The execution of Alfredo Prieto: Witnessing a serial killer’s final moments
– He entered the death chamber at 8:52 p.m. Thursday, and was dead by 9:17 p.m.
– A diverse crowd of witnesses watched every moment intently, some in the chamber with him, some victims’ family members and friends in a room peering through one-way glass, and then about 18 more people – Lawyers, corrections officials, and four reporters including me — facing him straight on from another room.
-We watched what appeared to be an utterly painless death for a man who brutally killed nine people and devastated nine families, and here is how it unfolded:A muted injection process, watched by two dozen hushed witnesses.
Fairfax Co., VA Prosecutor RAY MORROGH witnessed the killer’s death by lethal injection.
-“I thought Prieto died a much easier death than any of his victims, he said. He passed very quietly. The way he was administered the lethal injection and went to sleep, I’ve seen family and friends struggle to the last heartbeat. His death was a lot easier than those women who begged for their lives.” (Click here for full Washington Post article)
Posted by Bill Otis
The title of this post is taken from Debra Saunders’ spot-on and mind-bendingly ironic column in today’s SF Gate. As Ms. Saunders notes:
California has a new Death Row — it’s called Virginia. Death penalty opponents, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin Death Row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder to another state than seeing his sentence carried out here. There has been no execution in California since a federal judge effectively halted the practice in 2006.
There is undoubtedly someone more deserving of execution than the killer facing his imminent punishment in Virginia, but it’s hard to think of one off-hand:
Take serial killer Alfredo Prieto. In 2005, Prieto was on San Quentin’s Death Row for the 1990 rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Riverside County, when DNA evidence linked him to three 1988 murders in Virginia.
Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California sent Prieto to Virginia, where killers sentenced to death actually face the likelihood of execution. (Authorities say evidence links Prieto to nine murders.)
In 2010, a Virginia jury sentenced Prieto to death for the murder of Rachel Raver and Warren Fulton, both 22. Prieto is scheduled for lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Virginia Thursday night.
Just 13 inmates have been executed in California since the death penalty resumed in 1978. Prieto will become the second√ California Death Row prisoner to be executed in another state.
We will probably never know how many innocent people are dead because Prieto wasn’t executed before now.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he will not intervene in the scheduled execution of a convicted serial murderer, allowing the execution to move forward this week.
Tom Jackman of the Washington Post reports that 49-year-old ALFREDO PRIETO received two death sentences in 2010 for the 1988 murderers of Rachel Raver and Warren Fulton III, and was also linked by DNA to another Northern Virginia murder that occurred that same year.
It is believed Prieto committed nine murders between 1988 and 1990. He received a death sentence in California for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl. Prieto’s defense lawyers claimed he was mentally retarded in his 2007 and 2008 trials in an effort convince the juries to spare his life, but the juries in both trials convicted him of capital murder. He faces death by lethal injection Thursday night.
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Charleston Shooter Wants to Deal: The man accused of shooting nine parishioners at a church in South Carolina is willing to plead guilty to murder charges in order to avoid the death penalty, his attorney said Wednesday.
Harriet McLeod of Reuters reports that a guilty plea would also avoid a trial in the case against Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white man who gunned down nine black churchgoers during a Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.
The case’s latest hearing addresses whether a judge will release 911 calls and police reports about the June 17 massacre, all of which were sealed by a judge in July. In addition to state murder charges,
Roof faces 33 federal hate crime and weapons charges that could also result in a death sentence.
An Illinois lawmaker is planning to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would restore capital punishment in certain cases.
The death penalty was abolished in the state in 2011. Evie Allen of WSIL reports that Democratic state Senator Bill Haine, a former state’s attorney for Madison County, will propose the bill to allow a death sentence in cases involving:
1. serial killings,
2. the murder of a child, seniors,
3. persons with disabilities,
4. murders of witnesses, and
5. murders of correctional and law enforcement officers.
Capital punishment was abolished in the state in 2011 by Gov. Pat Quinn, 12 years after Gov. George Ryan suspended executions and commuted the sentences of 167 death row inmates to life in prison.
After A Decade Without Executions, Arkansas Sets Dates To execute 8 Inmates Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) this week set lethal injection dates for eight men on death row, for the first executions in the state in nearly a decade.
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1.) Killer, David Zink, a Missouri death-row Inmate who raped a 19-year-old woman then tied her to a cemetery tree and sliced her spinal cord launches 11th-hour appeal to stop his execution
2.) David Zink, 55, crashed into Amanda Morton, 19, on Interstate 44 in 2001
3.) He had just finished 20-year jail term, feared the crash violated his parole
4.) Zink abducted Morton, took her to a motel, raped her, took her to cemetery
5.) He laughed as he told police how he broke her neck and sliced her spine
6.) Jury sentenced Zink to death in 2004. He is due to die at 6pm CDT Tuesday
7.) Missouri Supreme Court rejected appeal, now it goes to US Supreme Court
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A veiled woman who stabbed an American teacher to death in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall toilet before planting a handmade bomb was executed at dawn today. Emirati Alaa Bader al-Hashemi, 30, had been convicted of killing Ibolya Ryan, a mother-of-three who used to live in Chicago, on December 1 last year.
Hashemi was also found guilty of placing a handmade pipe bomb outside an Egyptian-American doctor’s home in the United Arab Emirates capital on the same day – although the device failed to explode
Nebraska sheriffs back death penalty petition
The Nebraska Sheriffs’ Association has voted unanimously to back a petition aimed at restoring the death penalty.