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National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
National Execution Alert - May 2003

Scheduled Executions - May 2003
May 2 - Kevin Lee Hough (IN)
May 6 - Roger Vaughn (TX)
May 14 - Jerome Campbell (OH)
May 15 - Bruce Jacobs (TX)
May 15 - Newton Slawson* (FL)
May 21 - Eric Moore (TX)
May 27 - Robert Knighton (OK)
May 28 - Percy Walton (VA)
May 29 - Glenn Holladay (AL)

* alert not yet posted

Paul Reid, scheduled for execution in Tennessee April 29, is also
listed in this alert because the state just recently announced his
date.


Ohio set to execute Campbell despite strong claim of innocence


Jerome Campbell (OH)
May 14, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934256
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934256>

The state of Ohio is scheduled to execute Jerome Campbell, a black
man, May 14 for the murder of 78-year-old John Henry Turner in
Cincinnati. According to the state, Campbell broke in to Turner's
apartment and stabbed him in the chest, chin, and wrist before
fleeing the scene on Dec. 23, 1988. This is a possible innocence
case, built on notoriously unreliable sources of evidence, including
testimony from jailhouse informants and eyewitnesses, as well as a
circumstantial link later proven false by DNA testing.

At trial, the state's version of the Turner murder revolved around
three key witnesses and a sample of blood found on Campbell's shoe.
Flaws in all of these sources of evidence have since surfaced, yet
the state of Ohio has refused to address the injustice of Campbell's
conviction.

In hindsight, the witnesses who testified for the state against
Campbell were, by all reasonable standards, far from reliable. Here
are some brief descriptions of their contributions to the case and
their obvious motivations:

1) Ronys Clardy - Facing up to 40 years for aggravated robbery
while out on parole, Clardy testified that Campbell had confessed to
the Turner murder while the two were serving time at the Hamilton
County Justice Center. Although the state claimed Clardy was not
receiving a deal for his testimony, prosecutors mysteriously dropped
their case against him shortly after Campbell's trial. They said they
could not locate Lawrence Ulmer and McKinley Boone - the two
necessary witnesses - to testify against Clardy, and therefore had no
case. A Cincinnati newspaper found the two quite easily; apparently
prosecutors never looked them up in the local phone book.

2) Angelo Roseman - Facing up to 15 years on a theft charge, he
testified that Campbell had admitted killing Turner to him as well.
His served a 180-day sentence in exchange for his testimony. To add
to the injustice of both jailhouse informants' testimony, the state
denied that the two men had received breaks for their cooperation.

3) Donna Roberts - The supposed "eyewitness," Roberts did not
actually see the crime, but simply placed Campbell in the area of
Turner's apartment on the night of the murder. This evidence, if
true, is not a very big deal, considering it was also Campbell's own
neighborhood. The state said Roberts provided Campbell's name, which
evidence has proved never occurred; Roberts, in fact, only identified
him as "Burnt Face" after police investigators showed her a picture
of him. The scars on Campbell's face, results of burns he suffered at
age 5 when caught in a fire, apparently caused some people in the
neighborhood to call him "Burnt Face."

The other suspicious part of Campbell's conviction was the use of his
bloodstained shoe. At trial, the state presented the shoe belonging
to Campbell, attempting to show that he had tracked the victim's
blood from the murder scene. DNA testing later indicated that the
blood was in fact his own. The state then said that the blood was not
relevant to the case.

Campbell has maintained his innocence throughout his 14-year stay on
death row, and has refused to negotiate any plea bargains. He
recently wrote: "I will never apologize for something I didn't do,
and if that means I'll die, then I'll die with my dignity intact." He
argues that his death sentence is a result of unreliable testimony,
prosecutorial misconduct, and ineffective counsel. He claims that
even during the penalty phase of his trial, his attorneys did an
exceptionally poor job of researching the facts, and barely mentioned
his personal history of mental trauma as a result of his burns.

Campbell goes before the Ohio Adult Parole Board on April 25, and the
board will then give the governor a non-binding recommendation
concerning the clemency petition. In contrast to his past record,
Gov. Taft should give serious consideration to the problems
confronting Ohio's death penalty system, including the issue of
possible innocence. Please write Gov. Taft and the state of Ohio and
request clemency for Jerome Campbell.

