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Execution Log – 05/11/15-05/17/15: 05/12,Charles,TX

May 8, 2015

Here are copies of the e-mails I sent to people in states with scheduled executions asking them to intervene. Please e-mail, phone or fax appeals of your own. You are welcome to cut & paste.

 

TX       Derrick Charles                                scheduled 05/12/2015

 

You can e-mail Governor Greg Abbott at his website: https://gov.texas.gov/contact/

phone: (512) 463 2000
fax:       (512) 463 1849

 

other Texas contacts:

 

Pardons and Paroles
phone: (512) 406 5852
fax:       (512) 467 0945

Austin American Statesman
e-dress: letters@statesman.com

phone: (512) 445-3667
fax:      (512) 445-3679

Houston Chronicle
e-dress: hci@chron.com
phone: (713) 220-7491

 

 

I ask you, Governor Abbott, to stop your state’s execution of Derrick Charles. Mr. Charles is scheduled to be poisoned to death by the government of Texas next Tuesday, 05/12/2015, for the 2002 murders of Myiesha Bennett, her mother Brenda Bennett, and her grandfather Obie Lee Bennett.

 

Mr. Charles is a classic case of a misanthropic childhood combined with lifelong medical problems.  He was born prematurely to a mother with schizophrenia, causing him to require more care and limiting the care his mother could give him.  He suffered at least two seizures as a child and moved in and out of the juvenile justice system with regularity.  He committed these murders at nineteen years old with extraordinary violence impelled by his anger at accusations of child rape levelled by Ms. Bennett.  In this country we have a clearly established responsibility to provide our sick the treatment they need rather than killing them.  You must stay this execution so your state can reconsider its inhumane action in the case of Derrick Charles.

 

Former Attorney General of the United States Janet Reno, as well as myriads of scholars, can find no evidence that the death penalty deters capital crimes. In fact, the warden of the famous Sing Sing prison believes that the death penalty exacerbates the violence in his facility by setting an example of cold-blooded killing. Recent studies show that the largest increase in capital crimes is in the state of Texas, the state which executes the most people. As for vengeance, that is the Lord’s, not the government’s.

Please, Governor Abbott, stop this killing of Derrick Charles. If this execution goes forward, look around this country for the black armbands worn, and the church bells tolled, in protest of this injustice.

Thank you.

 

 

Execution Scorecard – 04/27/15-05/17/15

May 5, 2015

Last week (04/27/15-05/03/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

04/28      Robert Pruett                    TX          !!!Stayed!!! for new DNA testing                      

This week (05/04/15-05/10/15) see previous Execution Log for details

NONE Scheduled! 

Next Week (05/11/15-05/17/15) see next Execution Log for details

05/12      Derrick Charles                  TX          scheduled

05/12     Kimber Edwards                 MO         !!!Stayed!!! for new appeal

 

Execution Scorecard – 04/06/15-04/26/15

April 13, 2015

Last week (04/06/15-04/12/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

04/09      Kent Sprouse                    TX          executed                 

This week (04/13/15-04/19/15) see previous Execution Log for details

04/14     Andre Cole                         MO         scheduled

04/15     Manuel Garza                     TX          scheduled

04/16     Greg Hunt                           AL          !!!Stayed!!! pending Federal review of execution protocol

04/17     Albert Perez                       PA          !!!Stayed!!! pending further Federal appeals

04/17     Lance Arrington               PA          !!!Stayed!!! pending further Federal appeals

04/18     Robin Meyers                     AL          !!!Stayed!!! pending Federal review of execution protocol

Next Week (04/20/15-04/26/15) see next Execution Log for details

04/23     Richard Vasquez                TX          scheduled

 

 

Armband Alert: 04/09/15; Sprouse, TX

April 8, 2015

Please wear a black No Death Penalty! wristband tomorrow, 04/09/15, in protest of the poisoning to death of Kent Sprouse by the government of the state of Texas.  He is being executed in revenge for the murder of Police Officer Harry Marvin “Marty” Steinfeldt III in 2002.

Just the year before this crime, Kent Sprouse began exhibiting paranoid and schizophrenic behaviors.  After living a normal, hard-working life and with no criminal record, he committed these double murders during a psychotic episode and under the influence of dangerous illicit drugs.  In this country we have a clearly established responsibility to provide our sick the treatment they need.  Texas must stay this execution so the state can reconsider its inhumane and illegal action in the case of Kent Sprouse.

Please keep all those involved in your thoughts.

 

 

 

Execution Scorecard – 03/30/15-04/19/15

April 6, 2015

Last week (03/30/15-04/05/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

!!!None Executed!!!                      

