July 2002 Executions

Three killers were executed in July 2002. They had murdered at least 4 people.
killers were given a stay in July 2002. They have murdered at least 3 people.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 10, 2002 Florida Natalie Brady, 68 Amos King stayed
Amos King, was sentenced to be executed for the murder of Natalie Brady, 68, who was raped, stabbed and beaten in her Tarpon Springs home in 1977. In March of 1977, Amos King was an inmate at Tarpon Springs Community Correctional Center, a minimum security work-release facility, where he was serving a sentence for larceny of a firearm. On March 17 he worked at a Clearwater restaurant from 5:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. the following morning. An inmate van picked him up at around 1:30 a.m., and he checked back into the facility at approximately 2:35 a.m. At about 3:40 a.m., the prison counselor, James McDonough, discovered King missing during a routine bed check. McDonough found King outside the building with blood on his pants. After McDonough escorted King back into the facility, a fight broke out between the two in which King repeatedly stabbed McDonough with a knife. King then fled the facility. A few minutes later, police and fire units arrived at Natalie’s house, which was ablaze, and found her body. Natalie’s home was just 1,500 feet away from the work release facility.
Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 10, 2002 Texas Ben "Doc" Murray Jose Briseno stayed
In late 1990, Ben Murray, the Sheriff of Dimmit County, was investigating a burglary case. The Sheriff met with Briseno to enlist his help in solving the burglaries. Several weeks later, on Sunday, January 6, 1991, the Sheriff was found dead in his home, with numerous stab wounds and a bullet wound to the head. At trial, testimony revealed that over five hundred dollars in cash had been taken from the Sheriff. Additionally, two of his pistols were missing. When Briseno was arrested, he had bandages on both hands. He told police that he had received the cuts in a fight on the previous Friday. While being held, he attempted to escape with several other inmates. After their capture, one of the other inmates told authorities statements Briseno made about the Sheriff’s murder. He testified that on the night of the Sheriff’s murder, Briseno and another defendant, Alberto Gonzales, appeared at the Sheriff’s home offering to sell some rings. Briseno and Gonzales did not have any rings for sale, but used the ring story to gain entry to the Sheriff’s home. A struggle began, and they stabbed the Sheriff. When Briseno and Gonzales could not take the Sheriff down, Briseno grabbed the Sheriff’s gun off a table and shot the Sheriff. Afterwards, Briseno and Gonzales stole some money from the Sheriff’s home and hid it. Basaldua also testified that during the escape Briseno showed him the spot where Briseno had buried the gun used to kill the Sheriff. Briseno dug up the gun but soon disposed of it in the same general area before the police caught the escapees. Upon being recaptured, Basaldua led the officers to the location where Briseno had hidden the gun, and the gun was recovered. At trial, the state introduced evidence demonstrating that blood taken from the Sheriff’s carpet compared positively with that of Briseno. The state’s serologist testified that the enzyme markers found in the blood are shared by Briseno and a little more than one percent of the Hispanic population in the United States. Additional evidence submitted at trial included bloody clothing that was found behind a sofa in a shed in which Briseno had been staying. That clothing contained enzyme markers consistent with Briseno’s and the Sheriff’s. Furthermore, a bullet of the same caliber and brand as that used in the stolen pistol utilized to kill the Sheriff was discovered at the shed. Moreover, a bloodhound tracked a lighter found near the Sheriff’s residence to the shed where Briseno had been staying. A jury convicted Briseno of Sheriff Murray’s murder and sentenced him to death. UPDATE: Briseno was granted a stay of execution based on his claim that he is mentally retarded.
Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 17, 2002 Mississippi Bruce Ladner Tracy Hansen executed
Cop killer Tracy Alan Hansen is scheduled to be put to death July 17, which would make him the 1st inmate executed in the state since 1989. On Monday, the state Supreme Court set the execution date. The date was set one week after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Hansen’s appeal. "No legal impediment exists to deter the resetting of an execution date," the state’s highest court said in its order Monday, signed by Justice George C. Carlson Jr. Hansen has exhausted his court appeals, said Assistant Attorney General Marvin ‘Sonny’ White, who handles capital murder appeals for the state. The chances of Hansen’s execution being carried out July 17 are "highly likely now," White said. The execution is set for 6 p.m., Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Griffin said. Previous executions in the state occurred after midnight. After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Hansen’s appeal, the state attorney general’s office requested an execution date from the state Supreme Court. Hansen is sentenced to die for the April 10, 1987, shooting death of Mississippi Highway Patrolman Bruce Ladner. Ladner died from gunshot wounds in the neck and back after he pulled over Hansen’s car on April 10, 1987, for speeding in Harrison County. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has said Hansen shouldn’t be executed because he was represented by an unqualified and unprepared lawyer. Hansen would become the 1st person in the state to die by lethal injection. On July 1, 1998, state law made lethal injection the form of execution for death row inmates. Hansen has been on Mississippi’s death row for almost 15 years for the April 10, 1987, shooting death of Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Officer Bruce Ladner. Mississippi’s last execution was in 1989, when Leo Edwards, 36, was put to death in the gas chamber for killing a convenience store clerk during a robbery in Jackson. Brandon Ladner, who lost his father when he was 11 years old, hopes justice is near. "We have been told so many times that it would be this year, then the next year but it would drag on," said Ladner, 26, a deputy with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. "Our family is all pro-death penalty, of course, and we are excited that there may be closure." Brandon Ladner said the family has been afraid Hansen would escape before he was ever executed. Family members were told Hansen had planned to escape from Unit 32 at the State Penitentiary on May 28, 2000, with Roy Harper and John Woolard. Harper and Woolard got away but were later recaptured. Hansen never escaped. Ladner was killed after he pulled over Hansen and his ex-girlfriend Anita Krecic during a routine traffic stop on I-10 in Harrison County. Hansen and Krecic were wanted in connection with a robbery in Florida. After Hansen shot Ladner, he and Krecic stole the officer’s gun and left the scene in Ladner’s patrol car. They were captured a short time later in Hancock County. Both were convicted of murder in Harrison County, but Krecic did not receive the death penalty and remains in prison. Hansen had an appeal denied by the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans in November 2001. At the time, Hansen claimed he was denied effective legal assistance during the penalty phase of his case and had key testimony in his defense excluded.
Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 19, 2002 Georgia Keith Patrick Young, 17 Timothy Carr stayed
The state set a July 19 execution date for Timothy Don Carr, a Monroe County man convicted of fatally stabbing and beating a 17-year-old Warner Robins youth in 1992. Carr, 32, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 9 a.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson, the Department of Corrections announced Wednesday. Carr was convicted and sentenced to death in 1994 for the murder of 17-year-old Keith Patrick Young. Prosecutors said Carr cut Young’s throat, stabbed him numerous times and bludgeoned him with a baseball bat. He also stole Young’s wallet and car after they left a party with Carr’s girlfriend, Melissa Leslie Burgeson. Burgeson, who allegedly goaded Carr into killing Young, also was convicted of murder. A judge in Butts County, where Carr had been on death row since his conviction, had overturned Carr’s death sentence on grounds that his trial attorney was ineffective. But the Georgia Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in a unanimous ruling in March 2001, saying Carr did not show that his lawyer’s actions affected the outcome of the trial. UPDATE: In an order issued Thursday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed course and granted Carr a hearing on his federal appeal that he be spared the death penalty. Last month, the 11th Circuit had refused to hear any issue of Carr’s appeal — the 1st time the appeals court had declined to even hear a death penalty appeal.
Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 23, 2002 Oklahoma Addie Hawley, 84 Randall Cannon executed
The Oklahoma state Court of Criminal Appeals set a July 23 execution date for a man convicted of beating an 84-year-old woman to death in 1985. Randall Eugene Cannon, 42, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the slaying of Addie Hawley, 84, in June 1985. The woman was taken from her northwest Oklahoma City home. Cannon and a co-defendant locked her in the trunk of her car and took her to a remote area and then beat her and set her and the car on fire, the attorney general’s office said. Cannon’s co-defendant, Lloyd LaFevers, was executed Jan. 30, 2001, for the crime. On the night of June 24, 1985, the lives of Loyd LaFevers and Randall Cannon became entwined forever with that of Colorado state Sen. Ken Chlouber. Prior to LaFevers execution, Chlouber declared his plans to watch LaFevers’ execution in McAlester, Okla. Addie Hawley was the aunt of Colorado state Sen. Ken Chlouber. "This guy committed the most horrible murder you could ever imagine," Chlouber said of the man convicted of killing his aunt. "It was almost 16 years ago. And this guy has continued to live – and live very well – at taxpayers’ expense. I mean, this guy should have been exterminated that very next day. I would have been glad to do it for them, without hesitation." LaFevers and Cannon murdered the matriarch of Chlouber’s extended Oklahoma family, 84-year-old Addie Hawley. They did it in such a vicious manner that even today, years after the crime, the officers who investigated it remember it for its cruelty. "I think this trip should be dedicated to seeing this vicious murderer fly through the gates of hell, and I want to be there when he does," said Chlouber. LaFevers and Cannon broke into Hawley’s Oklahoma City home shortly after she returned from church. The men went to Hawley’s house because they wanted to steal her car, according to trial testimony. After breaking into the home, they severely beat Hawley and stuffed her into the trunk of her car. They eventually drove her to a vacant lot, set her on fire and torched the car. When firefighters responded to the report of a grass fire, they found a nude and barely alive Hawley in the middle of a burned vacant lot. Based on a jailhouse confession, Oklahoma investigators are convinced Hawley also was repeatedly raped by LaFevers. He was acquitted of a rape charge. Hawley was still conscious when firefighters found her. They poured bottle after bottle of saline solution on the burns that covered 60% of her body. Her words were incomprehensible. By the time Chlouber’s mother and brother arrived at Baptist Hospital, she was near death and couldn’t speak at all. "There were no last words. That kind of always bothered my mom. You always want to say goodbye," Chlouber said. "I guess what bothered me more – or as much – was the effect it had on my mom." His mother went from being an "outgoing country gal" to a virtual recluse. After her sister’s murder, his mother had new locks installed on her doors and windows. "It virtually made her a prisoner in her own home," Chlouber said. His mother, while still a teenager, had moved from the Texas Panhandle to Oklahoma City to live with her sister after Hawley married. While she attended high school in Oklahoma City, Chlouber’s mother lived with Hawley. The 2 became "incredibly close. My aunt Addie was the oldest of all my momma’s brothers and sisters. So she was kind of the head of the family," said Chlouber. "Everything happened at Aunt Addie’s, everything happened there. This was the woman (Hawley) who in her whole life I don’t think she ever did anything wrong. We have so many gray areas in society anymore. Right and wrong