Please Contact

Governor Bob Taft
30th Floor 77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Phone: 614-466-3555
Fax: 614-466-9354
Email: governor.taft@das.state.oh.us
www.state.oh.us/gov <http://www.state.oh.us/gov>

Ohio Adult Parole Board
Chairman Gary Croft
1050 Freeway Drive N.
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-752-1200
Fax: 614-752-0600
www.drc.state.oh.us <http://www.drc.state.oh.us>

Write Op-Ed

Cincinnati Enquirer
312 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-721-2700
Fax: 513-768-8340
Email:enquirer.com/editor/letters.html
www.enquirer.com <http://www.enquirer.com>

The Columbus Dispatch
34 South 3rd St
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-461-5000
Fax: 614-461-7580
Email: dcarson@dispatch.com <mailto:dcarson@dispatch.com>
www.dispatch.com <http://www.dispatch.com>

For More Information

Ohio Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
3921 Davis Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45211
Phone: 513-662-9376

Ohioans to Stop Executions
9 East Long St
Suite 201
Columbus, OH 43215-2901
Phone: 614-224-7147
Fax: 614-224-7150
Email: otse_webmaster@yahoo.com <mailtotse_webmaster@yahoo.com>
www.otse.org <http://www.otse.org>



Alabama



Glenn Holladay (AL)
May 29, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934586
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934586>

The state of Alabama is scheduled to execute Glenn Holladay, a white
man, May 29 for three murders in Etowah County in 1986. Holladay
received a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court just one day before his
scheduled execution in 2001 because of questions concerning his
mental retardation in light of a pending case from Virginia. In June
2002, the high court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that the execution
of people with mental retardation constitutes cruel and unusual
punishment, and therefore banned the practice by a 6-3 vote.

The court's Atkins decision left one critical part of the process to
the states: determining what constitutes mental retardation. The
state of Alabama, like many others, has not yet established a new
method for determining mental retardation, and therefore cannot judge
Holladay based on standards in compliance with Atkins. This situation
warrants a stay of execution until Alabama sets fair guidelines for
determining mental retardation.

When Atkins was handed down, 30 states prohibited the execution of
people with mental retardation, but not Alabama. Citing the "evolving
standards of decency" in this country, as defined in part by a
majority of states, the court banned the practice for the remaining
20 states.

Holladay's history of mental deficiencies predates his incarceration,
and his IQ of 69 - an average of tests conducted since he was nine
years old - sets him into the category of borderline retardation.
Throughout his life, Holladay has been illiterate, and at times
scored as low as 50 on IQ tests. Despite overwhelming medical
evidence, Alabama prosecutors and Attorney General Bill Pryor have
argued that he is not mentally retarded and should be put to death.

According to the state, Holladay shot his ex-wife, Rebecca Ledbetter
Holladay, her boyfriend, David Robinson, and a neighbor, 16-year-old
Larry Thomas Jr. on Aug. 25, 1986. The murders occurred at Mrs.
Holladay's mobile home in the Tidmore Bend area of Gadsden.

Alabama's leaders should respect the U.S. Supreme Court's Atkins
decision and attempt to come into compliance as soon as possible. In
the meantime, the state should stay scheduled executions involving
people with possible mental retardation, and review them at a later
date when state legislation reflects the law as interpreted by the
court. Please write the state of Alabama and request a stay for Glenn
Holladay.


Please Contact

Governor Bob Riley
State Capitol, 600 Dexter Avenue
Room N-104
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: 334-242-7100
Fax: 334-353-0004

Alabama Parole Board
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: 334-242-8730
Fax: 334-242-1809
Email: wsegrest@paroles.state.al.us
<mailto:wsegrest@paroles.state.al.us>

Write Op-Ed

The Birmingham News
PO Box 2553
Birmingham, AL 35202
Phone: 205-325-2444
Fax: 205-325-3345
Email: elard@bhamnews.com <mailto:elard@bhamnews.com>
Web: www.bhamnews.com <http://www.bhamnews.com>

Montgomery Advertiser
200 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-262-1611
Fax: 334-261-1597
Email: khare@montgomeryadvertiser.com
<mailto:khare@montgomeryadvertiser.com>
Web: www.montgomeryadvertiser.com
<http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com>

For More Information:

