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Inmates Removed From Death Row / Re: Texas Court Upholds Death ...
Last post by deeg - April 27, 2016, 04:39:27 PM
Justice was too slow for the victims, however ding dong dead...and liver cancer can't be an easy way to go. 

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Twice-convicted-Houston-killer-Max-Soffar-dies-7349787.php
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 27, 2016, 04:03:56 PM
Georgia to execute Daniel Anthony Lucas for killing man, 2 children


The Associated Press April 27, 2016

Lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week are asking a court to halt his execution, arguing the death penalty was inappropriate because of his youth and lack of maturity at the time of his crime.

Daniel Anthony Lucas is set to be put to death Wednesday at the state prison by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital. He was 19 in April 1998 when he and another teen broke into a central Georgia home looking for cash or valuables to sell to buy drugs and killed a trucking company owner and his two children.

Lucas' lawyers argued in a court filing Tuesday that his death sentence is "constitutionally flawed."

The jury deciding his fate did not hear meaningful evidence about his youth and lack of maturity before sentencing him to die, his lawyers argued. Additionally, advances in science since his 1999 trial demonstrate the extent to which his brain was not adequately developed, rendering the death penalty inappropriate, they wrote.

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency yesterday afternoon.  The board is the only entity that can commute a death sentence.

Lucas, now 37, received the death sentence for the killings of Steven Moss, 37, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, at their home near Macon.

Lucas and Brandon Rhode were ransacking the Moss home when Bryan Moss came home and saw them through a front window. The boy entered through a back door armed with a baseball bat, prosecutors have said. They say the two then wrestled Bryan to a chair and Lucas shot him in the shoulder.

Lucas then led the boy to a bedroom and shot him multiple times, prosecutors have said.

Rhode met Kristin as she got home from school and forced her to sit on a chair and shot her twice with a pistol, according to court records. Rhode then ambushed Steven Moss when he arrived home, shooting him four times with the same pistol. Lucas later shot all three victims again to make sure they were dead.

Moss' wife, Gerri Ann, discovered the bodies when she returned home from work.

Rhode, who was also convicted in the killings, was executed in September 2010.

Lucas would be the fifth inmate executed in Georgia this year.

www.AL.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by turboprinz - April 27, 2016, 01:31:49 AM
Board denies clemency for Georgia man set to die Wednesday
Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 12:30 AM +0200

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Latest on the planned execution of a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die Wednesday (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

The state parole board has denied clemency for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week.

Daniel Anthony Lucas is set to be put to death Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is the only entity authorized to commute a death sentence in Georgia. The board denied clemency Tuesday after holding a hearing.

Lucas was sentenced to death for the April 1998 killings of 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon in central Georgia.

Lucas' lawyers have said his childhood was plagued by drugs and violence. They say he's been reformed in prison and should be spared.

Lucas would be the fifth inmate executed in Georgia this year.

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3 p.m.

Lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week are asking a court to halt his execution, arguing the death penalty was inappropriate because of his youth and lack of maturity at the time of his crime.

Daniel Anthony Lucas is set to be put to death Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson.

He was 19 in April 1998 when he and another teen killed 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon in central Georgia.

Lucas' lawyers argued in a court filing Tuesday that the jury deciding his fate did not hear meaningful evidence about his youth and lack of maturity before sentencing him to die. They argue advances in science and the young adult brain also should be considered.

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9 a.m.

The state parole board plans to hold a clemency hearing Tuesday for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week.

Daniel Anthony Lucas is set to be put to death Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is the only entity authorized to commute a death sentence in Georgia.

Lucas was sentenced to death for the April 1998 killings of 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon in central Georgia.

Lucas' lawyers have said his childhood was plagued by drugs and violence. They say he's been reformed in prison and should be spared.

Lucas would be the fifth inmate executed in Georgia this year.

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/26/board_denies_clemency_for_georgia_man_set_to_die_wednesday/
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 27, 2016, 01:28:04 AM
Lucas was denied clemency this afternoon.
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 26, 2016, 08:53:10 PM
Lawyers ask for halt to execution; say convict was young


By KATE BRUMBACK 1 hr ago

ATLANTA (AP) -- Lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week are asking a court to halt his execution, arguing the death penalty was inappropriate because of his youth and lack of maturity at the time of his crime.  :P

Daniel Anthony Lucas is set to be put to death Wednesday at the state prison by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital. He was 19 in April 1998 when he and another teen broke into a central Georgia home looking for cash or valuables to sell to buy drugs and killed a trucking company owner and his two children.