was very clear to her." Chlouber says he has never wanted to sit down with the killers. "I have no desire to talk to him," said Chlouber. "I’d like to kill him. I’d like to kill him in the same manner he executed my aunt. I know my momma wouldn’t be proud of me for saying that. I’m probably not proud of myself for saying that. But that is just the way it is. There is no way around that. It’s real life, real people." Chlouber said he’s felt a little guilty being in Colorado, removed from what happened in Oklahoma. "It was always so devastating to my mom and to everybody down there that was still there," Chlouber said. "And of course, I was the one when growing up who couldn’t wait to get out of that dirt. I wanted Oklahoma in that rear view mirror. "So now I’m determined to see this through to conclusion. I just want to be there for the end. I want to see that period at the end of his sentence." UPDATE: Randall E. Cannon, 42, was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday after receiving an injection. Asked if he had any last words, Cannon said, "No," then looked at the ceiling and took a deep breath. The Supreme Court earlier Tuesday rejected his final appeal. Cannon had argued that the court’s June decision requiring that juries – not judges – hand down death sentences indirectly affected his case.
Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 30, 2002 Oklahoma Bradford Lee Beck, 41
Shirley C. Fox
Earl Frederick executed
A man who was charged in a Texas Panhandle slaying has been found guilty of murder in an Oklahoma case. Earl Alexander Frederick Sr., who says he has multiple personalities, was convicted in the beating death of Bradford Beck. Prosecutors said they believe Beck was robbed and then died of a blow to the head. Frederick was arrested in Dallas County on Nov. 19, 1989, and was accused of killing an elderly man. Frederick, formerly from Dallas, was charged with capital murder in the death of Shirley C. Fox in Texline. Fox died after receiving a shotgun blast to his face and numerous hammer blows to the head during an apparent robbery attempt, authorities said. Texas officials chose not to prosecute him since Oklahoma was seeking the death penalty. Beck’s body was found in a field in January 1990. He had been killed Nov. 11, 1989. Authorities linked Fox’s murder and the Oklahoma killing after officers learned that a pickup found at the site of Fox’s death belonged to Beck, officials said. Court records showed Frederick confessed to Beck’s death. Frederick gave police four names and told them one of his personalities, known as Jeff, made him do bad things. Prosecutors say Frederick is faking the multiple personality disorder. Frederick was found guilty in 1992, but the state Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial. UPDATE: The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set July 30 as the execution date for Oklahoma County death row inmate Earl Alexander Frederick, Sr. Attorney General Drew Edmondson requested the date June 7. Frederick, 51, was convicted of the November 1989 murder of 41-year-old Bradford Lee Beck. Beck’s partially decomposed body was discovered Jan. 15, 1990, in a field in the 8700 block of N.E. 23rd Street. The medical examiner listed the cause of death as undetermined head trauma and classified the manner of death as homicide. UPDATE: Earl Frederick was executed for the 1989 beating death of a Spencer man. Frederick, 51, who said he wanted his sentence carried out, was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection of drugs. He was convicted twice for killing Bradford Lee Beck. Frederick had told the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office he wanted to waive any appeals to his sentence. "Mere words cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel over my actions," Frederick said in a February 2001 letter to Assistant Attorney General Sandy Howard. "I am guilty of the crime, let there be no doubt of that." Beck’s mother Beatrice and his cousin Mark Smith were expected to witness the execution. "I never thought I would live to see the execution carried out," Beck’s family said in a statement. "I am relieved to know that justice will be served this evening." Frederick was first convicted in 1992 and sentenced to death for killing Beck. Beck’s body had started to decompose when it was found in a field in Midwest City on Jan. 15, 1990. The medical examiner listed the cause of death as undetermined head trauma.
Prosecutors said the 41-year-old Beck, a partially paralyzed Vietnam War veteran, befriended Frederick in November of 1989. Beck let Frederick stay with him and told his family that Frederick was an old war buddy. Beck said the two had stayed together at a veterans hospital. The second trial came in 1998 after a judge ruled Frederick, a former Noble assistant police chief, was competent to stand trial again. At the time of his arrest, Frederick told authorities one of his personalities, named Jeff, made him do bad things. Prosecutors argued Frederick was faking multiple personality disorder. He was convicted and again sentenced to death. "I certainly feel the conviction and sentence I received the first time was justified," Frederick said. "Just as it was (the second) time also."

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