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Author Topic: Mark Pickens Sentenced To Death in 2009 OH Murders Of A Mom and 2 Babies  (Read 5233 times)

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heidi salazar

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Trial Starts For Alleged Shooting Of Mom, 2 Babies

CINCINNATI -- On Thursday, it's expected a jury will be selected for the death penalty trial of a man charged with the murder of his girlfriend, her baby and a child she was babysitting.

Once a jury is selected to hear the case against 20-year-old Mark Pickens, it's expected they'll have to consider a jailhouse confession Pickens allegedly made to another inmate at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Prosecutors say Pickens told a fellow inmate that he shot 19-year-old Noelle Washington in the back of her head, as well as shooting and killing her infant son, 9-month old Anthony Jones III, and a child she was babysitting, 3-year-old Sha'Railyn Wright.

Detectives have said that Pickens committed the triple murder at an East 13th Street apartment during the morning of June 1, 2009 to keep Washington from testifying about charges he had raped her.

Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty in the case.

Since being arrested for the murders last summer, Pickens has been held in jail without bond.

In previous hearings, Pickens has plead not guilty to the murder charges, along with rape charges and felonious assault charges for allegedly shooting Washington's ex-boyfriend.

http://www.kypost.com/content/wcposhared/story/Trial-Starts-For-Alleged-Shooting-Of-Mom-2-Babies/XJ1Qqy8liUajJT78jwGV3A.cspx


heidi salazar

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Jury to view scene of Pendleton triple homicide

A jury is expected to be seated this morning in the death penalty, triple homicide trial of Mark Pickens.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Martin is so sure that will happen that he said today the jury will view the scene of the June 1, 2009, triple slayings and return Thursday morning for the trial’s opening statements.

Pickens, 20, is accused of shooting Noelle Washington, his former girlfriend, and two children last year in Washington’s Pendleton apartment.

Police say Pickens was upset that Washington reported to police that she’d been raped by Pickens so he went to her home and shot her in the head as she held her 9-month-old son in her arms. Pickens also is also accused of shooting that child, Anthony Jones III, in the forehead.

He also is accused of shooting to death a 3-year-old girl Washington was watching, Sha’Railyn Wright, because she knew Pickens and could identify him.

Sha’Railyn covered her head with her hands when Pickens pointed the gun at her, authorities said, but Pickens responded by shooting her in the hand with the bullet continuing into her head, killing her.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. They plan to call 30 witnesses. Pickens' lawyers have refused to say what his defense will be at trial.

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20100414/NEWS010702/304140008/

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http://www.kypost.com/content/wcposhared/story/Opening-Statements-In-Pickens-Triple-Murder-Trial/bwp11AyhiU6v-Ty705_n8A.cspx

Opening Statements In Pickens Triple Murder Trial

Last Update: 11:27 am

CINCINNATI -- Opening statements have begun in the triple murder trial for Mark Pickens, who is accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend, her baby son and a friend's toddler.

Two Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies swept the courtroom around 9:15 a.m. Thursday, asking spectators to move so the bottom of pews could be checked. Even the defense and prosecution tables got a security sweep by deputies prior to Pickens being brought into the courtroom.

The defense attorney table was crowded with at least four bankers boxes filled with files. A group of about a half dozen relatives and friends of the victim's families packed half of the courtroom waiting for opening statements to start. Judge Martin urged spectators to stay quiet throughout the trial and leave the courtroom if the testimony or evidence makes their emotions hard to control.

Pickens wore a dark blue dress shirt, long pants and ankle shackles as he was escorted into the courtroom around 9:28 a.m., minutes before Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin called court to order to begin hearing motions concerning the case. Jurors were finally brought into the courtroom around 25 minutes later.

The formal start of the death penalty trial comes the day after jurors were taken to see the scene of the shooting on Wednesday afternoon.

The triple shooting happened in a West 13th Street apartment in Pendleton, not far from Over-the-Rhine. Killed in the June 1, 2009 shooting were 19-year old Noelle Washington, her son, 9-month old Anthony Jones III, and a 3-year old girl Washington was babysitting, Sha'Railyn Wright.

Police have said that Pickens allegedly committed the murders because Washington had gone to police and reported that Pickens had raped her. Detectives say Pickens was also upset that Washington was continuing to have a relationship with the father of her baby.

Pickens is charged with the 3 murders, rape and illegally having a gun. He has been held without bond at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Pickens is also charged with shooting the father of the baby boy he killed, Anthony Jones, Jr. It's believed that Pickens will face charges for that shooting in a separate trial.

Prosecuting attorneys have said they may call as many as 30 witnesses after opening statements.







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Triple Murder Trial Expected To Wrap This Week

CINCINNATI -- On Monday, attorneys are expected to begin the defense of a West End man against triple murder charges and a possible death penalty.

After listening to prosecution take more than a week to make its case, there are indications defense attorneys in the Mark Pickens trial may be able to make their case in less than a day.

Their questioning will come after jurors saw some very dramatic evidence Friday.

Forensic evidence took center stage during prosecution testimony against the 20-year-old Pickens, who is accused of shooting to death an ex-girlfriend, her 9-month-old baby son and a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting.

Graphic pictures of the crime scene were shown to jurors, who also heard from a criminalist with the Cincinnati police.

Friends of the ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Noelle Washington, have said she told them that Pickens might try killing her because she accused him of rape. Other witnesses have said they saw Pickens with a gun the day before the murders.

