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William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« on: January 14, 2011, 12:46:13 PM »

William H. Houseman, 35, formerly of Newville, is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, Feb. 24, for strangling and killing Leslie White in September 2001

Gov. Ed Rendell signed his execution warrant Friday. Houseman, a prisoner at SCI Greene, was convicted in November 2001 for kidnapping and killing his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend. Beth Ann Markman, 44, was also sentenced to death for her part in the strangulation of White.


During the trail, prosecutors said that Houseman and Markman lured White to Houseman’s home where they strangled her and then drove to Virginia to hid her body.

Markman’s conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2007. In a new trail, she pleaded guilty to criminal homicide in exchange for a life sentence.


source: http://www.shipnc.com/articles/2011/01/14/the_valley_times_star/doc4d30b1dc19219540752800.txt


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In one of his last acts in office, Gov. Ed Rendell Friday signed an execution warrant for Milton Montalvo, who had been convicted in a 1998 double homicide in York.

Montalvo, 48, convicted in January 2000, in the stabbing and beating deaths of his estranged common-law wife and a friend of hers, is scheduled to be executed Feb. 23.

It is unlikely the execution will take place, though. Rendell has previously signed execution warrants for death-row inmates, but appeals have blocked them - a point that Rendell addressed in a letter to the state Legislature Friday asking it to find means to streamline execution of the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

In the letter, Rendell wrote, "While Congress and this body have enacted laws to help curtail and streamline the appellate process in capital cases, the length of time between the imposition of the sentence and actual execution, if it occurs at all, can be decades and is still too long.

"Victims' survivors are frustrated; the police are frustrated. The lengthy appeals process not only costs taxpayers substantial money, but it also robs the victims' families and friends of peace of mind, and they get no closure."

Montalvo and his brother, Noel, were both convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in separate trials in the 1998 murders of Miriam Ascencio, 44, and her friend, Manuel Ramirez Santana, 37.

Milton Montalvo fled York after the homicides and was arrested in 1999 in Miami in a Super Bowl prostitution sting.

The state Supreme Court affirmed Milton Montalvo's death sentence in 2009 and denied re-argument last year.

Noel Montalvo, 46, was also sentenced to death in the killings. Rendell signed his death warrant in July 2009 and scheduled the execution for Sept. 23 of that year. The execution was stayed by appeals to federal court.

In his letter to the Legislature, Rendell noted that only three executions have been carried out since the death penalty was reinstated in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s. One of those was Keith Zettlemoyer, a York County man who had been convicted in 1980 of killing of a man scheduled to testify against him in a robbery trial.

Zettlemoyer had waived his final appeals and asked that his sentence be carried out. He was executed in May 1995.

Rendell signed five other execution warrants Friday:


Lavar Brown, of Philadelphia County, who was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2005. Brown, 33, shot and killed Robert Crawford in December 2003. He is incarcerated at the SCI at Graterford. His execution date is scheduled for March 2.

William H. Housman, 35, for strangling and killing Leslie White in September 2000. Housman, of Cumberland County, was convicted in November 2001. He is a prisoner at SCI Greene and is scheduled to be executed Feb. 24.

Kareem Johnson, 26, of Philadelphia County. Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder in June 2007, for the shooting death of Walter Smith in December 2002. Johnson is held at SCI Graterford. His execution date is scheduled for March 8.

Christopher Smith, 29, of Philadelphia County, for the December 2002, shooting death of Rasheed Grant. He was convicted in May 2005. Smith's execution is scheduled for March 3. He is a prisoner at SCI Greene.

Ernest R. Wholaver Jr., 50, for killing his wife and two daughters on Dec. 24, 2002. Wholaver, of Dauphin County, was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to die in August 2004. He is a prisoner at SCI Greene. His execution date is scheduled for March 1.

source: http://www.ydr.com/crime/ci_17097095


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Re: William H. Houseman - Pennsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 05:14:02 PM »
I've always wondered why no executions have gone forward in Pennsylvania. Perhaps this is an age-old musing, but if anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it.  Also, could the incoming governor, Tom Corbett, begin ordering executions to be carried out, or is it solely in the hands of the court system? (Might be a dumb question, but oh well. Lol.) :-*
It must be very frustrating for victims' families/loved ones in Pennsylvania to see so many execution dates set, yet none carried out.

