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toe
08-28-2002, 06:32 PM
Aug. 28, 2002, 7:13PM

Death row inmate Toronto Patterson executed
Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE -- Apologetic but maintaining his innocence, a former teenage drug dealer was executed this evening for killing a 3-year-old cousin at her Dallas home -- one of three relatives gunned down -- so he could steal some fancy car wheels.

"I am sorry for the pain, sorry for what I caused my friends, family and loved ones," Toronto Patterson, now 24, said while strapped to the death chamber gurney.

"I feel a great deal of responsibility and guilt for what happened.

"I should be punished for the crime, but I do not think I should die for a crime I did not commit."

Patterson said that while he was sorry, nothing could bring back the victims. He prayed his death would bring peace and unite his family.

"I ask for your forgiveness and that you will all forgive me," he said. "I invite you all to my funeral. We are still family."

As the drugs began taking effect, Patterson exhaled and then gasped. Nine minutes later at 6:20 p.m. CDT, he was pronounced dead.

Patterson was 17 when he was arrested for the fatal shootings of Ollie Brown, 3; her sister, Jennifer, 6; and their mother, Kimberly Brewer, 25.

His age at the time of the slayings renewed criticism of capital punishment for teenagers from death penalty opponents.

Two other condemned killers were executed in Texas -- one three weeks ago and another in May -- for crimes committed when they were 17. While execution critics referred to them as juveniles, under the law in Texas and at least 21 other states they were adults.

Patterson was the 23rd Texas inmate executed this year and the fifth this month. Five more are scheduled to die in September.

"I'm scared, but being here, seeing so many other people with dates dying, and how everything gets in motion, I pretty much seen how things are going to go. I guess you'd say -- something like a routine," Patterson said in an interview last week on death row, where he is known as "Tonto."

Patterson was the 13th Texas inmate and the 21st in the United States put to death since 1976 for a murder committed when the killer was younger than 18.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles earlier this week refused requests for a reprieve or for clemency.

Patterson's attorneys appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, contending his punishment, because of his age at the time of the crime, would be unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. About two hours before his scheduled execution time, the high court, in a 6-3 vote, rejected his appeal.

"Such executions not only violate international norms, they also offend human decency," said Steven Hawkins, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. "The mind of a juvenile offender is by definition less developed than the mind of an adult."

Not so, said George West, one of the Dallas County district attorneys who prosecuted Patterson.

"The stated age of an individual is one thing, their maturity and experience is another," West said. "And this guy wasn't a dummy."

Evidence showed Patterson went to the home of his great-aunt on June 6, 1995, so he could steal the chrome wheels from a BMW stored there. Similar wheels on his own car had been stolen.

Armed with a .38-caliber pistol, prosecutors said he shot Brewer, his cousin and his great-aunt's daughter, as she was seated in a recliner. Then he moved on to the children, shooting the 6-year-old as she watched cartoons on television, and the 3-year-old as she cowered in a corner of the room, her hands over her ears.

"It was extremely sad," West said this week. "The only person who could stop him physically was Kimberly, the woman... But what does he do? He decides: 'I've got to eliminate eyewitnesses because that means I could try to increase my odds of not getting caught. So I eliminate the two kids who know me.'

"No question about thought processes there," West added. "There was no need to kill the kids otherwise."

Authorities said he then took three rims from the car but was unable to remove the fourth. His fingerprints were found on the rims, left at his girlfriend's house. His bloody clothing was traced to the victims. He told his girlfriend he had robbed and shot someone.

He was arrested the following day. Police saw him in news footage in the crowd outside his cousins' house as the bodies were being removed. He was not grieving, prosecutors recalled.

In testimony at his trial and in interviews, he blamed the deaths on unnamed "Jamaicans."

"I wasn't there when the shootings occurred," he said last week.

"It was a hokey story," said Jason January, another of the prosecutors in Patterson's case. "We were very very confident we got the right man."

freedom anjel
08-28-2002, 07:07 PM
Until joining PTO, I didn't realize the number of prisoners put to death in Texas. I am saddened and ashamed that we live in a country as great as ours, yet we have no mercy!!

