July 2009 Executions

Three killers were executed in July 2009. They had murdered at least 12 people.
killers were given a stay in July 2009. They have murdered at least 10 people.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 1, 2009 Indiana Debra Jean Wrinkles, 31
Mark "Tony" Fulkerson, 28
Natalie "Chris" Fulkerson, 26
Matthew Wrinkles stayed

In June 1994, Matthew Eric Wrinkles’ wife Debbie and the couple’s two children, Lindsay and Seth, moved into the Evansville home of Tony and Chris Fulkerson, Debbie’s brother and sister-in-law. Wrinkles filed for divorce on June 30, 1994, and Debbie obtained a protective order that same day prohibiting Wrinkles from having any contact with her and the children. At a provisional divorce hearing on July 20, 1994, Debbie agreed to a rescission of the protective order, and Wrinkles and Debbie agreed that Debbie would retain custody of the children but Wrinkles would have reasonable visitation rights. Wrinkles and Debbie agreed to meet later that day at a local fast food restaurant so that Wrinkles could see his children, whom he had not seen in over a month. However, Debbie and the children never showed up. Wrinkles called his divorce attorney, who told him that although nothing could be done that night because the courts were closed, he would take care of it tomorrow. Wrinkles, still frustrated, called the Fulkerson home to speak with Debbie, but she was not there. When Debbie returned later that night, she called Wrinkles to set up a meeting for the next day, but there was no answer. Around 2 a.m. on July 21, 1994, Wrinkles parked his truck a block away from the Fulkerson home, put on camouflage clothing, painted his face, and armed himself with a.357 magnum revolver and a knife. He then climbed over a fence into the Fulkersons’ backyard, cut the telephone wires, and kicked in the back door. Wrinkles first approached Tony in his bedroom, shooting him four times in the presence of his three-year-old son. Awakened by the gunshots, Debbie entered the bedroom hallway and saw that Wrinkles had shot her brother. Debbie, who had already grabbed her gun for protection, shot Wrinkles in the arm and then fell to the floor. Lindsay, also awakened by the gunshots, entered the bedroom hallway and, upon seeing her father about to shoot her mother, pleaded, “Dad, please don’t shoot Mom.” Wrinkles responded “shut up” and then shot Debbie in the chest. In the meantime, Chris ran out the front door. Wrinkles followed Chris onto the front porch and shot her in the face at close range. Subsequent autopsies revealed that Tony, Debbie, and Chris each died from gunshot wounds. Police apprehended Wrinkles later that morning in Warrick County. The State charged Wrinkles with three counts of murder that same day and filed a notice of its intent to seek the death penalty on July 28, 1994. The trial court appointed salaried, part-time public defenders Dennis Vowels and Michael Danks to represent Wrinkles. The trial was held on May 15-19, 1995. The defense theory at trial was that because of a combination of Debbie depriving Wrinkles of access to his children and his methamphetamine addiction, Wrinkles broke into the Fulkerson home to get his children and shot the victims only after Debbie shot him and the other victims pointed guns at him. The jury found him guilty as charged. The penalty phase was held on May 20, 1995, and the jury returned a recommendation of death. A month later, the trial court, finding that the multiple murder aggravator outweighed the mitigators, imposed the death penalty.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 9, 2009 Oklahoma Paul Steven Morgan, 54
Orville Lewis Bullard, 60
Michael DeLozier executed

A jury convicted Michael P. DeLozier of two counts of first-degree murder for the Sept. 24, 1995, killings of Morgan, 54, and Orville Lewis Bullard, 60, at a campsite along the Glover River. Steven Morgan and Orville Bullard were camping in a converted step-van on the bank of the Glover River in northern McCurtain County. About 600 yards from their campsite was the "Tate bus," a bus also converted for camping. DeLozier, Glenney Dale Madison, Nathaniel Brandon Madison, and others were staying at the bus. Sometime on Saturday, September 23, 1995, DeLozier, the Madison brothers and James Oliver happened upon the Morgan campsite. They engaged in conversation for a few minutes. While there, DeLozier spotted a generator he thought would bring about $700 if stolen. Once back at the Tate bus, DeLozier mentioned stealing the generator. Several of the group, including DeLozier, talked about killing Morgan and Bullard and stealing everything they had. That night, DeLozier, carrying a single shot shotgun, Glenny Madison, carrying a.22 caliber rifle, and Nathaniel Madison, set off for the Morgan site. Once there, according to Nathaniel Madison, DeLozier stepped into the camper and fired a single shot toward the rear with the shotgun. Then Glenny Madison stepped into the camper and fired a shot from the.22 rifle. The group then stood near Morgan’s pickup where Glenny Madison fired several shots into the front of the camper. Nathaniel Madison shouted several times for the camper’s occupants to come out, saying nothing would happen to them. After several minutes, Morgan stepped from the camper. Upon doing so, DeLozier shot him once in the chest with the shotgun. DeLozier and Glenny Madison approached Morgan, and DeLozier took the rifle from Glenny and fired it once into Morgan’s face. The three loaded the generator and many other items from the campsite, some of which were taken from the camper, into Morgan’s pickup and took the stolen items back to the Tate bus. On the final trip back to the Morgan camper, the trio encountered headlights coming from the Morgan camp site. All three bailed out from the pickup and left it sitting in the road. George Vance was driving the vehicle which frightened the trio. He drove up on the Morgan camper and observed Morgan lying on the ground with his pants in his hands. Upon seeing this he turned around and got out as fast as he could. On his way out he found that he was blocked by Morgan’s abandoned pickup. He got out of his vehicle and moved Morgan’s pickup to the side of the road. Morgan was found lying on his back outside the camper in front of the door. His body had been burned. Morgan’s camper had been burned with the body of Bullard still lying in his bed. Morgan’s pickup had also been burned. The corroborative evidence in this case was as follows: testimony that DeLozier admitted killing two men while he was threatening another inmate in the county jail; DeLozier’s testimony that he left his camp site carrying the shotgun that was used in the murders; DeLozier’s admission that he stole from the victim’s campsite; and Vance’s testimony that he observed Morgan lying on the ground outside the camper before meeting DeLozier and the others on the road, corroborating Nathaniel Madison’s story that Morgan and Bullard were killed while all three were at the Morgan