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pennsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011, 08:52:43 PM »
I've always wondered why no executions have gone forward in Pennsylvania. Perhaps this is an age-old musing, but if anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it.  Also, could the incoming governor, Tom Corbett, begin ordering executions to be carried out, or is it solely in the hands of the court system? (Might be a dumb question, but oh well. Lol.) :-*
It must be very frustrating for victims' families/loved ones in Pennsylvania to see so many execution dates set, yet none carried out.


Is the incoming Governor even for the death penalty?  ???
My reason for supporting the death penalty? A murderer has less of a right to live than his victim and already presents a danger while incarcerated for life. They have nothing to lose when the most they can get is Life in prison without parole.

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2011, 10:46:14 PM »
Better chance of seeing an execution in Canada or the UK lol

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pennsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 09:12:15 AM »
I've always wondered why no executions have gone forward in Pennsylvania. Perhaps this is an age-old musing, but if anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it.  Also, could the incoming governor, Tom Corbett, begin ordering executions to be carried out, or is it solely in the hands of the court system? (Might be a dumb question, but oh well. Lol.) :-*
It must be very frustrating for victims' families/loved ones in Pennsylvania to see so many execution dates set, yet none carried out.


He is a republican, chances are he is..

Is the incoming Governor even for the death penalty?  ???

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2011, 09:29:42 AM »
I've always wondered why no executions have gone forward in Pennsylvania. Perhaps this is an age-old musing, but if anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it.  Also, could the incoming governor, Tom Corbett, begin ordering executions to be carried out, or is it solely in the hands of the court system? (Might be a dumb question, but oh well. Lol.) :-*
It must be very frustrating for victims' families/loved ones in Pennsylvania to see so many execution dates set, yet none carried out.


He is a republican, chances are he is..

Is the incoming Governor even for the death penalty?  ???




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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2011, 03:12:05 PM »
So are we to assume that this is just a "pretend" date? Pennsylvania needs to get off their collective behinds and abide by their own state law!!!

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2011, 11:13:53 PM »
If anyone would like to see the appeal from 2008 the link is below

http://www.aopc.org/OpPosting/Supreme/out/J-63-2008mo.pdf

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2011, 05:46:17 AM »
Unfortunately what I have said in the past about Pa.'s DP still rings true. That being,being sentenced to death Pennsylvania is akin to a thunderstorm. Something bad "may" happen but most likely not.... >:( >:( >:(
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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2011, 11:45:59 AM »
I don't think party affiliation has anything to do with it.   Both former and current Governors support the death penalty.  The problem is the lengthy appeals process that we all complain about here.  The House Judiciary Committee needs some input from the public.

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Rendell wants reform -- or end -- of Pa. death penalty

January 14, 2011
Gov. Ed Rendell is telling lawmakers to reform Pennsylvania’s death penalty system -- or end it.

On the last working day of his administration, Rendell said an “endless appeal process” has made Pennsylvania’s death penalty effectively nonexistent.

“Sixteen cases that I prosecuted as district attorney are on death row. I haven’t been district attorney for 25 years. It makes no sense. Again, it is not a deterrent to the criminals out on the street, because it is not a reality,” he said.

There are 217 people on death row in Pennsylvania; only three have been executed since 1978, and none since 1999.

Rendell said lawmakers need to figure out how to expedite the appeals process, or consider eliminating the death penalty through a constitutional amendment. "Anyone who believes that our justice system should try to get it right as much as humanly possible has to believe – has to believe – that we need a thorough appellate review," he said. "But do we need an endless appellate review that takes 15, 20, 25, 30 years? Of course not."

Andy Hoover of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania said speeding up appeals would increase the risk of putting innocent people to death.

“The governor’s suggestion that this process can somehow be streamlined and made faster just really isn’t possible,” he said, adding one Pennsylvania death row inmate, Nick Yarris, served 21 years in prison before he was exonerated through DNA evidence.

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Critics push for fixes for Pa.'s death penalty

01/27/2011
Cornell Mitchell's life ended on death row in 1991, but the man who stabbed a group-home counselor 31 times in a gruesome 1988 murder in York County never made it to the execution chamber.

