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11 -  General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Miguel Paredes - TX - 10/28/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 28, 2014, 01:55:11 PM


Miguel Paredes set to be 10th and last Texas prisoner executed in 2014


Tuesday 28 October 2014 10.41 EDT   

By the age of 18, Miguel Paredes had been involved in at least five murders, taken part in two drive-by shootings and had disposed of a drug-overdose victim by setting her body on fire.

Seeking a better, safer life, his parents had moved their family from Chicago to Mexico and then San Antonio in the 1980s. But Paredes – the youngest of 20 children, seven of whom died before he was born – joined the Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos (Brotherhood of Latin Gunmen) gang and was engulfed by violence.

Convicted of capital murder in 2001, the 32-year-old is set to be put to death by lethal injection in Texas on Tuesday evening, becoming the 10th and probably last prisoner to be executed by the state in 2014. In Texas, that number counts as a down year.

Paredes and two accomplices were found guilty of fatally shooting Adrian Torres, Nelly Bravo and Shawn Cain – members of a rival gang. According to court testimony, Paredes shot Bravo in the back of the head as she pleaded for her life. After the murders in 2000, Paredes and others drove the dead bodies to a rural field and burned them.

www.theguardian.com

12 -  General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Rape charge added for man accused in teen's murder

Started by Michael - Last post by Kitten Resq on: October 28, 2014, 01:55:03 PM

4.5 years later, he pleads guilty.  4.5 years of waiting, of denying, of bullsh** just for him to plead it out. 

http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/citrus-heights/2014/09/12/man-pleads-to-rape-torture-murder-of-citrus-heights-teen-in-park/15541663/

Anton Johnson will be sentenced to 32 years to life, plus eight years in prison when he is sentenced for the first-degree murder, rape and torture of 17-year-old Rebecca Layson four and a half years ago.

Layson was found dead, hidden in bushes at Van Maren Park on Feb. 12, 2010. She hadn't returned home after going out with her boyfriend.

According to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Johnson and his friends had gone to the park to hang out and drink. Layson was there with her boyfriend, but didn't know Johnson. Investigators said Layson was not drinking with the others. Eventually, everyone left except Layson, her boyfriend and Johnson.

The boyfriend, who was initially accused of harming Layson, drank too much and became sick. Layson texted a friend she was going to walk him home.

According to the prosecution, at some point while the boyfriend was incapacitated, Johnson raped Layson, tortured her and killed her.

Johnson was linked to the crimes by DNA evidence.

13 -  General Death Penalty / New Mexico Death Penalty News / Re: New Mexico Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by turboprinz on: October 28, 2014, 11:58:24 AM

Death row inmates ask NM Supreme Court for life in prison
October 27, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico’s last two death row inmates want off the list and their attorneys plead their case in front of the state Supreme Court Monday morning.

However, some of the family members of the victims say this latest court battle is like reliving the nightmare of their death.

Attorneys for Timothy Allen and Robert Fry argue their death sentences are now unconstitutional since the state repealed the death penalty in 2009. But some of the victim’s families believe the fate of the two men has been sealed by a jury.

No one in the courtroom Monday was arguing the innocence of convicted killers and death row inmates Robert Fry and Timothy Allen. However, whether or not the two men should be put to death is now the question for the New Mexico Supreme Court.

“We are here asking this court to find that the execution of Mr. Fry and Mr. Allen violate our state constitution,” said Kathleen McGarry, attorney for Robert Fry.

Fry and Allen’s attorneys argued Monday that putting the two to death would be “cruel and unusual punishment,” since the New Mexico Legislature repealed death penalty and executions in 2009.

The attorneys also argue that killing Allen and Fry would violate equal protection for the men because the Legislature because of the Legislature’s decision to establish a specific date when people could not be executed.

“Somebody with the identical characteristics who committed the identical crime one minute after midnight, or July 1, 2009, would not receive the death penalty,” said Melissa Hill, attorney for Timothy Allen.

Allen killed 17-year old Sandra Phillips in 1994 after kidnapping her and trying to rape her.