camp. Evidence revealed that DeLozier murdered two individuals. Both victims were together in a small camper. DeLozier stepped inside and fired a shotgun. Madison then stepped inside and fired a.22 rifle. Bullard was shot with a shotgun and a.22 rifle. Once back outside the camper, Madison fired several shots into the camper with the.22. Madison called for Morgan to come out of the camper after Bullard had been shot and told Morgan that nothing would happen to him. When Morgan stepped outside, he was shot and killed. DeLozier and the others went to the Morgan campsite with the intent to steal the generator and other property. DeLozier and the others had visited the Morgan campsite earlier, so they would be suspects in any theft. With Morgan and Bullard dead, there would be two less witnesses to point to DeLozier and the others as suspects. Furthermore, after killing Bullard, DeLozier could not leave Morgan to tell what had happened. With Morgan alive, a more timely search for the suspects would have been undertaken. These murders were undertaken in a cold-blooded manner. These two men were killed merely for their possessions, a generator and camping supplies. Even after this murder, DeLozier threatened to kill another inmate in the county jail. Prior to the murders, DeLozier killed a police dog and injured another. UPDATE: 32-year-old Michael P. DeLozier was executed for the Sept. 24, 1995, deaths of Orville Lewis Bullard and Paul Steven Morgan. Before the execution, DeLozier’s attorney released a statement in which DeLozier admitted killing the two men and apologized to the victims’ families. "I cannot wait to finish paying this debt I owe so I can apologize to the souls of Mr. Morgan and Mr. Bullard, and ask them to forgive me for my taking their lives,” DeLozier wrote. "To the families of my victims all I can say is I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused you. I hope my death will bring you some peace.”

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 14, 2009 Ohio Donald Nutley
Gary Farmer
Joseph Daron
Christine Guthrie
Jefferson Diffee
John Fautenberry executed

In November 1990, John Fautenberry, who had recently quit his job as a cross-country truck driver, met Donald Nutley at a truck stop outside Portland, Oregon, and the two men went target shooting together. After they had finished and were leaving the range, Fautenberry shot Nutley in the head and stole $10,000 from him. Fautenberry then drove to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he stayed with his sister for a short time before traveling to Connecticut to visit an old friend. In February 1991, while en route back to Cincinnati, Fautenberry — out of money and in need of gasoline to continue his travels — stopped at a truck stop in New Jersey. There he met Gary Farmer, who, after learning of Fautenberry’s need for money, offered to buy Fautenberry breakfast and give him money. Fautenberry got into the cab of Farmer’s truck, shot Farmer in the head, and took his wallet. Fautenberry then returned to his sister’s residence in Cincinnati. On February 17, 1991, after another brief stay in Cincinnati, Fautenberry again left his sister’s residence, this time on foot, in search of money. Fautenberry walked down Highway 125, in the eastern suburbs of Cincinnati, stopped at the on-ramp to Interstate 275, and began hitchhiking. Joseph Daron offered to give Fautenberry a ride. Daron intended to travel only ten miles north to his home in Milford, Ohio, but, upon learning that Fautenberry wanted to go north to Columbus, Ohio, he drove Fautenberry an extra ten miles and dropped him near the intersection of Interstate 275 and Interstate 71, which goes directly to Columbus. As he exited Daron’s vehicle, Fautenberry reached back into the car and shot Daron twice in the chest. Fautenberry then drove Daron’s car south to Cincinnati, and threw Daron’s body into a wooded area on the north bank of the Ohio River, where it was eventually found more than a month later by the local authorities. Fautenberry took Daron’s car, wallet, briefcase, wristwatch, and Bible, and returned to Oregon. Fautenberry arrived in Portland on February 24, 1991, and spent the next few days at the Oregon coast with some old friends and acquaintances, including a woman named Christine Guthrie. Guthrie accompanied Fautenberry back to Portland from the coast, and along the way, they stopped on an old logging road. Fautenberry escorted Guthrie to a secluded portion of the woods, shot her three times in the back of the head, and stole her bank card. A few days later, after withdrawing cash from her bank account, Fautenberry traveled to Juneau, Alaska, where he began working aboard a fishing boat. On March 13, 1991, Fautenberry met Jefferson Diffee at a local bar, and the two men went to Diffee’s apartment. While there, Fautenberry beat Diffee, handcuffed him, and stabbed him seventeen times, which resulted in his death. The local police discovered Fautenberry’s fingerprints at the scene of the crime, and on March 16, 1991, they arrested him for the murder of Diffee. The police then searched Fautenberry’s storage locker and hotel room, where they found Daron’s briefcase, wristwatch, and Bible. On March 17, 1991, while in police custody, Fautenberry called Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agent Larry Ott and left a message indicating that he wanted to talk. Agent Ott went to the jail, informed Fautenberry of his Miranda rights (which Fautenberry subsequently waived), and recorded Fautenberry’s confession to the murders of Nutley, Farmer, Daron, and Guthrie. Fautenberry accurately described the wounds inflicted upon each victim, and indicated that robbery was the motive for each killing. A few days later, Fautenberry called his old girlfriend, Olivia Priest-Herndon, and told her that he was “only after… money” and that he “did it so he gotta pay the price now.” Fautenberry also confessed to Tom Nelson of the Portland Police Department, informing Nelson where the bodies of Nutley and Guthrie were located. In August 1991, Fautenberry pleaded guilty in an Alaskan state court to the murder of Jefferson Diffee, and the court sentenced him to 99 years’ imprisonment. In September 1991, the Alaskan authorities transferred Fautenberry to Hamilton County, Ohio, the county in which Cincinnati is located, where a grand jury had returned a five-count indictment charging Fautenberry with two counts of aggravated murder (both pertaining to the death of Daron), aggravated robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and theft of a credit card. The aggravated murder charges included two specifications, either of which would render Fautenberry eligible for the death penalty under Ohio law: (1) killing Daron while committing aggravated robbery; and (2) killing Daron as part of a course of conduct involving the purposeful killing of two or more persons. Fautenberry waived his right to a trial by jury and later proffered a no-contest plea to all counts and specifications in the