Oh heavenly Father, I pray for the soul of this young man. Whether he committed the crime or not, he is Your child and only You have the right to his life. He has asked for forgiveness and I pray that he is in Your arms today. Hold him tight. Some day, someone who loves him will be there to say, "You are forgiven." In the meantime Lord, as we all know when we come to You, we are forgiven. Give him peace now Father, in Jesus Holy Name............AMEN!

danielle
08-28-2002, 07:11 PM
How very sad - my prayers are with all of them.

Joy
08-28-2002, 07:50 PM
Freedom Anjel... thanks for having the courage to pray allowed. I have said a silent Amen to your prayer.

Joy

dragonflye25
08-28-2002, 10:28 PM
Greetings All,

This morning on the national radio program "Democracy Now!" (you can listen to the archive at www.democracynow.org) there was a very moving interview with Mr.Toronto Patterson. The question were put to him by two young people-one 13 and one 16--who oppose the death penalty. Toronto Patterson read some of hios poetry, talked about how much he had grown up since the tender age of 17---it was a very moving interview. Toronto talked about how his grandmother could no longer bare to see him in prison knowing he was soon going to die but that she still rides in the car all the way to Huntsville and just sits in the car....just to be close to her grandson. I suggest you all check out the archive to hear the interview.
At around 9pm tonite I realized"well I bet they killed him". I live in Texas- Iknow how so-called "justice" works here and I KNEW I didnt even have to turn on the t.v. to know that the murderers in grey and their masters in the state capital had done their ugly, dirty deed.
It is amazing that the United States executes people who comitted crimes as juvinilles---the only other country in the WORLD that does this is Iran...nice company to be in eh?

"If I say there is a self,
you will think that it is permanent.
If I say there isnt a self,
you will think that at death
it disappears completely"
--Samyuttanikaya (a Buddhist scripture)


"When the moment is upon me
May I not be frightened
By the collection of peaceful or wrathful aspects:
Emanations of my own mind."
--Tibetan Book of the Dead (a Buddhist scripture)

Amanda_H
08-29-2002, 04:55 AM
It makes me sad that Texas killed again.
My prayers are with his family and friends.

aprilcat
08-29-2002, 07:04 AM
beautiful words, anjel....my thoughts are with toronto, his family and loved ones. :(

sherri13
08-29-2002, 10:50 AM
Texas Executes Man Who Killed Three


By Michael Graczyk
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, August 28, 2002; 8:28 PM HUNTSVILLE, Texas –– A former teenage
drug dealer was executed Wednesday for killing a 3-year-old cousin – one of
three relatives gunned down – so he could steal some fancy chrome
wheels.Before he received the lethal injection, Toronto Patterson said he
didn't commit the crime but added, "I am sorry for the pain, sorry for what I
caused my friends, family and loved ones."I ask for your forgiveness and that
you will all forgive me," he said.Patterson, 24, was arrested at age 17 for
the fatal shootings of Ollie Brown, 3; her sister, Jennifer, 6; and their
mother, Kimberly Brewer, 25. He was convicted only of murdering
Ollie.Prosecutors said Patterson went to the home of his great-aunt on June
6, 1995, so he could steal the chrome wheels from a BMW stored there. Similar
wheels on his own car had been stolen.Armed with a .38-caliber pistol, he
shot Brewer, his great-aunt's daughter, as she was seated in a recliner,
prosecutors said. They said he then shot Jennifer as she watched cartoons and
Ollie as she cowered in a corner of the room, her hands over her
ears.Patterson's fingerprints were found on the rims, left at his
girlfriend's house, and his bloody clothing was traced to the victims.In
testimony at his trial and in interviews, he blamed the deaths on unnamed
"Jamaicans."Patterson's age at the time of the slayings renewed criticism of
capital punishment for teenagers.Texas has executed two other men this year
whose crimes committed when they were 17.Patterson was the 23rd Texas inmate
executed this year and the fifth this month. Five inmates are scheduled for
execution in September.

Budwoman
08-29-2002, 01:29 PM
WE SEND ANOTHER PRAYER TO GOD TO RECEIVE THIS SOUL AND HELP IT RECEIVE TRUE JUSTICE.


MY PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY

DONNA

SSK
08-29-2002, 10:57 PM
speechless again.....

Shortie
08-30-2002, 10:23 PM
:(