Lucas' lawyers argued in a court filing Tuesday that his death sentence is "constitutionally flawed."  :P

The jury deciding his fate did not hear meaningful evidence about his youth and lack of maturity before sentencing him to die, his lawyers argued. Additionally, advances in science since his 1999 trial demonstrate the extent to which his brain was not adequately developed, rendering the death penalty inappropriate, they wrote.  :P

In addition to the court filing, Lucas' lawyers also asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare his life, arguing that his childhood was plagued by drugs and violence but that he's been reformed in prison.  :P

The board, which was holding a clemency hearing for Lucas on Tuesday, is the only entity that can commute a death sentence.

Lucas, now 37, received the death sentence for the killings of Steven Moss, 37, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, at their home near Macon.

www.abcnews.com

Give it up ambulance chasers...your boyfriend is as good as dead!
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 26, 2016, 06:09:31 PM
Death of a family: Gerri Moss recalls '98 murders of son, daughter and husband
 

As told to Joe Kovac Jr.

Editor's note: A version of this story, told in the words of Gerri Ann Moss, originally appeared in The Telegraph in September 2010 before convicted killer Brandon Joseph Rhode was put to death for the 1998 slayings of Moss's 11-year-old son Bryan and her 15-year-old daughter Kristin. Moss's husband and the children's father, 37-year-old Steven Moss, was also killed after Rhode and Lucas broke into the family's home on Griswoldville Road. Now on the eve of the execution of Daniel Lucas, Rhode's accomplice in the Jones County murders, Gerri Moss's words remain as powerful as they were nearly six years ago.

The execution brings it all up again, opens up the wounds that have tried to heal.

Still, I'm glad the justice system is doing its job.

Even though I moved home to California three years ago, I've had friends willing to put up money to fly me back to Georgia. I've toyed with the idea over the years of viewing the execution. I don't. I just don't think I could sit and watch another life be taken.

I still can't wrap my mind around it. It's been less than a week that I've been informed that this is going to actually happen. I really haven't had time to sit and think about what I'll actually do.

I'm 51.

I exist.

I have not in my life contributed to this world 1 percent of what my children wanted to do with theirs. They invited and brought people, friends, to the Lord. They were involved in church. They brought me in and, ultimately, brought their father, Steven, to church to be saved. They were forces of nature. They knew from a very young age the impact one person can make. They were senselessly taken away, as were their untold futures and the impact they would have made.

There never will be closure. I won't have my grandkids. I won't have my future. I'll deal with the repercussions until they place me in Middle Georgia Memory Gardens next to my family.

My 8-year-old son and I are very close. I'm thankful to have him. His father and I are divorced. It was a very short-lived relationship. Now I have my son to care for, and he's aware of the legacy of his big brother and sister. He calls Steve -- Kristin and Bryan's father -- his Uncle Steve. Of course, he's too young to understand it all. He sees his mom go through good days and bad days. I don't burden him with it.

Some of the best days have been the last couple of days with the outpouring of love and all the friends from Georgia reaching out to me and asking me what they can do. They say things like, "I love you, Miss Gerri."

Irreversible decisions

My strong faith in the Lord saw me through at the trial.

I knew my family was in a very safe place and that I would be reunited with them one day. I instructed all the people who came to court with me each day that if they couldn't conduct themselves in a Christian-like fashion that they didn't need to come. We reached out to the defendants' families.

It was the irreversible decisions of Brandon Rhode and Daniel Lucas that caused this. Everybody else is victims -- their families, my family, their friends. Everyone else is a victim in this with the exception of the two who made the decision. I do have compassion for their families.

I've given it some thought over the last couple of days, and really what it comes down to is that I had no say the day or hour prior to what happened at our house on April 23, 1998.

I made the decision to see this thing through. I attended each one of the hearings, the jury selection. Anything I could attend, I did. I did it in honor of my family. I felt that once the trials were over and the decision was made that my job was done.

The district attorney did his job, the judge did his job, the jury did their job. It's been sent to the State Court, it's been sent to the Supreme Court. I respect every step of the way it has been, and I stand by their decision.

And Fred Bright, the DA, the prosecutor, from the moment I met him, has always been as honest and frank and candid and loving and caring as any human being that I've ever met. I have the utmost respect for the man. He's seen it all. There's several people who've done horrific things that he's put on death row. The way he conducts himself in court is in the most professional manner, and then when he has you sitting there one-on-one as a human being, there's not a more compassionate, understanding, honest man on this earth.