The man who prosecuted Mitchell, former York County District Attorney Stan Rebert, cites Mitchell's story as an example of Pennsylvania's flawed death-penalty process, which can include more than a decade of costly legal appeals and appeals-court intervention.

That's left death-row prisoners far more likely to die from natural causes -- in Mitchell's case, AIDS -- than lethal injection. Pennsylvania boasts 222 death-row inmates, but only three have been executed here since the death penalty was reinstated in 1974.

"There's no question it takes too much time," said Rebert, who spent 24 years as the county's chief prosecutor

before losing his re-election bid in 2009.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell shares Rebert's opinion. In the waning days of his tenure, Rendell wrote a letter to state lawmakers asking them to re-examine the death penalty. Rendell pondered whether legislators could expedite the death-penalty appeals process while maintaining the integrity of the proceedings and -- if they couldn't -- questioned whether the death penalty should be eliminated in Pennsylvania and replaced with a more stringent life sentence.

"There are inmates on death row today who were convicted and sentenced to death during my tenure as District Attorney of Philadelphia County," Rendell wrote. "As a former District Attorney and as a death penalty supporter, I believe the death penalty can be a deterrent -- but only when it is carried out relatively expeditiously."

The process: Rebert and his successor, Tom Kearney, each hypothesized recently about ways to streamline death-penalty proceedings.

Some of the many layers of appeals could be eliminated, Rebert said, and more credence put in the trial judge's opinion. While Kearney said the state judicial system operates efficiently in death-penalty cases, he suggested that federal appeals often smother the cases, leaving them in limbo for years, and should be examined.

Richard Dieter, who runs the non-partisan Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., said capital cases need time to "evolve" in the court process to ensure innocent people are not executed. Still, like Rendell, he questioned how the death penalty can be effective when it isn't enforced.

To limit the bottleneck of costly and time-consuming appeals, Dieter floated the option of limiting the death penalty to fewer offenses, though that might be an unpopular move for district attorneys who rely on public opinion to keep their jobs.

"The death penalty is the immediate satisfaction," Dieter said. "We've arrested this murderer and convicted him and we're giving the worst punishment. The fact is he won't be executed for 25 years."

No executions: That reality spurred Rendell's letter earlier this month. He signed 119 death warrants in his eight years as governor and as one of his last acts as governor approved the death penalty for 48-year-old Milton Montalvo, a York County man convicted of fatally stabbing and beating ex-girlfriend Miriam Ascencio and her friend, Nelson Lugo, in 1998.

None of the 119 prisoners have been executed, and 10 prisoners involved in York County murders remain on death row.

The House Judiciary Committee might examine the death penalty during the current session, said state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township.

The lawmaker said the system isn't fair to the prisoners who must endure the back-and-forth appeals process or the victims' families who must wait for justice more likely to come from nature than the courts.


"It's most frustrating to the family," Rebert said. "They've had their day in court. They've done everything they're supposed to do. They've suffered terribly and they are reluctant to be rebuffed by the courts time and time again."

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2011, 10:36:16 AM »
Considering how far DNA testing has come and the fact that there is still a hue and cry about potentially executing an innocent while all the evidence to contrary exists makes the death penalty and the justice system in PA a joke.

That being said, this will probably not go.

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2011, 06:18:43 PM »
any chance this one will happen thursday?
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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2011, 06:22:09 PM »
 Who didn't see this coming from a mile away...

http://www.ydr.com/crime/ci_17453368

Montalvo brother gets stay of execution

By RICK LEE
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Updated: 02/22/2011 04:47:08 PM EST
   

