you'd think," says evidence expert John Vasquez. Vasquez worked in property and evidence management for 25 years, first for the military and then for the Fort Worth and Wichita Falls PDs, before starting his own evidence-control consulting business. More often than not, the evidence hasn't actually been removed from a law enforcement storage facility – though scandals involving stolen evidence are unnervingly common, as officials with the Houston PD can readily affirm. Instead, says Vasquez, missing evidence is generally misplaced evidence – logged into one area of a storage facility and then moved without anyone noting the new location, or overlooked when a department's evidence-tracking system is upgraded.
That is, perhaps, the good news – though having something and not knowing where it is, or not being able to find it, is hardly less damaging than discovering that an item has been stolen or destroyed outright.
Indeed, an investigation by the Chronicle into the state of criminal evidence storage and retention in Texas reflects that while state laws firmly mandate the preservation and maintenance of evidence that may contain biological material, there is little consistency in how these laws are actually carried out, including wide disparities in how evidence is packaged and maintained. Legislation enacted in 2011 extended by decades the length of time that items of evidence that may contain DNA must be stored, and directed a group of stakeholders to come up with guidelines and best practices for the handling and storage of that evidence. However, many law enforcement officials see the legislation as merely a good first step, and moreover, an unfunded mandate.


A key piece of evidence that went missing in Hank Skinner's murder case.
BY GRAY COUNTY EVIDENCE PHOTO

Property and evidence technicians and managers are often poorly paid and receive very little training, if any, on how to do their jobs, says Vasquez. That's a combination that can quickly lead to scandal for a police department working within a criminal justice system that increasingly relies on science to make evidence meaningful.
As forensic science evolves and DNA testing becomes more precise, the amount of material being collected has also increased, thrusting the maintenance of evidence – once considered the "red-headed stepchild of law enforcement," says Vasquez – into the legal spotlight, and expanding the need for skilled inventory management. "We are somewhat overrun by stuff," says Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis, a representative of the Texas Police Chiefs Association who was among a group of stakeholders involved last year in the creation of best practices for evidence preservation in Texas. DNA testing "has enhanced so that we're able to process things and come up with DNA evidence where we couldn't before."

Without sufficient understanding of the critical role that the proper preservation of evidence now plays – not only in convicting the guilty, but also in freeing the innocent – the system is in serious trouble, officials warn. "Evidence has been one of the biggest issues we're dealing with in law enforcement," says Tony Widner, chief of the Graham PD, a small department south of Wichita Falls. "You're not just talking about the credibility of the department; you're talking about a victim seeing justice."

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If you want to read the rest of this anti dp article go here: http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2013-02-15/wheres-your-evidence/


on: March 05, 2013, 07:49:00 AM 34 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Henry Watkins "Hank" Skinner - TX - 11/09/2011

Another TV interview with Skinner...

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqJ6s07pqqM

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k9JqGeQkJk

Hopefully these will be coming to an end soon.


I thought I would post these on here for you, Joe.

Interview 1.


Interview 2.



The old joke:  How can you tell if Hank Skinner is lying?  His mouth is moving.

on: February 19, 2013, 10:44:28 AM 35 General Death Penalty / Women on Death Row / Re: Former death row inmate back in court--Cathy Lynn Henderson

Oh Gramma...This is almost too much to read about.  You are in our thoughts and prayers, you and youf family. 

As for the lying, dangerous skank...walling her up in an obulette is too good for the likes of her...

Whack her.  Now.


 ;)

on: February 19, 2013, 10:42:58 AM 36 General Death Penalty / Women on Death Row / Re: Former death row inmate back in court--Cathy Lynn Henderson

Granny I so feel for you and your family. It hardly seems logical that in what is supposed to be a civilised world the victims should have to go through this again and again. How can it be that we have created a system that allows courts to inflict so much pain on your family in an attempt to preserve the rights of someone like CLH? Wonder what sort of treatment she is getting in GP? Hope it is one that makes solitary seem inviting!!


 ;D ;D ;D

on: February 18, 2013, 01:21:57 PM 37 General Death Penalty / Women on Death Row / Re: Former death row inmate back in court--Cathy Lynn Henderson

Thanks for the good thoughts, friends.