If they only knew

A motorcycle accident or a suicide is different from a murder.

It's still a death but the circumstances are different.

People don't know what to say or how to react. One of my big pet peeves was platitudes, people saying, "Oh, I can imagine what you feel like," or, "God needed some flowers for his garden in heaven," or, "I don't know how you're still walking around," and, "If it was me I would have committed suicide," or, "Have you checked into an insane asylum?"

If they only knew how it felt hearing it.

The only thing that you can tell somebody that's gone through this -- and unless it's happened to you directly and you can honestly say, "I know what it feels like" -- all you have to offer that person is, "I love you. I support you. I'll help you, and I'll be here for anything that you need."

Somebody that's going through the immediate grief is not going to say to anyone, "I need help." They're gonna sit there and wallow and waste away. You have to have a friend like I did. Her name's Tara -- Tara Floyd. She gave up her life, time away from her husband and young children to be with me.

She'd call up every day and say, "Are you out of bed?"

I'd say, "No, why?"

"Well," she'd say, "you know, because you need to be."

Other times she'd call and ask, "Have you showered today?"

It was baby steps until she got me to leave the house and go out to breakfast, and more baby steps until she got me to go shopping. Some days Tara stood there at my door and she knocked and knocked and hollered until I came. She let me know, "I'm not going away. I'm not leaving you."

That's the true meaning of somebody that really loves you.

Nice to hear kind words

Kristin Deanne was pretty, popular, smart and athletic.

She was well-rounded.

She'd planned on being in the Miss Jones County Pageant.

She was elected freshman-class secretary at Jones County High. Classmates voted her "Most Likely to Succeed." She would have graduated with the class of 2001.

She played softball.

She was a leader.

This isn't just their proud Mom's point of view.

Her science teacher, Mrs. Weldon, said Kristin was always involved, an "A" student in her science class. She said everybody wanted to be in Kristin's quiz group.

Bryan James, like his sister, made an impression on folks.

He was a fifth-grader at Mattie Wells Elementary and a well-mannered boy. He was popular, made good grades. He liked baseball, football, riding go-carts.

Mrs. Warren, his school counselor, told me he was mature for his age, that students and teachers alike thought highly of him. She said he was polite, too, and just always smiling.

So, see, this isn't just their proud Mom's point of view. This is from their friends, from those who spent their days with them.

It's nice to hear kind words about your children.

I felt guilty leaving

I left Georgia in February 2007.

I shipped everything ahead of time. Then I brought my son, my cat and whatever else fit in the Jeep and we drove across the country and had an adventure.

The minute I crossed the Georgia state line into Alabama, I was torn. I knew I was leaving behind a lot of very, very good friends. But I also knew that I was coming out and I was going to try to provide a good family and place for my son. I desperately wanted the feeling of family again.

I live halfway between L.A. and San Diego now. My mom's in San Diego. My dad's in L.A. I found a cheap little inexpensive place in the high desert.

It's been almost 30 years since I met Steven out here -- on Van Nuys Boulevard, cruise night. He was from Georgia, from Swainsboro. He'd been in the Army. We got married out here in 1982. Our children were born here. Then we moved East.

When I came back here, I felt guilty leaving Steven and Bryan and Kristin. But I knew they weren't there anymore. I knew I was just leaving their bodies and their headstones.

My last day in Georgia, I went and I picked up some things to decorate the headstones.

I took WD-40 and a rag.

I wanted to make sure the headstones were all polished and shiny.

I trimmed the weeds and cut the grass.

I sat in front of each one and had a long conversation with them.

They told me, "It's OK, Mom, go. We're not here anymore. We'll always be with you in your heart."

April 23, 1998

It was a Thursday afternoon. Gerri Ann Moss arrived home from work and found the bodies of her slain family. Her son Bryan, 11, daughter Kristin, 15, and husband Steven, 37, had, in that order, been shot and killed as they returned home, one at a time, from school and work, by a pair of teenage burglars-turned-killers who were inside the family's Griswoldville Road residence in south Jones County. Two young men were convicted of the crimes. Brandon Joseph Rhode was, at age 31, executed by lethal injection in September 2010. Daniel Anthony Lucas, now 36 and on Georgia's death row, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article73953032.html#storylink=cpy
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 26, 2016, 02:41:18 PM
Panel holding clemency hearing for Georgia death row inmate

   
Updated 7:49 am, Tuesday, April 26, 2016
 
ATLANTA (AP) -- The state parole board is currently holding a clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week.