York, PA - A federal judge has issued a stay of execution for Milton Montalvo, who was convicted of two first-degree murders in York County.
He was scheduled for execution Wednesday.
As one of his last acts in office, Gov. Ed Rendell had signed a death warrant for Montalvo, 48, for the 1998 slayings of Miriam Asencio, 44, his estranged common-law wife, and her friend, Manuel Ramirez Santana, 37, in York.
Montalvo's brother, Noel Montalvo, 46, is on death row for the same murders.
Milton Montalvo filed for a stay in U.S. Middle District Court pending his federal appeal, and Chief Judge Yvette Kane granted the request.
Kane appointed the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to represent Montalvo in his appeal. That appeal is to be filed by Oct. 4. Kane said no filing extensions will be granted without good cause.
More about the case: According to trial testimony, Milton Montalvo and Asencio had come from Puerto Rico together. When Noel Montalvo and his wife followed in 1997, they stayed with the couple for four months.
On April 19, 1998, after Milton Montalvo and Asencio had parted ways, the Montalvo brothers forced their way into Asencio's apartment and killed her and her guest.
The brothers fled the state after the killings. Milton Montalvo was arrested in Miami in January 1999, when he was picked up in a Super Bowl prostitution sting.
Noel Montalvo remained at large until his arrest in New Jersey in August. Police raiding his apartment found the younger Montalvo hanging naked out of a second-story window.
Rendell signed Noel Montalvo's death warrant in July 2009, and scheduled the execution for Sept. 23 of that year. The execution was stayed by appeals to federal court.
In a letter to the Legislature before he left office, Rendell noted only three executions have been carried out since the death penalty was reinstated in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s.
One of those was Keith Zettlemoyer, a York County man who had been convicted in 1980 of killing of a man scheduled to testify against him in a robbery trial.
Zettlemoyer had waived his final appeals and asked that his sentence be carried out. He was executed in May 1995.

No stay so far for this murderer but he is getting uniquely close to his date. Hopefully justice can be carried out and the victim's family can find peace.  :-*

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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2011, 01:55:42 PM »
Who didn't see this coming from a mile away...

http://www.ydr.com/crime/ci_17453368

Montalvo brother gets stay of execution

By RICK LEE
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 02/22/2011 04:47:08 PM EST
   

York, PA - A federal judge has issued a stay of execution for Milton Montalvo, who was convicted of two first-degree murders in York County.
He was scheduled for execution Wednesday.
As one of his last acts in office, Gov. Ed Rendell had signed a death warrant for Montalvo, 48, for the 1998 slayings of Miriam Asencio, 44, his estranged common-law wife, and her friend, Manuel Ramirez Santana, 37, in York.
Montalvo's brother, Noel Montalvo, 46, is on death row for the same murders.
Milton Montalvo filed for a stay in U.S. Middle District Court pending his federal appeal, and Chief Judge Yvette Kane granted the request.
Kane appointed the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to represent Montalvo in his appeal. That appeal is to be filed by Oct. 4. Kane said no filing extensions will be granted without good cause.
More about the case: According to trial testimony, Milton Montalvo and Asencio had come from Puerto Rico together. When Noel Montalvo and his wife followed in 1997, they stayed with the couple for four months.
On April 19, 1998, after Milton Montalvo and Asencio had parted ways, the Montalvo brothers forced their way into Asencio's apartment and killed her and her guest.
The brothers fled the state after the killings. Milton Montalvo was arrested in Miami in January 1999, when he was picked up in a Super Bowl prostitution sting.
Noel Montalvo remained at large until his arrest in New Jersey in August. Police raiding his apartment found the younger Montalvo hanging naked out of a second-story window.
Rendell signed Noel Montalvo's death warrant in July 2009, and scheduled the execution for Sept. 23 of that year. The execution was stayed by appeals to federal court.
In a letter to the Legislature before he left office, Rendell noted only three executions have been carried out since the death penalty was reinstated in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s.
One of those was Keith Zettlemoyer, a York County man who had been convicted in 1980 of killing of a man scheduled to testify against him in a robbery trial.
Zettlemoyer had waived his final appeals and asked that his sentence be carried out. He was executed in May 1995.

No stay so far for this murderer but he is getting uniquely close to his date. Hopefully justice can be carried out and the victim's family can find peace.  :-*



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Re: William H. Houseman - Pnnsylvania Death Row - 2/24/11
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2011, 02:24:21 PM »
Pennsylvania routinely sets execution dates well before the inmate's appeal process is completed.  Of course this results in stay after stay after stay that we all decry so vigorously.  There has been little mention of Houseman so just maybe...but I wouldn't bet on it.
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