This week (04/06/15-04/12/15) see previous Execution Log for details

04/09      Kent Sprouse            TX          scheduled 

Next Week (04/13/15-04/19/15) see next Execution Log for details

04/14     Andre Cole                 MO         scheduled

04/15     Manuel Garza           TX          scheduled

04/16     Greg Hunt                 AL          !!!Stayed!!! pending Federal review of execution protocol

 

 

Execution Log – 04/06/15-04/12/15: 04/09,Sprouse,TX

April 3, 2015

TX       Kent Sprouse                                scheduled 04/09/2015

You can e-mail Governor Greg Abbott at his website: https://gov.texas.gov/contact/

phone: (512) 463 2000
fax:       (512) 463 1849

 other Texas contacts:

Pardons and Paroles

phone: (512) 406 5852
fax:       (512) 467 0945

Austin American Statesman

e-dress: letters@statesman.com

phone: (512) 445-3667
fax:      (512) 445-3679

Houston Chronicle

e-dress: hci@chron.com
phone: (713) 220-7491

 

I ask you, Governor Abbott, to stop your state’s execution of Kent Sprouse. Mr. Sprouse is scheduled to be poisoned to death by the government of Texas next Thursday, 04/09/2015, for the 2002 murders of Pedro Moreno and 28-year-old Ferris Police Officer Harry Marvin “Marty” Steinfeldt III.

Just the year before this crime, Kent Sprouse began exhibiting paranoid and schizophrenic behaviors.  After living a normal, hard-working life and with no criminal record, he committed these double murders during a psychotic episode and under the influence of dangerous illicit drugs.  In this country we have a clearly established responsibility to provide our sick the treatment they need.  You must stay this execution so your state can reconsider its inhumane and illegal action in the case of Kent Sprouse.

Former Attorney General of the United States Janet Reno, as well as myriads of scholars, can find no evidence that the death penalty deters capital crimes. In fact, the warden of the famous Sing Sing prison believes that the death penalty exacerbates the violence in his facility by setting an example of cold-blooded killing. Recent studies show that the largest increase in capital crimes is in the state of Texas, the state which executes the most people. As for vengeance, that is the Lord’s, not the government’s.

Please, Governor Abbott, stop this killing of Kent Sprouse. If this execution goes forward, look around this country for the black armbands worn, and the church bells tolled, in protest of this injustice.

Thank you.

Execution Scorecard – 03/23/15-04/12/15 (A)

March 30, 2015

Last week (03/23/15-03/29/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

03/24      Donnie Johnson                               TN         !!!Stayed!!! for review of state’s execution protocol 

This week (03/30/15-04/05/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

!!!None scheduled yet!!! 

Next Week (04/06/15-04/12/15) see next Execution Log for details 

04/09      Kent Sprouse                                   TX          scheduled

 

Execution Scorecard – 03/16/15-04/05/15

March 24, 2015

 

Last week (03/16/15-03/22/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

03/17      Cecil Clayton                                    MO         executed

03/18      Randall Mays                                   TX          !!!Stayed!!! to review mental competence

03/19      Bill Kuenzel                                      AL          !!!Stayed!!! for further appeals 

This week (03/23/15-03/29/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

03/24      Donnie Johnson                               TN         !!!Stayed!!! for review of state’s execution protocol 

Next Week (03/30/15-04/05/15) see next Execution Log for details

!!!None scheduled yet!!!

 

 

 

 

Armband Alert: 03/17/15; Clayton, MO

March 16, 2015

Please wear a black No Death Penalty! wristband tomorrow, 03/17/15, in protest of the poisoning to death of Cecil Clayton by the government of the state of Missouri.  He is being executed in revenge for the murder of Deputy Chris Castetter in 1996.

Mr. Clayton suffered a life-changing brain injury in a sawmill accident as a young man.  Surgeons had to remove nearly one fifth of his brain, including sections primarily involved in decision making and impulse control.  His IQ plummeted to 71 and he spiraled into depression and divorce.  Many medical experts for both the state and the defense have evaluated Mr. Clayton, resulting in a diagnosis of chronic brain syndrome and the unanimous opinion that he does not qualify for execution under Missouri’s state constitution nor under the Federal constitution.  This execution is being condemned throughout the country and the world.

Please keep all those involved in your thoughts.

Execution Scorecard – 03/09/15-03/29/15

March 16, 2015

Last week (03/09/15-03/15/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

03/10     Brian Terrell                                      GA         !!!Stayed!!! to review LI poisons

03/10     Alfonso Sanchez                               PA          !!!Stayed!!! for further appeals

03/11     Manuel Vasquez                               TX          executed

03/12     Raymond Tibbetts                            OH         !!!Stayed!!! to review lethal injection poisons

03/12     Kevin Matisson                                 PA          !!!Stayed!!! for further appeals

 This week (03/16/15-03/22/15) see previous Execution Log for details 

03/17      Cecil Clayton                                    MO         executed

03/18      Randall Mays                                   TX          scheduled

03/19      Bill Kuenzel                                      AL          !!!Stayed!!! for further appeals 

Next Week (03/23/15-03/29/15) see next Execution Log for details

03/24      Donnie Johnson                               TN         !!!Stayed!!! for review of state’s execution protocol