The jury includes seven men and five women. They and four alternates have been told they may be sequestered during deliberations, which could come Tuesday or Wednesday.

http://www.kypost.com/content/wcposhared/story/Triple-Murder-Trial-Expected-To-Wrap-This-Week/RLqtiJuD506XpxU-yGSxHw.cspx

heidi salazar

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Pickens Found Guilty In Murder Of Kids, Young Mom

CINCINNATI -- A Hamilton County jury has found a West End man guilty of killing a young mother, her infant son and another child she was watching.

Twenty-year-old Mark Pickens now faces the death penalty after a jury found him guilty of three counts of aggravated murder.

Pickens was convicted in the June 1, 2009 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her 9-month-old son, Anthony Jones III and Sha'Railyn Wright.

The triple shooting happened in a West 13th Street apartment in Pendleton near Over-the-Rhine.

Jurors deliberated for 14 hours over the span of two days before reaching a verdict.

Key evidence in the case that led to Pickens' conviction were the phone records showing the contact between the two leading up to the time of the murder, statements from friends that said Washington was worried Pickens might take action after she accused him of rape and graphic photos of the crime scene shown during the week-long trial.

Police have said that Pickens allegedly committed the murders because Washington had gone to police and reported that Pickens had raped her.

Detectives say Pickens was also upset that Washington was continuing to have a relationship with the father of her baby and the fact she was planning to move out of town to start a new life in Nashville, Tennessee.

The jury will begin deliberations Tuesday morning on whether or not Pickens will be put to death for his crimes.

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story/Pickens-Found-Guilty-In-Murder-Of-Kids-Young-Mom/6eGGEqC_ikOjac-XIMMjVg.cspx?rss=703

Anne

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http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100504/NEWS010702/305040038
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Cincinnati.Com » OH Courts
Last Updated: 12:10 pm | Tuesday, May 4, 2010
By Kimball Perry • kperry@enquirer.com • May 4, 2010

A convicted triple murderer told jurors they erred in finding him guilty and asked them today that he not be executed.

"I did not do it," Mark Pickens said in an unsworn statement today to jurors. "I wouldn’t hurt anyone like that, especially children."

One of the victims’ family members in the audience was so upset at Pickens’ denial that she stormed out and slammed the courtroom door.

But the same jurors already found he did.

They convicted Pickens, 20, last week of three counts of murder, weapons charges and rape, setting the stage for today’s mitigation phase where jurors were asked to decide if Pickens should be sent to Death Row or spend life in prison.

"I feel worse for my mother than me. She cried all the time. She cannot believe this happened. Neither can I ... I'm so scared," Pickens told jurors. "I know you believe I did this but I didn’t. I beg you please don’t take my life."

If they don’t send Pickens to Death Row, jurors have three other sentencing options:
-25 years to life in prison.
-30 year to life.
-Life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Pickens gave an unsworn statement – he did not swear to tell the truth before he took the stand – so prosecutors couldn’t question him about the crimes.

Pickens’ mother, Truvena Griffin, also testified asking, jurors to resist recommending her son be killed.

“I love my son and I ask you to spare his life,” Griffin said.

Assistant Prosecutor Katie Burroughs asked jurors to recommend death because Pickens killed three people – his sometime girlfriend Noelle Washington, 19; her 9-month-old son, Anthony Jones III, and; Sha’Railyn Wright, a 3-year-old Washington was watching the night of May 31-June 1 in her Pendleton apartment.

Pickens shot Washington in the back of her head as she held her infant, shot the infant in the forehead and then shot the 3-year-old, who was covering her head with her hand, in the hand, the bullet passing through into her brain.

Pickens killed the trio because he was mad that Washington reported to police the day before that he raped her.

The jury returns at 12:30 p.m. to begin penalty deliberations.









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Pickens recommended death penalty for triple murder

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mark Pickens was recommended the death penalty by a Hamilton County jury late Tuesday afternoon.

Pickens was found guilty April 29 of the murders of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her son nine-month-old Anthony Jones III, and 3-year-old Sha'Railyn Wright, a little girl she was babysitting.

The judge in the case will give his sentence on June 4.

http://www.wxix.com/Global/story.asp?S=12425920

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This is the 5th death sentence handed down in Ohio so far this year compared to 3 in 2008 and 1 in 2009. I guess since Ohio is executing 1 a month there are plenty of vacancies.  ;)

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County judge handed down the death penalty to a man who killed his ex-girlfriend and two children.

Mark Pickens, 20, was convicted of killing 19-year old Noelle Washington, her son, nine-month old Anthony Jones III, and 3-year old Sha'Railyn Wright, a little girl she was babysitting. All three victims were shot in the head at point-blank range last summer in the Pendleton neighborhood of Over the Rhine.

The jury recommended Pickens receive the death penalty. Judge Steve Martin agreed, and sentenced Pickens to death. As he announced his sentence, Pickens hung his head.

During the sentencing hearing Thursday morning, Pickens told Judge Martin he was innocent. His attorneys argued that there were no credible witnesses and the fact that the jury deliberated for 17 hours shows they had questions about the case. They also said Pickens cooperated with police, so his life should be spared.

Family members of the victims said they were relieved.

"He got exactly what he deserves and I hope he suffers every day," said Noelle Washington's mother. "He needs to see what he did to not just my family, but everybody's family."

Investigators believe the motive for the murders was that Washington had told police that Pickens raped her, and he didn't want to go to prison for that crime.

http://www.wxix.com/Global/story.asp?S=12739335