HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former gang member was put to death Tuesday evening for the fatal shootings of three rivals 14 years ago in San Antonio.
Miguel Paredes, 32, was convicted along with two other men in the September 2000 slayings of three people with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The victims’ bodies were rolled up in a carpet, driven about 50 miles southwest, dumped and set on fire. A farmer investigating a grass fire found the remains.
Paredes was pronounced dead at 6:54 p.m. CDT, 22 minutes after being injected with a lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital. The execution was delayed slightly to ensure the IV lines were functioning properly, said Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. The procedure calls for two working lines.
Normally needles are placed in the crease of an inmate’s arms near the elbows, but in Paredes’ case, prison officials inserted IV lines into his hands.
As witnesses entered the death chamber in Huntsville, Paredes smiled and mouthed several kisses to four friends watching through a window and repeatedly told them he loved them. He told everyone gathered that he hoped his victims’ family members would “let go of all of the hate because of all my actions.”
“I came in as a lion and I come as peaceful as a lamb,” Paredes said. “I’m at peace. I hope society sees who else they are hurting with this.”
As the drugs began taking effect, he took several deep breaths while praying. He started to snore and eventually stopped.
The execution was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a last-day appeal from attorneys who contended Paredes was mentally impaired and his previous lawyers were deficient for not investigating his mental history.
His was the 10th lethal injection this year in Texas, the nation’s most active death-penalty state. One other Texas inmate is set to die in December and at least nine are scheduled for execution in early 2015, including four in January.
Prosecutors said Paredes was the most aggressive shooter when Nelly Bravo and Shawn Michael Cain, both 23, and Adrian Torres, 27, showed up to collect drug money at the home of John Anthony Saenz, a leader in Paredes’ gang.
Defense attorneys argued that Paredes, who turned 18 six weeks before the slayings, grew up in a neighborhood where the only way to survive was to join a gang.
No friends or relatives of the victims attended Paredes’ execution. Cain’s family said in a statement afterward that Cain was “no longer with us for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“Our family has waited 14 years for justice to finally be served,” the statement said.
Paperwork carrying Saenz’s name was found in the debris with the victims’ bodies and helped police solve the case. Saenz, 32, claimed self-defense and avoided the death penalty when jurors sentenced him to life. The third man convicted in the killings, Greg Alvarado, 35, pleaded guilty and also is serving life in prison.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Missouri is preparing to execute a man who wasn’t able to appeal his conviction in federal court because his attorneys missed a filing deadline to do so.
Mark Christeson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. CDT Wednesday for the killing of a woman and her two children in 1998.
Christeson had two appeals pending with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. One challenges the state’s planned use of a made-to-order execution drug produced by an unnamed compounding pharmacy. The other argues that Christeson deserves the chance to appeal his case in federal courts, which is the norm for inmates sentenced to death.
Christeson would be the ninth person executed by Missouri this year, which would equal the state record set in 1999.
Of course this killer who murdered 6 people is appealing his case. Our Supreme Court refuses to limit the never-ending frivolous appeals of these characters.
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The most prolific killer in Kentucky’s death row is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow him to reopen his case and overturn his convictions and death sentence.
Prosecutors have until Nov. 10 to respond to a petition from 58-year-old Robert Carl Foley, who is awaiting execution for killing six people in eastern Kentucky in 1989 and 1991. That’s more slayings than any of the state’s 34 death row inmates.
Foley lost a bid in April at the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The judges concluded that Foley failed to show he was denied a constitutional right when a federal judge turned away his efforts to continue fighting his conviction.
He had been seeking to challenge his trial attorney’s handling of ballistics evidence and potential expert testimony.
That’s right. a Frankfort Circuit Judge, Phillip Shepherd ordered a moratorium on executing any of the condemned killers on Kentucky’s death row 4 years ago in 2010, while he considered the constitutionality of the method of execution in Kentucky.
Here it is almost 2015 and STILL no decision by this guy.
At the same time other states have continued to execute condemned killers by lethal injection.
What’s going on? Seems pretty strange,.
DELAY – DELAY – DELAY – IS WHAT THESE CONDEMNED MURDERERS WISH FOR AND THEY SEEM TO BE GETTING THEIR WISH IN KENTUCKY
by Kent Scheidegger
We have mentioned several times on this blog the possibility of dumping “lethal injection” and returning to gas as a method of execution. One possibility is to simply displace oxygen with a neutral gas, the cheapest and most readily available of which is nitrogen.
Amy Jenson reports for KXII:
“State Representative Mike Christian of Oklahoma City suggests using nitrogen gas for executions. Christian says it would be painless for inmates and
affordable for Oklahoma.
Local State Representative Pat Ownbey says he’s in favor of a more humane method, and wants to see more research on the gas. Now, several professors at East Central University in Ada will take on the task.
Christian has organized a team of researchers at East Central University to study the gas and its effects. Professor Michael Copeland claims nitrogen hypoxia will make people feel euphoric or drunk. If a person inhales nitrogen gas, the person will quickly become unconscious and die within minutes.”
There was not an inch on his body that had not been bruised or scarred or injured,” said Dixie Bersano, one of Coleman’s trial prosecuto
by Kent Scheidegger
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.
Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her.
She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital.
Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year. Nationally, she’s the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. During that same time, nearly 1,400 men have been put to death.
Coleman was condemned for the death of Davontae Williams, whose emaciated body was found in July 2004 at the North Texas apartment Coleman shared with his mother, Marcella Williams.