I will tell you what I can but have to be careful what I say.

No, she can't smoke in prison any more.

Right now, we understand she is in gen pop at a jail in Austin.  She will remain there until the new trial is over, so her attorneys have easier access to her so she can help with the new trial. 

We are prepared for whatever happens, no matter how it turns out or if we will like it or not.

Thanks. :-* :'(

on: February 14, 2013, 12:30:10 PM 38 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Todd Willingham murdered my 3 daughters

Todd Willingham murdered my 3 daughters
 
 
Todd Willingham murdered my 3 daughters
statement from Stacy Kuykendall, Cameron Todd Willingham's then wife
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RE: "Stacy Kuykendall, the ex-wife of Cameron Todd Willingham, offers her first detailed account of the 1991 fire that claimed the lives of her three daughters and led to Willingham’s execution in 2004.
 
“Todd set our house on fire then stood outside and watched it burn,” Kuykendall asserts, saying she agrees with Gov. Rick Perry’s portrayal of her husband as “a monster.” "
 
"Before Todd was executed he confessed to his family that he never went into the twins room at all to try and save them, that he had lied about it. Actually, he stood outside of our home as the house engulfed in flames knowing his three daughters were inside."
 
"Todd set our house on fire then stood outside and watched it burn. He knew our three daughters were inside this home taking there last breath. He watched them die."

"(Reporters) Mills, Possley (of the Chicago Tribune) and Grann (of the New Yorker) have all come to my home uninvited to ask me questions about my ex-husband. I told them all that I no longer believe that Todd was innocent, that he did murder my daughters and I did not want to talk about that which had to deal with him."
 
statement from Stacy Kuykendall, then wife to Cameron Todd Willingham and mother to Amber Louise, Karmon Diane and Kameron Marie.
 
(1)"Stacy Kuykendall's statement about the 1991 fire", Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10/25/09
http://www.star-telegram.com/texas/story/1709042-p3.html

 http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/10/25/stacy-kuykendalls-statement-about-the-1991-fire-fort-worth-startelegram-102509.aspx

on: February 14, 2013, 12:21:09 PM 39 General Death Penalty / Women on Death Row / Former death row inmate back in court--Cathy Lynn Henderson

TRAVIS COUNTY COURTS
Former death row inmate back in court

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Cathy Lynn Henderson walks away from the bench during a pretrial hearing at the Travis County district court 299th at the Thurman-Blackwell Criminal Justice Center this morning.

By Jazmine Ulloa
American-Statesman Staff

A defense team has been assembled and attorneys are ready to begin the discovery process for a new trial in the case of Cathy Lynn Henderson, a former babysitter once on death row for the 1994 death of an infant.
Henderson, now 56, appeared with her attorneys in a routine hearing Thursday before before District Court Judge Karen Sage.
She spent nearly two decades incarcerated for the death of 3-month-old Brandon Baugh before a sharply divided Court of Criminal Appeals overturned her capital murder conviction and sentence in December.
The court upheld a recommendation by District Judge Jon Wisser that she have a new trial based on new scientific discoveries into the nature of head injuries.
“Testimony of the state’s chief experts was, at bottom, scientifically flawed,” Wisser wrote in findings dated May 14 and delivered to the appeals court last year.
After the Thursday’s hearing, Eryn and Melissa Baugh said it has been a confusing and frustrating journey through the legal system, though they are confident in Travis County district prosecutors in the upcoming retrial. Friday will be the 19th-year anniversary of when their son was found.
They feel they are back at square one, the couple said.
“It has been a living hell,” Eryn Baugh said of the process. “Now the wounds are back open again.”
Henderson claimed that Baugh died after slipping from her arms and falling about four feet to the concrete floor in her home in the Pflugerville area. She said she panicked, burying the boy’s body in a Bell County field before fleeing to Missouri, where she was found and arrested 11 days later.
The search for the boy’s body and hunt for Henderson dominated headlines in February 1994.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has said the new charge Henderson will face will be determined after a review of court records, evidence and the new testimony from Wisser’s hearings. If the charge is capital murder, an additional determination will be made on whether to seek the death penalty, Lehmberg has said.