indictment. Under Ohio law, a capital defendant who waives his right to trial by jury and elects to be tried by the court, is actually tried by a three-judge panel. Furthermore, even on a no-contest plea, the prosecution must produce evidence to prove aggravated murder with the specified aggravating circumstances. The prosecution presented the three-judge panel with evidence, including the murder weapon, various other pieces of physical evidence, and transcripts of Fautenberry’s confessions to Agent Ott, Officer Nelson, and Ms. Priest-Herndon. After reviewing this evidence, the court concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that Fautenberry was guilty of all counts and specifications in the indictment, and accepted his plea. In September 1992, the three-judge panel held a sentencing hearing. The defense presented its mitigating evidence, which included testimony from Fautenberry, Dr. Nancy Schmidtgoessling, and friends who knew Fautenberry well. Those friends included Louise Corcoran (a long-time friend of Fautenberry’s family), Ms. Priest-Herndon (Fautenberry’s former girlfriend with whom he had lived), and Mary Theresa Slayback (a friend with whom Fautenberry lived during his early twenties). After hearing all of this evidence, as well as the testimony of the six law-enforcement officers presented during the mitigation hearing by the prosecution, the three-judge panel imposed the death penalty, finding that, despite the defense’s “thorough job in presenting the mitigating factors,” it was beyond a reasonable doubt that the aggravating factors sufficiently outweighed the mitigating factors. UPDATE: On July 8, 2009, Ohio governor Ted Strickland denied a clemency request from Fautenberry. Strickland said he thoroughly reviewed the case of 45-year-old John Fautenberry before making his decision. The Ohio Parole Board unanimously recommended last month that Strickland reject mercy for Fautenberry. UPDATE: Fautenberry declined to make a final statement before he was executed. John Fautenberry, 45, shook his head Tuesday and said no when technicians asked him whether he wanted to say any final words. Joseph Daron’s daughter Rachel, who was 4 when her father was murdered, attended the execution with her mother, but they remained in a waiting room and did not watch. The 22-year-old said she wished the execution had come sooner, but she did not expect to hear any last words from Fautenberry. "I knew he’s not sorry," she said. "He didn’t care. And even if he did, it’s not going to bring my dad back or any of the other victims back." Fautenberry died by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to delay his execution on a claim that he had brain damage. Six people watched the execution on behalf of victims’ families. Fautenberry had no family members or friends present. One of the witnesses was Charlene Farmer, the mother of Gary Farmer, a fellow trucker whom Fautenberry was convicted of killing. Afterward, she said she had traveled to Ohio from Tennessee for the execution with the hope that Fautenberry would finally apologize to her for killing her son. She said she believed Fautenberry died an easy death. "My son laid in the truck for they don’t know how long with a bullet in his brain," she said.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 14, 2009 Virginia Stacey Lynn Reed, 16 Paul Powell stayed

stacey reedIn January 1999, Robert Culver and his fiancĂ©e, Lorraine Reed, lived together in a small brick home on McLean Street in Manassas, Virginia, with Reed’s two daughters, Stacey Lynn Reed and Kristie Erin Reed. On January 29, 1999, Paul Warner Powell, then 20, went to visit the Reeds’ home. Powell was carrying two knives and a 9 mm handgun. Stacey, then 16 years old, left home to go to work, and Powell remained there alone with Kristie, who was 14. That afternoon, Kristie called her mother by telephone and informed her that Powell refused to leave the home. Kristie’s mother told Kristie to order Powell to leave. Kristie was concerned because Powell "kept walking back and forth down the hallway looking in the rooms." On the afternoon of January 29, 1999, Kristie arrived home from school and was startled to find Powell in her house. She asked Powell "where Stacey was." He replied, "she was in her room." Kristie walked to Stacey’s room, but Stacey was not there. Then, Kristie turned to enter her own room and saw Stacey’s body lying on the floor. Powell, who had followed Kristie to the bedroom, ordered Kristie to go downstairs to the basement. Kristie knew that Powell customarily armed himself with a knife. She had previously observed Powell with a butterfly knife and "another long knife that was in a brown pouch type thing." Powell forced Kristie to accompany him to the basement, where he ordered her to remove her clothes. She took her clothes off because she "didn’t want to die." Powell told Kristie to lay on the floor, and then he raped her. After Powell raped Kristie, he dressed himself, and he used shoelaces taken from Kristie’s shoes to tie her feet together. He also used shoelaces to tie her arms behind her back. Someone knocked on the door to the house, and Powell went upstairs, leaving Kristie naked and bound on the basement floor. While Powell was upstairs, Kristie was able to free her hands, and she tried to "scoot" across the floor and hide beneath the basement steps. Powell returned to the basement, removed Kristie’s eyeglasses, and strangled her until she was unconscious. Powell stabbed Kristie in the stomach, and the knife stopped within a centimeter of her aorta. He slashed her in her neck numerous times, and the repair of the knife wounds required 61 sutures. She had multiple stab wounds to her neck and abdomen. She also had wounds on her wrists. Robert Culver arrived at the home at 4:15 p.m. on January 29, 1999. He could not locate Kristie or Stacey. He went to the girls’ bedrooms and saw that Stacey’s room was in disarray. He entered Kristie’s room, turned on the lights, and found Stacey’s body on the floor. He observed blood on her body and saw that she was not breathing. When Culver went to the basement in search of a telephone, he discovered Kristie lying naked and bound on the floor, bleeding from her neck and stomach. He saw that she had been stabbed in the stomach and her "throat was slit pretty severely, many times." Culver found a telephone, dialed 911, and spoke to emergency response personnel. In a recent interview, Robert Culver said the worst part for him are the regrets of that day. He says he had a cold and that his boss told him he could leave early on that day. He almost took him up on the offer, but didn’t want the girls to think he came home early because he didn’t trust them to be alone. "Little things like that," he said. "I should have been home." Although Kristie was experiencing life-threatening injuries, she was able to tell police officers and paramedics that Paul Powell was her assailant. Stacey’s death was caused by a stab wound to her chest. The wound pattern