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CLEVELAND (CBS/AP) – The father of one of three victims of Ohio serial killer Michael Madison leaped over a table to attack the defendant in court Thursday just minutes after the judge pronounced a death sentence. Van Terry is the father of victim Shirellda Terry. Shortly before the courtroom incident, Terry had approached the podium to address the judge and speak about the impact of his daughter’s loss.
“Right now, I guess we’re supposed to, in our hearts forgive this clown, who has touched our families, taken my child,” Terry said.
Terry then paused and turned to look behind him at Madison, who was sitting behind the defense table, before running towards the convicted killer and lunging over the table at him.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty against the man facing federal hate crime charges in the killings.
The decision means that both state and federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum penalty against Dylann Roof, 22, in the June 17 Emanuel AME Church shooting, which contributed to a national conversation about race relations and ultimately led to the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. (Click here to read the entire WLEX18 article)
(Huffington Post) -“A man who killed three people, including a sheriff’s deputy, in a dispute over drugs was executed by lethal injection in Missouri on Wednesday night.
Earl Forrest, 66, was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell said.Forrest killed an acquaintance, Harriet Smith, and a visitor at her house, Michael Wells, in a dispute over methamphetamine, on Dec. 9, 2002. He shot both of them in the face, within a range of a few inches, according to court records.”
Huntsville (AP)- “A 33-year-old man on death row for the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Southwest Texas woman whose remains weren’t found until two years after she vanished has received an execution date. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Wednesday the agency has received court documents setting Ramiro Gonzales for lethal injection August 10.”
(Alabama Lief) – “An Alabama circuit court judge has denied a request to suspend the May 12 execution date of Vernon Madison, who has been on the state’s death row for 31 years. Madison was convicted in September 1985, and sentened to death in Mobile County in the April 18, 1985 slaying of police officer Julius Shulte, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call. Madison was on parole at the time.”
(Daytona Beach News Journal)- “A jury voted 11 to 1 on Tuesday to recommend death for the third time for James Guzman, who used a sword to hack and slice a man in a 1991 Daytona Beach killing. James “Chico” Guzman was found guilty last week of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon for killing David Colvin, a 48-year-old businessman from Norfolk, Virginia, on Aug. 10, 1991, at what was then the Imperial Motor Lodge on South Ridgewood Avenue.”
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(Huffington Post) “A man described by a prosecutor as “pure damn evil” for killing two children and their father in 1998 was executed in Georgia on Wednesday. Daniel Anthony Lucas, 37, was put to death by lethal injection at 9:54 p.m. local time at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, the Georgia Department of Corrections said. Lucas confessed to fatally shooting Bryan Moss, 11, near Macon on April 23, 1998, after the boy arrived home from school and found Lucas and Brandon Rhode burglarizing the house, according to court records.”