Robert Fry was convicted of killing a mother of five in 2000. He also murdered three other people in the ’90s.

However, the state disagrees.

“This is a heavy burden (to prove,”) said Victoria Wilson, an assistant attorney general for New Mexico.

The state Attorney General’s Office says the constitution allows for criminals to be sentenced under law that existed at the time they were convicted.

“This court does not sit as super legislature with the power to uphold or strike down the laws of the state based on the court’s own judgment as to the wisdom and propriety of such laws,” said Wilson.

Darlene Phillips doesn’t feel that the latest appeal should be happening though.

“The most beautiful little red head you’ve ever seen in your life,” said Phillips while looking at a photo of her daughter Sandra.

Sandra was killed by Allen in 1994 after he kidnapped and tried to rape her.

“You know the court of law has already decided this, why do they get another chance to over and over again,” said Phillips.

Justices will take the next several months to make a decision. Sandra hopes it will finally be the end.

“He murdered my daughter. I gave my… that’s my baby,” said Phillips.

The state Supreme Court justices have not set a time table on when they’ll make a decision. If the death penalty is overturned, both would get life in prison.

Since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, New Mexico has only put one person to death. That was Terry Clark, who was executed in 2001.

http://krqe.com/2014/10/27/convicted-murderers-ask-to-be-taken-off-death-row/

14 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: John Marion Grant - OK - 2/9/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 27, 2014, 07:09:15 AM

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.

15 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Charles Frederick Warner - OK - 1/15/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 27, 2014, 07:08:23 AM

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.

16 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Richard Eugene Glossip - OK - 1/29/15

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 27, 2014, 07:06:33 AM

Oklahoma death row inmate denied clemency


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state board voted unanimously on Friday not to recommend sparing the life of a former Oklahoma City motel manager who is scheduled to die for the 1997 beating death of the motel's owner.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted against recommending the governor grant clemency for 51-year-old Richard Glossip, who spoke to the board via a video link from death row at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Glossip was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Barry Alan Van Treese of Lawton at a west Oklahoma City motel. A co-defendant confessed to beating Van Treese, but said he did so at Glossip's direction.

Glossip has maintained his innocence and his attorneys argue that he's been a model prisoner for 17 years.

"There's no question that my client never killed anybody," said Glossip's attorney, Mark Henricksen. "He's been a good prisoner, and his life has value. That's why we're asking for clemency."

Glossip had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday reset the execution dates of Glossip and two other death row inmates after the state said it needed more time to secure the necessary drugs and train the execution team on new protocols.

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.

Glossip is among 21 death row inmates who have sued the state seeking to block their executions, arguing that by tinkering with the lethal injection chemicals, the state is experimenting on death row inmates and violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

www.newsok.com

Hmmmm...unanimously.  Currie Ballard must not be on the Parole Board any longer.  ;D

17 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Benjamin Robert Cole - OK - 3/5/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 27, 2014, 06:59:37 AM

Oklahoma court resets execution dates for 2015


Updated: Oct 24, 2014 7:22 PM CDT
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  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma court has rescheduled the execution dates of three death row inmates for 2015 after the state said it needed more time to secure the necessary drugs and train the execution team on new protocols.
 
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday reset the execution date for Charles Warner to Jan. 15, Richard Eugene Glossip to Jan. 29 and John Marion Grant to Feb. 19.

The court also scheduled the execution of a fourth inmate - Benjamin Robert Cole - for March 5.

Oklahoma has not carried out an execution since the April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, who writhed and moaned on the gurney. That prompted state officials to renovate the death chamber and develop new execution protocols.

www.newson6.com

19 -  General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Miguel Paredes - TX - 10/28/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 24, 2014, 11:46:28 AM

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.

20 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Richard Eugene Glossip - OK - 11/20/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by ChevyWolken on: October 24, 2014, 10:01:54 AM

Beating someone to death proofs a lot of criminal energy and disrespect to the victim, it falls
in the same category as killing a child and now he turns into a cry baby  :-\ 

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