indicated that the blade of the knife pierced her heart and was twisted upon withdrawal. The blade of Powell’s knife was consistent with the stab wounds. There were numerous bruises on Stacey’s head, neck, chest, abdomen, back, arms, and legs. She suffered stab wounds in her back and arm. She also had abrasions on her left hand and wrist that were characterized as defensive wounds. Stacey’s body contained bruises on her lower neck that were consistent with someone stepping or stomping on her face and neck. Police officers arrested Powell on January 30, 1999 at the home of a friend. The police officers also located a blue sports bag that belonged to Powell. A nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol with a full magazine containing 10 Winchester nine- millimeter cartridges was in the bag. The bag also contained a survival knife with a five and one-half inch blade inside a black sheath and a butterfly knife with a five inch blade. The survival knife sheath contained a dark reddish-brown stain. The DNA profile obtained from the stain on the sheath was consistent with the DNA profile of Stacey Reed and different from the DNA profile of Kristie Reed and Paul Powell. The probability of selecting an unrelated individual with a matching DNA profile is approximately one in 1.1 billion in the Caucasian population. After his arrest, Powell consented to several interviews with police officers. During one interview, he stated that he had been at the Reeds’ home on January 29, 1999 and that Stacey was dead because "she was stupid." Powell told the police officers that he and Stacey had an argument because she had a black boyfriend, and Powell "didn’t agree with interracial dating." Powell claimed that during the argument, Stacey attacked him and scratched his face, and then he pushed her to the floor. He claimed that Stacey attacked him again, and that she "got stuck" on his knife. Powell also initially denied raping Kristie. In a second statement to police officers, Powell admitted that he raped Kristie. The detective who interviewed Powell testified that Powell stated that he had to kill Kristie because "she was the only witness and he would have to go to jail." Powell was sentenced to death in August, 2000. In 2001, the Virginia Supreme Court overturned his death sentence, saying that prosecutors had failed to prove that Powell had raped Stacey which was part of the reason for defining the case as a capital murder. A murder that is committed in conjunction with another felony is one of the requirements for a death sentence and the appeals court felt that the rape of Stacey’s sister Kristie was a separate act. Under the erroneous assumption that this meant he could no longer face the death penalty, Powell wrote two letters to the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Prince William County, Paul Ebert. Below is the content of a letter that Powell wrote, dated October 21, 2001. "Mr. Ebert, Since I have already been indicted on first degree murder and the Va. Supreme Court said that I can’t be charged with capital murder again, I figured I would tell you the rest of what happened on Jan. 29, 1999, to show you how stupid all of y’all mother f*ckers are. Y’all should have known that there is more to the story than what I told by what I said. You had it in writing that I planned to kill the whole family. Since I planned to kill the whole family, why would I have fought with Stacie before killing her? She had no idea I was planning to kill everybody and talked and carried on like usual, so I could’ve stabbed her up at any time because she was unsuspecting. I had other plans for her before she died. You know I came back to the house after Bobby’s lunch break was over and he had went back to work. When I got back, she was on the phone so I went inside and I laid down on the couch. When the cab came to bring me my pager, I ran out of the house and she jumped and got off the phone and came off the porch to see why I ran out of the house like I did. When the cab left we went in the house. I laid on the couch again and she went to her room and got her clothes and went downstairs to do her laundry. When she went downstairs, I got up and shut and locked the back door and went downstairs. We talked while she put her clothes in the wash. We continued talking when she had everything in the wash and I reached over and touched her ti+ and asked if she wanted to f*ck. She said no, because she had a boyfriend. I started arguing with her because she had never turned anybody down because of having a boyfriend. We started walking upstairs, arguing the whole time. When we got upstairs we went to her room and she turned the radio off. After she turned the radio off I pushed her onto her bed and grabbed her wrists and pinned her hands down by her head and sat on top of her. I told her that all I wanted to do was f*ck her and then I would leave and that we could do it the easy way or the hard way. She said she would f*ck me so I got up. After I got up, she got up and started fighting with me and clawed me face. We wrestled around a little and then I slammed her to the floor. When she hit the floor I sat on top of her and pinned her hands down again. She said she would f*ck me and I told her that if she tried fighting with me again, I would kill her. When I got up she stood up and kept asking me why I was doing this and all I kept saying is take your clothes off. Finally she undid her pants and pulled them down to her ankles. She was getting ready to take them the rest of the way off and the phone rang. When she heard the phone she pulled her pants back up and said she had to answer the phone. I pushed her back and said no. She said that she wouldn’t say anything about me being there and I told her no and to take her clothes off. She tried to get out of the room again and I pushed her back and pulled out my knife. I guess she thought I was just trying to scare her and that I wouldn’t really stab her because she tried to leave again. When she got to me and tried to squeeze between me and the door jam I stabbed her. When I stabbed her, she fell back against the door jam and just looked at me with a shocked look on her face. When I pulled the knife out she stumbled a couple steps and fell in her sister’s room. I walked over and looked at her. I saw that she was still breathing so I stepped over her body and into the bedroom. Then I put my foot on her throat and stepped up so she couldn’t breath. Then I stepped down and started stomping on her throat. Then I stepped back onto her throat and moved up and down putting more pressure to make it harder to breathe. When I didn’t see her breathing anymore, I left the room and got some iced tea and sat on the couch and smoked a cigarette. You know the rest of what happened after that point. I would like to thank you for saving my life. I know you’re probably wondering how you saved my life, so I’ll tell you. You saved my life by f*cking up. There were 2 main f*ck-ups you made that saved me. The first was the way