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Posted by FullGrownBear at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 10, 2013 Report Abuse
If it was truly an accident, you don't "panic" and bury a body. Send her to Hell!!!

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/cathy-lynn-henderson-in-court-in-advance-of-new-tr/nWJFq/

on: February 09, 2013, 08:05:31 AM 40 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Henry Watkins "Hank" Skinner - TX - 11/09/2011

Another TV interview with Skinner...

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqJ6s07pqqM

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k9JqGeQkJk

Hopefully these will be coming to an end soon.


I didn't watch all of the first one.  The lies that come out of his disgusting mouth almost made me throw up. That pos needs to go down! Now! Lies,lies, and more lies.

I'll bet skank is eating this all up.  I'll be glad when ole Hank gets his justice juice.  It will be interesting to see which disgusting piece of human excrement she marries next. Skank, the merry black widow!

on: February 03, 2013, 09:08:35 AM 41 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Henry Watkins "Hank" Skinner - TX - 11/09/2011

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

His new alibi is as bizarre as he is.  I suppose skank buys this theory too.   She is a moron!

on: January 29, 2013, 07:06:06 AM 43 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Henry Watkins "Hank" Skinner - TX - 11/09/2011



Here is an interview with the Skank, Sandrine with Larry King.


Awwwwww......."We love each other."  What a stupid bitch! >:( >:(

on: January 29, 2013, 07:02:29 AM 44 General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Henry Watkins "Hank" Skinner - TX - 11/09/2011

I don't care what Hank and his Skank say, he is guilty.  This is the most current news I found on him, from Amarillo, TX which is a hundred miles from me and from where he murdered Twila and her boys.

Attorney General: DNA tests implicate Hank Skinner in 1993 murders
by Travis Ruiz
Posted: 11.14.2012 at 3:12 PM
Updated: 11.15.2012 at 8:40 AM




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New DNA testing further implicates convicted murderer Henry "Hank" Skinner for the crime, according to the Texas Attorney General.

Pronews 7 obtained the documents on Wednesday afternoon which were filed in a Gray County State District Court.

Click here to read the entire DNA testing advisory.

Skinner was convicted in 1995 for the 1993 Pampa murders of Twila Busby, his live-in girlfriend and her two grown sons. The murder happened on New Year's Eve.

Initial DNA testing in 1995 implicated Skinner by showing that he was at the crime scene.

The new DNA results showed Skinner's blood in the back bedrooms of the home where the murder happened.


Click the video above to see archived footage from the 1993 murders.
Skinner's DNA, according to the Attorney General's advisory, was also found on the handle of a bloody knife taken from the front porch of the home. At least one other contributor's DNA was also on the knife, according to the Attorney General.

While Skinner has not contested that he was at the crime scene, he maintained his innocence. He said he was unconscious and intoxicated on the couch at the time of the murders.

Skinner's attorney said the results should not have been released since the testing is still in progress.

"We find it troubling that the Attorney General's Office has seen fit to release partial results of the DNA testing and submit its 'advisory' to the court while the DNA testing is still in progress," said Rob Owen, attorney for Hank Skinner. "The partial results which have been produced by the initial round of DNA testing show that at least one person other than Hank Skinner and the victims may have been present in the house on the night the murders took place, and may have had contact with one of the weapons used in the killings."

Skinner was sentenced to the death penalty. He once came within one hour of being executed. Several times, the execution was postponed.

Skinner had contended that new DNA testing would show that he was innocent. Starting in 2000, he pleaded for more DNA testing.

"We have requested additional DNA testing that could improve the quality of the unknown DNA profile from the carpet sample, to allow authorities to submit it to CODIS, the national law enforcement DNA database, to search for matches there," Owen said. "We have also requested additional DNA testing of the stains from the knife, likewise hoping to develop further the DNA profile of the third contributor."

http://www.connectamarillo.com/news/story.aspx?id=825400

on: January 24, 2013, 03:35:06 PM 45 Forum Rules and Information / Introductions / Re: Unfinished Business!!!

Welcome to the site.  Many of us here Have walked in your shoes.  You have found the right place and the right companions who will understand what you are going through.  :-*
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