Daniel Anthony Lucas is set to be put to death Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is the only entity authorized to commute a death sentence in Georgia.

Lucas was sentenced to death for the April 1998 killings of 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon in central Georgia.
 
Lucas' lawyers have said his childhood was plagued by drugs and violence. They say he's been reformed in prison and should be spared.

Lucas would be the fifth inmate executed in Georgia this year.

www.macon.com
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Ohio Death Penalty News / Re: Ohio Death Penalty News
Last post by turboprinz - April 20, 2016, 08:02:21 PM
Court upholds death sentences for 2 condemned Maple Heights, Toledo killers
April 20, 2016

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences for two condemned killers in cases out of Toledo and suburban Cleveland.

The execution of either offender is far in the future, because both have federal appeals to pursue and Ohio also currently lacks lethal injections drugs used for putting inmates to death.

In the Maple Heights case in Cuyahoga County, the court ruled 5-2 Wednesday to uphold the death sentence for inmate Denny Obermiller.

He was convicted of raping and killing his grandmother, Candace Schneider, and killing her husband, Donald Schneider, in 2010.

In the Toledo case, the court ruled 6-1 to uphold the death sentence for inmate Anthony Belton for fatally shooting gas station clerk Matthew Dugan during a 2008 robbery.

http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/court-upholds-death-sentences-for-2-condemned-maple-heights-toledo-killers/145309183
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 20, 2016, 12:59:27 PM
Clemency hearing set for condemned Jones County killer

 
Clemency hearing for condemned Jones County killer Daniel Anthony Lucas has been set.

 Representatives for Lucas, 37, are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. April 26 with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

 The meeting is expected to be closed, with no comments from the public, according to a news release from the parole board.

 Lucas is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

 Lucas was convicted of murdering 11-year-old Bryan Moss, 15-year-old Kristin Moss and their father Steven Moss during a burglary of their Jones County home in 1998.

 A jury found Lucas guilty in September 1999 on three counts of malice murder, three counts of felony murder, two counts of burglary and one count of kidnapping with bodily injury.

 He was sentenced to death by the jury.

 Lucas' direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings have been concluded.

 The U.S. Supreme Court denied Lucas' request to appeal on October 5, 2015. The Superior Court of Jones County issued the execution order.

 In Georgia, the parole board has the sole constitutional authority to grant clemency and commute, or reduce a death sentence to life with the possibility of parole or to life without the possibility of parole. Only after an inmate appears to have exhausted all judicial avenues of relief will the parole board consider granting a commutation to a death-sentenced inmate.

 The board maintains a comprehensive file on each inmate on death row. The file includes the history of the life of the condemned inmate, the inmate's criminal history and the circumstances of the offense that was committed resulting in the death sentence.

www.macon.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Daniel Anthony Lucas - GA ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 19, 2016, 01:38:59 PM
Condemned man requests Italian for last meal


By Rhonda Cook The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Daniel Anthony Lucas has asked for an Italian meal to be the last one he eats before his execution set for next week for the murders of a Jones County father and his two children.

According to the Department of Corrections, Lucas requested meat pizza, steak and cheese calzone, a stuffed portobello mushroom, chef salad with ranch and honey mustard dressings and orange juice.

Lucas, 37, will be given his last meal about three hours before the scheduled hour for his lethal injection, which is 7 p.m. on April 27.

If he is put to death, Lucas will be the fifth person Georgia has executed this year. Only twice since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 has Georgia put executed five killers in a year -- in 2015 and in 1987.

Lucas, then 19, and Brandon Rhode were burglarizing the Moss family home the afternoon of April 23, 1998, when the first of two children came home from school.

The younger of the two got home first.

Bryan Moss saw Lucas and Rhode through the front window, ransacking his family's house, so the 11-year-old armed himself with a bat and went inside. Lucas shot the boy.

Kristin Moss came home next. The two men also shot the 15-year-old girl.

Rhode shot the father, Steven Moss, when he got to the house on Griswoldville Road in middle Georgia.

Then Lucas shot the children again to be sure they were dead.

Rhode was executed on Sept. 27, 2010.

www.ajc.com
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