you worded my capital murder indictment. The second was the comment you made in your closing argument when you said we won’t know because he won’t tell us. One more time, thank you! Now y’all know everything that happened in that house at 8023 McLean St. on Jan. 29, 1999. I guess I forgot to mention these events when I was being questioned. Ha Ha! Sike! I knew what y’all would be able to prove in court, so I told you what you already knew. Stacey was dead and no one else was in the house so I knew ya’ll would never know everything she went through unless she came back to life. Since the Supreme Court said I can’t be charged with capital murder again, I can tell you what I just told you because I no longer have to worry about the death penalty. And y’all are supposed to be so goddamn smart. I can’t believe that y’all thought I told you everything. Well, it’s too late now. Nothing you can do about it now so f*ck you you fat, c*cksucking, c*m guzzling, gutter slu+. I guess I’ll see your bi+ch a$$ on Dec. 18 at trial because I’m not pleading to shi+. Tell the family to be ready to testify and relive it all again because if I have to suffer for the next 50 or 60 years or however long then they can suffer the torment of reliving what happened for a couple of days. I’m gone. F*ck you and anyone like you or that associates with people like you. I almost forgot, f*ck your god, too. Jesus knows how to suck a d*ck real good. Did you teach him? Well, die a slow, painful, miserable death. See ya punk. Do you just hate yourself for being so stupid and for f*ckin’ up and saving me? Sincerely, Paul Powell." In a statement to a police officer on November 2, 2001, Powell gave the following description of Stacey’s murder: "She walked over to and uh I pushed her back. And then she walked over to me again I think and then I pulled my knife out and you know, and she looked at me you know. I guess she thought I wouldn’t stab her or whatever. So she tried to leave and go to answer the phone. That’s that….. After she got stabbed, she just looked at me for a minute you know and then you know, she…she was surprised and them um, I pulled the knife out, you know she stumbled a few steps, fell down in Christy’s doorway. I just walked over and looked at her. And I stepped over top of her and stepped on her throat and then stood on her throat and then stomped on her throat… then I stood on her throat until I didn’t see her breathing no more…..What I’m saying I was stepping on her. I’m saying I put all my weight on her. I’m saying that I put my foot there you know and then I lifted myself up to where I was standing on top of her. Started stomping on her throat. And then man, I just stood on her throat again until I didn’t see her breathe no more." Before he raped Kristie, Powell knew that he intended to kill her. In response to a police officer’s question: "Before you raped Kristie, you knew you were going to kill her; didn’t you?", Powell responded: "I really didn’t have a choice; did I?" While incarcerated in jail awaiting his capital murder trial, Powell sent a letter to Lorraine Reed, the mother of Stacey and Kristie. Powell enclosed a photograph of a partially nude woman. Powell wrote: "Lorraine, I was wondering if you might be able to help me think of something. I found this picture in a magazine and it kinda looks like someone I know or used to know, but I can’t think of the persons name. I think you know the person too, so I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the person this picture resembles so I can quit racking my brain trying to think of it? I would appreciate it. If you don’t know the person I’m talking about, ask Kristie or Kelly Welch because I know they know who I’m thinking of. If you talk to the person I’m talking about, please give her my address and tell her to write me." The partially nude woman shown in the photograph resembled Lorraine Reed’s daughter, Stacey. Powell wrote a letter to a friend while he was incarcerated. He stated: "About when you asked me why I wouldn’t do to you what I did to Stacie, I couldn’t ever hurt you because you mean to much to me. See Stacie didn’t mean anything to me. She was a ni**er lover and some of her wannabe skin head friends were supposed to kill me. That’s part of the reason why she died. Almost everything that happened in that house was planned. The only thing that wasn’t planned was trying to f*ck Kristie. What was supposed to happen was, Stacie was supposed to die, and did, Kristie was supposed to die and then I was going to wait for their mom and stepdad to get home and I was going to kill them and then I was going to take their moms truck and then I was gonna go to North Carolina and knock this dude off that stole all of my clothes and everything else I owned. I had been thinking about doing it for along time but I could never bring myself to do it. I don’t know what happened to make me finally do it. I feel bad for doing it. Stacie was a good kid." Powell wrote, in another letter: "Hey babe, what’s happening? Not too much here. I writing you to see if you could get one of your guy friends to do me a favor. You know that Kristie is telling the cops things and that she is going to testify against me in court. I was wondering if you could get somebody to go to a pay phone and call Kristie and tell her she better tell the cops that she lied to them and tell her she better not testify against me or she’s gonna die." Powell sent the following letter to the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Prince William County: "Fat Ebert, "What’s up you fat head f*cker? I’m just writing to tell you, since you want to kill me so Goddamn bad for killing your ni**er loving whore, set up a court date closer than Oct. 25 so I can go ahead and get this bullshi+ over with and plead guilty so you can kill me and get it over with, unless you want to let me out so I can kill the rest of the ni**er lovers and all the ni**ers, Jews, Sp*cs and everybody else in this f*cked up country that’s not white. That includes you because you are a ni**er loving Jewish f*cking fa**ot. I will see you in hell bi+ch. your buddy, Paul Powell – P.S. Watch your back!" The jury viewed writings and drawings taken from Powell’s jail cell that demonstrated his hatred of people who were not Caucasian. Additionally, the jury heard evidence that Powell told police officers that he was a racist and described his violent racial views. He stated, "everybody that ain’t white shouldn’t – he needs to die." Powell had told a police officer that he wanted to purchase a gun to "kill somebody. Kill a lot of somebodies… just for something to do." The jury was aware of Powell’s criminal record, including three convictions for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two larceny convictions, and three felony convictions for abduction, rape, and attempted capital murder of Kristie. In supporting the jury’s finding that Powell’s conduct was "outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in that it involved… depravity of