Sheriffs McGee & Rigel set to witness execution Tuesday
Mississippi is set to execute two death row inmates this week, one of those men is Larry Mathew Puckett, 35. Puckett was convicted in 1995 for sexually assaulting and murdering a Forrest County woman. Two local Sheriff's vividly remember the case and reflect upon her death.
Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said, "There are certain crime scenes that just stand out in your mind and this is one of them. It was a very brutal crime scene."
Larry Mathew Puckett, then 18, was arrested two days later, then convicted and sentenced to death.
Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee recalls Puckett being detached from the incident." He didn't talk about it, and he didn't mind being in jail. The case was put together without him giving any kind of confession."
Rigel says, "I believe Rhonda was their only daughter, only child and it was very traumatic for them, as can be expected. That's not something you get over during your lifetime. They are still very emotional when you talk to them."
McGee said, "That had to be horrific for the mother to go into the trailer and witness what had gone on."
Those emotions returned to the surface last week when her daughter's killer asked the Supreme Court to block his March 20 execution. Puckett's lawyers claim prosecutors kept African Americans off of the jury, and his former lawyers never challenged his conviction on those grounds.
"It is not uncommon for one thing," said McGee, "I don't see how it was prejudiced to him since he is white, the victim was white, everybody involved was white. I don't see how that was prejudiced at all, having an all white jury."
I am not an attorney," said Rigel, "But I don't really know how that would play into anything. There was no minorities on either side of the incident and the courts have ruled."
If Puckett's petition fails, McGee, Rigel and the victim's parents will witness his death by lethal injection on Tuesday. http://www.wlox.com/story/17195434/m...-county-murder
The scumpals cannot be bothered with the parents who lost their only daughter,,,just the murderous POS thug who killed her!