Virginia Caudill and Johnathan Wayne Goforth

Caudill

Virginia Caudill, then and now.

Female/White, 39 years old at the time


Victim:  Lonetta White

In Fayette County on March 15, 1998, Virginia Caudill and accomplice Jonathon Goforth entered the home of a 73-year-old female and beat her to death, shattering her skull. The victim was the mother of Caudill’s estranged boyfriend and the two had gone to her home to ask her for money, supposedly to buy crack cocaine. Caudill and Goforth then ransacked her home and stole numerous items of valuable personal property, including guns, jewelry and a mink coat.  They then wrapped her body in a rug and placed it in the trunk of her own car and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire.  The victim was burned so badly that she could not be recognized.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  murder which occurred during the commission of a burglary and robbery.

 Virginia Caudill was sentenced to death March 24, 2000.

GOFORTH

Johnathan Wayne Goforth Then and Now

Male/White, 39 years old at the time

Victim: Lonetta White

On March 15, 1998, Johnathan Wayne Goforth and his accomplice, Virginia Caudill, entered the home of 73 year oldLonetta White and beat her to death. Her skull was shattered. After killing her, they burglarized her home. They then placed her body in the trunk of her own car and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire. The victim was burned so badly that she could not be recognized.

Johnathan Wayne Goforth was sentenced to death March 24, 2000.




Thomas Clyde Bowling
Lexington Death Row Inmate Thomas Bowling will be removed from “Killers on Kentucky’s Death Row”. Bowling died while residing on Kentucky’s Death Row. His appeal was allowed to drag on for 23 years!

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Thomas Clyde Bowling, then and now.

Male/White, 37-years-old at the time


Victims:  Tina and Eddie Earley, 2-year-old son shot but survived

In Fayette County in 1990, this killer, Thomas Clyde Bowling, caused his vehicle to collide with a vehicle occupied by Tina and Eddie Earley and their two-year-old son while they were parked in front of their small dry cleaning business.  Bowling exited his vehicle, approached the Earley’s vehicle, and intentionally fired gunshots at them at point-blank range, killing Tina and Eddie Earley and wounding their child.  Bowling then returned to his car but walked back to the Earley’s car to make sure they were dead, and then drove away.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  multiple murders.

Was previously scheduled to be executed in 2004.




Ralph Baze: this guy was convicted in 1994 of murdering two law enforcement officers. He was scheduled to be executed in 2007. His never-ending (21 years) appeals continue today.

You Death Penalty opponents might be interested in Ralph Baze’ plea for LOVE.

This killer wants pen pals.  This is part of his webpage request.  What a guy!

“Hi my name is Ralph and I am a Death Row inmate. I am looking for a few pen pals that like to write and maybe help get some of my paper work transferred to computer disk. Trying to work with and through the system is not getting me anywhere so I need to be able to find a voice on the outside of these walls to help me get my story out. Hopefully finding a friend or 2 along the way too. Would like a relationship with the right lady that could be more then Pen pals. Times get lonely in here.”

Baze

 

Ralph Baze, then and now.

Male/White, 36-years-old at the time


Victims:  Sheriff Steve Bennett & Deputy Arthur Briscoe

Ralph Baze resided in Powell County, Kentucky.  He had been convicted twice of felonies and was wanted in Ohio for Assault of a Police Officer, Bail Jumping, Receiving Stolen Property, and Flagrant Nonsupport. On January 15, 1992, the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office in Toledo, Ohio, notified the Powell County authorities that they wished to extradite Baze on the felony counts. When Deputy Sheriff Arthur Briscoe arrived at Baze’s cabin to arrest him, Baze escaped through a trapdoor, retrieved his SKS assault rifle from behind the cabin, and fled into the woods. Deputy Briscoe left to recruit additional officers to assist in the arrest. He came back, followed by Sheriff Steve Bennett.

Gunfire ensued. Later, Baze testified that Deputy Briscoe had shot him first, striking him in the leg. Baze shot back at the officers. Sheriff Bennett opened the back door of the police cruiser, crossing directly into Baze’s line of fire. Baze shot him three times in the back and then started to walk toward Deputy Briscoe, who continued to shoot at Baze over the hood of the cruiser until he ran out of ammunition. Baze was too close to give him time to reload. Deputy Briscoe attempted to escape, but he was shot in the back by Baze, who then approached the injured officer and shot him in the head at point-blank range. Baze then fled on foot to adjoining Estill County where he surrendered without incident that evening. Ralph Baze was tried in Rowan County, convicted, and sentenced to death February 4, 1994 for shooting the officers.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  the murder of a sheriff and deputy sheriff, while in the line of duty, and multiple murders.

Was previously scheduled to be executed in 2007.

This killer wants pen pals.  This is part of his webpage request.  What a guy!

“Hi my name is Ralph and I am a Death Row inmate. I am looking for a few pen pals that like to write and maybe help get some of my paper work transferred to computer disk. Trying to work with and through the system is not getting me anywhere so I need to be able to find a voice on the outside of these walls to help me get my story out. Hopefully finding a friend or 2 along the way too. Would like a relationship with the right lady that could be more then Pen pals. Times get lonely in here.”




Ronnie Lee Bowling

Ronnie L. Bowling, then and now.

Male/White, 20 years old at the time


Victims:  Marvin Hensley & Ronald Smith

In Laurel County in 1989, this killer, Ronnie L. Bowling, executed two service station attendants in separate robberies. He shot and killed a service station attendant during the early morning hours of January 20, 1989, shooting the victim six times in the head, chest and back. In the early morning hours of February 22, 1989, Bowling shot and killed a service station owner in the head and hand. Bowling was arrested after attempting to rob a third service station on February 25, 1989. Bowling entered the station and had a brief conversation with the owner. As he turned to leave, he pulled out a revolver and began shooting at the owner, who was able to avoid the gunfire.  The Kentucky State Police were notified and they followed Bowling for some thirty miles before he finally stopped and was arrested.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstances which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  multiple murders and murders which occurred during the commission of a robbery.

Ronnie Lee Bowling was sentenced to death December 9, 1992.



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