mind and… aggravated battery to the victim beyond the minimum necessary to accomplish the act of murder, the criminal appeals court in Virginia commented, "The day before Powell committed these gruesome crimes, he went to the victims’ home and surveyed the interior of the house. He returned the next day and tried to rape Stacey, who struggled with him. He stabbed her in the heart, twisted the knife, and reinserted the knife in her heart. He stomped upon her throat and he placed the entire weight of his body on her throat until she died. Next, he drank a glass of iced tea, smoked a cigarette, and waited for Stacey’s younger 14-year-old sister to return home. When Kristie arrived, Powell directed her to her sister’s body, forced her downstairs into the basement, and raped her on the floor. He then tied her hands and feet while she was naked, choked her until she was unconscious, stabbed her in the stomach, and slashed her neck numerous times in an attempt to kill her." After the vicious attacks, Powell had snuck out the back door, leaving Kristie for dead. He drove with a friend to Washington and bought some drugs, then returned to the friend’s girlfriend’s house where the drank beer and ordered a pizza. They were still waiting for it to be delivered when police knocked on the door. Powell did not know his younger victim had survived and identified her attacker. UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution while it considers whether whether to hear his argument that he was unconstitutionally tried twice for the murder.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 16, 2009 Texas Michael David Moore, 32 Kenneth Mosley stayed

michael mooreOn February 15, 1997, Mosley murdered Garland, Texas police officer Michael Moore, 32, while attempting to rob a bank in Garland. Employees called police after noticing Mosley inside the bank acting suspicious. As one of the first officers to arrive at the scene, Officer Moore entered the bank in full uniform and approached Mosley, noticing that the would-be bandit had his hand stuck in his waistband. When Officer Moore told Mosley to show him his hands, a struggle ensued and the two crashed through a glass window. Witnesses heard several shots fired before Mosley re-entered the bank through the broken window and was shot in the wrist after flashing his pistol at a second police officer. Officer Michael Moore died the afternoon of the shooting. He suffered at least four bullet wounds to the torso. Mosley claimed at trial that he walked into the bank unaware that he had a gun in his pocket and then "remembered" that he had it when the police officer working in the bank asked him what was in his hand. He claimed that he tried to pull the gun only to "get rid of it," and in the ensuing struggle, he shot the officer. However, Mosley pointed his gun at the officer and shot him several times while he was on the ground outside the bank after the struggle took them through the window. Mosley admitted that he was aware of the risks involved in pulling a gun in a crowded bank in front of a police officer. UPDATE: This execution is postponed until September 24.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 21, 2009 Ohio Joseph Wilkerson
Danita Gullette
Sarah Abraham
Marvin Washington
Wendy Cottrill
Marvallous Keene executed

Marvallous Keene, was sentenced to death for the aggravated murders of five victims. The offenses occurred on December 24 and 26, 1992. In December 1992, Keene was consorting with a group of people, including several juveniles, who at various times stayed at Bill McIntire’s apartment at 159 Yuma Avenue, Dayton. This group included Laura Taylor, DeMarcus Smith, Nicholas Woodson, Heather N. Mathews, Wendy Cottrill, Marvin Washington, and Jeffrey Wright. On December 24, 1992, Keene and Taylor enlisted Mathews to help them rob Joseph Wilkerson, an acquaintance of Taylor’s. Taylor told Mathews that she had arranged for the three of them to go to Wilkerson’s house on the pretext of having an orgy with Wilkerson. Mathews agreed to take part in the robbery. Keene, Taylor, and Mathews walked to Wilkerson’s house. After a drink, Wilkerson and Taylor went to the bedroom. After waiting briefly, Keene and Mathews followed them. Wilkerson began to take his clothes off. Taylor and Mathews pretended to do the same. Keene began to remove his own pants, then pulled them back up and drew a gun. He ordered Wilkerson onto the bed, then commanded Taylor and Mathews to tie Wilkerson’s hands to the bed. While Keene watched Wilkerson, Taylor and Mathews went through the house, looking for things to steal. They took a microwave oven, a TV, a cordless phone, a curling iron, and a blow dryer, which they loaded into Wilkerson’s Buick. Wilkerson told Keene that he kept a.32-caliber derringer in the garage. Keene found it and brought it back to the bedroom. Keene subsequently confessed that he shot Wilkerson in the chest with the derringer, after covering him with blankets to muffle the noise. Taylor and Mathews, hearing the shot, returned to the bedroom and saw Keene holding the derringer. Wilkerson’s feet were shaking. Keene handed the derringer to Taylor, but it would not fire again. So Keene gave Taylor his own gun, and Taylor shot Wilkerson in the head. Wilkerson stopped shaking. Keene and his accomplices then left in the Buick. Keene warned his accomplices not to tell Cottrill and Washington. Later that evening, Keene, Taylor, and Smith went walking. Keene and Smith were carrying guns. Keene later confessed to police that, as they were walking, they saw Danita Gullette at a public telephone. Smith and Keene drew their guns, and Smith forced Gullette at gunpoint to take her shoes off. Smith and Keene then shot Gullette. Smith took her shoes and jacket. When they returned to the apartment, Taylor was wearing Gullette’s jacket and Smith was carrying Gullette’s shoes. Later that night, Smith shot Mathews’s boyfriend, Jeffrey Wright, outside 159 Yuma. Keene, Mathews, Taylor, and Smith then left in Wilkerson’s Buick. On December 25, Keene returned to Wilkerson’s house and stole more items, including Wilkerson’s other car, a Pontiac. Also on December 25, Taylor robbed and murdered her former boyfriend, Richmond Maddox. Early in the morning of December 26, Mathews drove the Pontiac to a BP service station, where Keene and Smith stole Kathie Henderson’s car at gunpoint. Keene and Smith drove off in Henderson’s car; Mathews followed in the Pontiac. Later that morning, Mathews drove the Pontiac to the Short Stop Mini-Mart, with Keene, Smith, and Taylor in the car. Taylor went into the store, then came back to report that there were only two people inside. Mathews handed a.32-caliber revolver to Smith; Smith and Keene were also carrying.25-caliber automatic pistols. Keene and Smith went into the store. Sarah Abraham, whose family owned the store, was working behind the cash register. Keene ordered her at gunpoint to open it. Abraham did so and removed $40, which she handed to Keene. Keene shot Abraham