Paramedics who found him dead said they were shocked to learn his age. He weighed 36 pounds, about half that of a normal 9-year-old. A pediatrician later would testify that he had more than 250 distinct injuries, including burns from cigarettes or cigars and scars from ligatures, and that a lack of food made him stop growing.
“There was not an inch on his body that not been bruised or scarred or injured,” said Dixie Bersano, one of Coleman’s trial prosecutors.
Women are a much smaller proportion of death row than of the general population, but we don’t hear the same wailing and gnashing of teeth that we do with racial “disproportion.” It’s perfectly obvious to everyone that women per capita commit fewer murders overall and far fewer murders deserving the death penalty than men, and therefore comparison with the general population is irrelevant. Why are so many people blind to the same truth on the racial angle?
But there are a few. Torture and starvation of a child definitely does it.
Twelve minutes. No indication of a problem. Pentobarbital is the way to go if we can get it. Write your congressman and demand action lifting importation restrictions and outlawing resale restrictions in contracts.
DON’T YOU KNOW THAT THE ANTI-DEATH PENALTY ZEALOTS IN THOSE STATES WISH THEY HAD A JUDGE LIKE KENTUCKY’S PHILLIP SHEPHERD.
Remember he’s the Frankfort judge who has put Kentucky’s executions on hold while he does nothing HELL, It’s been 4 years FOUR YEARS.
I’m certain he will be named the Public Defenders’ OUTSTANDING CIRCUIT JUDGE and put in their HALL OF FAME with Rep. John Tilley and Tom Jensen (authors of the wimpy, criminal-friendly, soft-on-crime House bill 463).
NOW, BACK TO MISSOURI & TEXAS
Missouri and Texas Prepare to Execute Convicted Killers: Two men, one from Missouri and the other from Texas, are scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. after more than decades on death row. Jim Salter and Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press report that Earl Ringo Jr. from Missouri was sentenced to death in 1998 for murdering two people during a robbery attempt. Texas inmate Willie Trottie, also a convicted double-murderer, was sentenced to die more than 20 years ago. The executions will be the eighth in each state so far in 2014.
Hey, remember how the anti-death penalty zealots keep shouting “why can’t the USA be more like the ‘civilized’ countries like England and other western European countries?”
Well, I’ve been telling you that the regular citizens in those European countries favor re-instating the Death Penalty, BUT the “RULING POLITICAL CLASS” won’t let them vote on reinstating it.
WANT PROOF? HERE IT IS!!
50 YEARS AFTER THE LAST EXECUTION IN BRITAIN, PEOPLE STILL TEND TO SUPPORT THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE DEATH PEANALTY, BY 45% TO 39%.
50 years ago today two unremarkable murderers became the last people to be executed in Britain, on 13th August 1964. Few expected their sentences to be the last of their kind, but that year the death penalty for murder was suspended for a trial period and in 1969 it was abolished completely.
The Commons vote which ended capital punishment was a milestone for British justice, yet YouGov research finds it to be one of those issues where the views of the British public go against the political consensus.
By 45-39% people tend to support the reintroduction of the death penalty for murder.
Support has been dropping steadily – in 2010, 51% were in favour and 37% opposed, and people born after 1964, in the 18-39 age bracket, tend to oppose its reintroduction. This may suggest that we are approaching a moment when people will tend to oppose it, but we are not there yet.
Interestingly, in the US where the death penalty is still legal in some states, YouGov research has found that confidence in its effectiveness as a deterrent is lower (35% compared to 45% in Britain).
The method of Britain’s last state executions – hanging – is also disapproved of by 68-23% amongst all British people, and even by 49-45% amongst those who favour reintroducing capital punishment. Lethal injection is seen as the most appropriate method, approved of by 51% of the general public and 88% of those pro-reintroduction.
MISSOURI SCHEDULED TO EXECUTE RAPIST, MURDERER TONIGHT
by Kent Scheidegger
On the night of September 29, 1995, [Michael] Worthington broke into [Melinda] Griffin’s St. Charles County condominium. He used a razor blade to cut through the screen in the kitchen window and confronted Griffin in her bedroom.
After strangling her into unconsciousness, Worthington raped Griffin with such force that he [caused severe physical injuries]. Griffin regained consciousness during the rape and attempted to fight Worthington, but he beat her and strangled her again, this time killing her. He then stole her jewelry, credit cards, mobile phone, keys, and car.
Guilt was confirmed by DNA and by Worthington’s possession of Ms. Griffin’s jewelry and keys. He also confessed. The judgment was affirmed on direct appeal in State v. Worthington, 8 S.W.3d 83 (Mo. 1999).
For a case with no question of guilt to drag on for another 15 years after the direct appeal is a travesty,
But long-overdue justice is finally scheduled for tonight. Carey Gillam has this story for Reuters noting the scrutiny of this execution after the Wood execution in Arizona. But Missouri still has pentobarbital, the superior drug for this purpose as noted here and here.
Louisville, KY – I just read in the Louisville Courier-Journal that serial murderer LARRY LAMONT WHITE was sentenced to death by a Jefferson County jury. This killer was convicted of raping 22 year-old Pamela Armstrong, mother of 5, and then shooting her twice in the back of her head.
Louisville police cold case unit was able to solve the case thanks to the re-examination of physical evidence which contained the defendant’s DNA.
GREAT WORK by Prosecutors Mark Baker and Andrew Beckmann of the Jefferson Commonwealths Attorneys Office. As well as the Louisville Metro Police Department Detectives.