in the head. Several days later, Abraham died of her wound. Smith also shot at two other people, Jones Pettus, a customer, wounding him, and Edward Thompson, a helper, both of whom survived and testified against Keene. Later that day, Taylor and Mathews discussed "jumping" Cottrill because they "thought she was telling on us." According to Mathews’s testimony, there was no discussion of shooting her. However, in a subsequent conversation with Keene, Taylor, Mathews, and Woodson, Smith said that "he was going to unload a clip in [Marvin Washington’s] ass." According to Keene’s confession, Smith "thought that Wendy and Marvin were going to snitch about [Smith] shooting Jeff Wright." The group discussed picking Washington and Cottrill up and taking them "to a park or something." The group drove to 159 Yuma and picked up Washington and Cottrill. They dropped Woodson off at his home, then drove to a gravel pit. At the gravel pit, Smith ordered Washington out of the car, and Keene dragged Cottrill out. Washington and Cottrill protested that they had not gone to the police or "snitched." Keene and Smith forced them at gunpoint to walk behind a pile of gravel. There, Keene shot Cottrill, and Smith shot Washington. The grand jury indicted Keene on eight counts of aggravated murder — two counts each for Wilkerson, Washington, and Cottrill; one count each for Gullette and Abraham. The Wilkerson counts each carried six death specifications (course of conduct, escaping detection, two aggravated robbery, two aggravated burglary). The Cottrill counts each carried four death specifications (course of conduct, witness-murder, two kidnapping). The Washington counts each carried three death specifications (course of conduct, witness murder, kidnapping). The Gullette and Abraham counts each carried two death specifications (course of conduct, aggravated robbery). The indictment also included six counts of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated burglary, one count of burglary, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of attempted aggravated murder. All counts carried a firearm specification. Waiving a jury, Keene was tried to a three-judge panel, which found him guilty on all counts. The panel found four death specifications as to Wilkerson’s aggravated murder counts (course of conduct, escaping detection, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary); however, the panel merged the "escaping detection" and felony-murder specifications. The panel found three death specifications on the Cottrill murder (course of conduct, kidnapping-principal offender, witness murder), three on the Washington murder (same), and two on the Gullette and Abraham murders (course of conduct, aggravated robbery). The Wilkerson, Washington, and Cottrill aggravated murder counts were merged so that only one remained for each victim, a total of five. After a mitigation hearing, the panel sentenced Keene to death on each of the five counts. The court of appeals affirmed.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 23, 2009 Texas Jesus "Jesse" Montoya, 20 Roderick Newton stayed

On March 8, 1999, Roderick Dashad Newton and Julian Paul Williams went to a car wash in Dallas, Texas, with the intent to find someone to rob. Newton engaged Jesse Montoya in conversation, and then called Williams over to accompany him into Montoya’s truck. Newton drove the truck to an ATM, told Williams to go with Montoya to get Montoya’s money, and threatened to shoot Montoya if he ran. When Newton made that threat, his gun lay in his lap. After Montoya was forced to withdraw two hundred dollars, Newton drove Montoya and Williams to a field near an abandoned house in Mesquite, east of Dallas and ordered Montoya out of the truck. There, Newton took Montoya’s shoes and necklace and, after hearing Montoya say that he remembered faces, shot Montoya twice, killing him. Newton pawned the jewelry the next day. At the time of the killing, Newton was wanted by authorities in Dallas for violating probation from an earlier misdemeanor theft conviction. At his trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Newton, a native of Hartford, Conn., had 27 misdemeanors and felony offenses over a seven-year juvenile and adult criminal record. Montoya was shot after being forced to withdraw $200 from an ATM. Newton was arrested about two weeks later after Williams was picked up during a traffic stop and cooperated with police. Newton was arrested after a police chase that ended with him crashing into a car, then running from the scene on foot. He was found a few minutes later hiding in a trash bin. Williams testified against Newton and accepted a 10-year prison term.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 28, 2009 Texas Cecilia Schneider, 93 Clifton Williams stayed

Cecelia SchneiderOn July 9, 2005, then 21-year-old Clifton Lamar Williams broke into the home of a 93-year-old woman and beat and stabbed her to death. The medical examiner testified that there was also evidence of strangulation. Williams placed the victim’s body on a bed and set the victim’s body and the bed on fire. One of the police detectives involved in the case testified that this destroyed incriminating evidence. Williams stole the victim’s car and and purse. Prosecutors also believed the victim had been raped. Williams also threw away the clothes that he was wearing, disposed of the murder weapon, and lied to his family and to the police about his involvement in the offense. Williams initially denied any involvement in the offense, but eventually told the police that Jamarist "Monterral" Paxton, an acquaintance, forced him to participate in the offense and that his own involvement in it was minimal. The police were unable to find any other evidence to substantiate this claim, and Monterral testified at Williams’s trial that he was not involved in the offense. The overwhelming weight of the evidence supports the State’s factual theory that Williams acted alone in murdering the victim. While awaiting trial, Williams, known as "Crazy C" on the streets, had several altercations with jail staff and other inmates and was also found in possession of a razor and a jail trustee’s jacket. The State presented the testimony of two psychological experts, both of whom testified that Williams is dangerous. An appeals court found that the jury’s answer to future-dangerousness special issue was supported by legally sufficient evidence showing that Williams brutally murdered the elderly victim in order to obtain money to support a drug habit and that Williams had attacked an elderly person before to obtain money to support a drug habit. They also found that while in jail, Williams was trying to have a witness killed. Police said neighbors spotted Clifton Williams on the night of the crime in the same neighborhood Cecilia called home. Officers searched the area around Callahan Street and Fannin Avenue, where Williams lived. When they found him, police said Williams led officers on a brief foot chase, then ran to his father’s home to hide. Police said William’s father brought his son to the police department. A woman who lived in the vicinity of the crime Schneider said Williams had been dating her niece for a couple of months prior to the murder. She said on many occasions Williams come to her house, including the night of the murder. She was one of the people who alerted police he was in the area. Her home was only a few doors down from Mrs. Schneider’s home. After Williams was arrested, Mrs. Schneider’s daughter, Barbara Holder said, "We have such relief that this guy is off the streets now and can’t do this to anyone else." She expressed gratitude for the quick arrest. Her heart still hurts for the mother she has lost, but Barbara was grateful for all those she said helped find the man that took her mother away from her. "The people, the people are the ones that did this. They are trying to make the community safe and it’s safer now with this guy off the streets." After 4 weeks of testimony, a jury took about 4 and a half hours to deliberate before finding Williams guilty of Cecilia’s murder.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 28, 2009 Pennsylvania Johnetta Bryant Junious Diggs stayed

On March 16, 2002, thirteen-year-old Kaneesha Cooper was sitting on her front porch on Beaumont Street in Philadelphia while her mother Johnetta Bryant and Kaneesha’s two brothers were inside. Kaneesha was playing with her friend Marquis, and her brothers were upstairs watching television; Johnetta was in the first-floor dining room. At approximately 7:00 p.m., Junious Diggs, a neighbor known to Kaneesha as “Binky,” arrived and asked if Kaneesha’s mother was home. Kaneesha — who was aware that Diggs had recently argued with her mother — indicated that she would get her mother from inside and bring her out, but that Diggs should not go inside because her mother might be getting dressed. Diggs did not wait, however, and entered the home directly behind Kaneesha, pushing the latter out of the way to approach Johnetta. When Diggs saw Johnetta, the two started arguing. Kaneesha picked up the phone to call the police because her mother had told her that Diggs was not allowed in the house. While trying to place the call, Kaneesha heard her mother say, “Get out of my house,” to which Diggs replied, “Okay, you going to call the cops, try to get me locked up?” He then produced a gun and shot Johnetta a total of ten times, killing her. Kaneesha ran to her friend’s home nearby and summoned the police. When the police arrived, Kaneesha’s twin brother Klinton told them that he heard gunshots while upstairs with his younger brother. Kaneesha, who was now back at her home, told police that “Binky” shot her mother. Kaneesha and her siblings were transported to the police station, where she gave a statement and identified Diggs from a photo array. Meanwhile, Diggs fled the state and was ultimately apprehended two months later upon his return to Philadelphia. An autopsy revealed that Johnetta was shot twice in the groin, once in the upper arm consistent with a defensive wound, once in the face, and six times in the back of the head. The medical examiner testified that some of the wounds were consistent with an individual standing over Johnetta and shooting downward. In this regard, a Crime Scene Unit officer who inspected the scene also observed that at least four shots were fired at close range in a deliberate downward motion, penetrating an area of the carpet that was saturated with blood. Three of these rounds landed in the basement, and one became embedded in the dining room floor. No empty shell casings were recovered from the basement. On March 5, 2004, a jury found Diggs guilty of first-degree murder, burglary, criminal trespass, and possessing an instrument of crime. At the conclusion of the penalty phase, the jurors found one aggravating circumstance — that the killing was committed in perpetration of the felony of burglary. Having unanimously concluded that the aggravating circumstances outweighed any mitigating circumstances, the jury set the penalty at death. The court formally imposed the death penalty and additionally sentenced Diggs to an aggregate term of seven-and-a-half to fifteen years’ imprisonment for burglary and possessing an instrument of crime. The court did not impose a separate sentence for criminal trespass, as it considered the offense to merge with burglary for sentencing purposes. There are still appeals pending and the execution is not expected to take place on this date.

Date of scheduled execution State Victim name Inmate name Status
July 30, 2009 Pennsylvania Mary Louise Figueroa
Eugene Jefferson
Ralph Stokes stayed

On March 11, 1982, Ralph Trent Stokes and Donald Jackson robbed Stokes’s employer, a restaurant known as Smokin’ Joe’s Korner, in Philadelphia, owned by the famous heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier. Armed with guns, Stokes and Jackson entered the restaurant before it opened. Stokes herded the employees into the walk-in refrigerator and threatened to kill them if they failed to cooperate. Despite the fact that Stokes wore a ski mask, the manager and some of the employees recognized him. In response to being identified by his co-workers, Stokes shot and killed two of them, Mary Louise Figueroa and Eugene Jefferson. Stokes terrorized and threatened two other employees, Renard Mills and Pierre Blassingame, but did not shoot them. However, when a United States Postal Service employee happened onto the scene, Stokes shot him in the face, killing him. The two robbers fled when the gun reportedly jammed. Jorge Figueroa, who co-managed the restaurant with his wife Mary, arrived to pick her up and found the bloody scene. Both Stokes and Jackson were arrested and charged with the murders. Jackson cooperated with the prosecution and agreed to testify against Stokes in exchange for a guilty plea to second-degree murder and a life sentence. The prosecution proceeded to trial against Stokes and sought the death penalty. At trial, Jackson testified that he willingly participated in the armed robbery that Stokes had devised. However, Jackson told the jury, the shootings were not part of the plan and Stokes killed his co-workers because they would have identified him. Mills, who escaped death on the day of the robbery, also testified for the state. He knew Stokes from working with him at a previous job. Mills described the robbery and the murder of his co-workers; he too identified Stokes as the shooter. On July 22, 1983, the jury found Stokes guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and related charges. Following a penalty hearing, the jury found two aggravating circumstances: creating a grave risk of death to another person in addition to the victim of the offense, and killing while in the perpetration of a felony. The jury found no mitigating circumstances and sentenced Stokes to death after deliberating for less than an hour.

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