Alabama Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Contact: George H. Jones
P.O. Box 948
Leeds, AL 35094
hilesjones@aol.com <mailto:hilesjones@aol.com>

Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty
P.O. Box 1362
Lanett, AL 36863
Phone: 334-499-0003
Email: beesther@earthlink.net

Alabama Prison Project
215 Clayton Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-264-7416
Fax: 334-264-4661
Email: addvocat@bellsouth.net <mailto:addvocat@bellsouth.net>
Web: alabamaprisonproject.org


Tennessee


Paul Reid (TN)
April 29, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934001
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934001>

The state of Tennessee is scheduled to execute Paul Reid April 29 for
a 1997 murder spree that left 7 people dead in fast-food restaurants.
Reid was convicted of shooting two people at Captain D's in Donelson,
three people at a McDonald's in Hermitage, and two people at Baskin-
Robbins in Clarksville.

Reid has asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to halt his appeals and
carry out his death sentence. However, his attorneys asked the U.S.
Supreme Court to stop the pending execution, claiming that the
justice system has a responsibility to ensure that Reid is capable of
making rational decisions concerning his appeals.

In a handwritten motion to the state's highest court, Reid wrote: "I
have no confidence, nor belief in the state, or federal, judiciary
system, after my 1st trial, 4-19-99." Attorney Jeffrey DeVasher said
Reid's refusal to continue his appeals "raises questions of whether
he has the capacity to appreciate his position and make a rational
choice with respect to continuing or abandoning further litigation."

Reid's case is yet another example of the ways in which the death
penalty system targets the most vulnerable subset of people who enter
the criminal justice system. Reid's physical isolation at Tennessee's
remote Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex in East Tennessee has
been compounded by the internal isolation of a mentally ill
individual who has not received adequate treatment for his disease.

Reid's pending execution points out an ironic situation for the
people of Tennessee. While the state budget is being slashed
resulting in the layoff of TBI agents and ultimately local law
enforcement officers, the state continues to pour millions of dollars
into a broken death penalty system. Aside from the fact that his
death sentence amounts to little more than state-assisted homicide,
his execution, if carried out, will activate a death chamber that has
been used only once since the reinstatement of capital punishment in
1976.

If the courts refuse to intervene to allow an evaluation of Reid's
decision to drop his appeals, Gov. Phil Bredesen should use his
executive power to stop this execution. Please write the state of
Tennessee and protest the pending execution of Paul Reid.


Please Contact

Governor Phil Bredesen
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-741-2001
Web: www.state.tn.us/governor <http://www.state.tn.us/governor>

Board of Pardons and Parole
404 James Robertson Parkway
Ste. 1300
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-963-1200
Fax: 615-963-1249

Write Op-Ed

Chattanooga Times
PO BOX 1447
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Phone: 423-757-6300
Fax: 423-752-3388
Email: letters@timesfreepress.com <mailto:letters@timesfreepress.com>
Web: www.chattimes.com <http://www.chattimes.com>

The Tennessean
The Tennessean Newsroom
100 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-259-8025
Fax: 615-259-8093
Email: letters@tennessean.com <mailto:letters@tennessean.com>
Web: www.tennessean.com <http://www.tennessean.com>

For More Information

Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing
PO Box 120552
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-329-0048
Fax: 615-329-0058
Email: tcask@earthlink.net
Web: www.tcask.org <http://www.tcask.org>



Texas


Roger Vaughn (TX)
May 6, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934181
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934181>

The state of Texas is scheduled to execute Roger Vaughn May 6 for the
murder of 66-year-old Dora Watkins in Vernon. Vaughn, a white man,
allegedly strangled Watkins to death on Oct. 16, 1991 after escaping
from the Lubbock County Jail.

In his appeals, Vaughn argued that he suffered the effects of poor
legal representation, and that given effective assistance of counsel,
he might have avoided the death penalty. Although nearly every death
row inmate files an ineffective assistance appeal, Vaughn's is
somewhat noteworthy: his attorneys failed to investigate a potential
alibi defense. They also failed to raise a proper objection to
evidence of extraneous crimes, which could very well have made the
difference between a life sentence and the death penalty.

Vaughn also argued that the state's death penalty scheme, which
places future dangerousness at issue but precludes the jury from
considering parole eligibility, is unconstitutional. He claimed that
if his jurors had known about the parole structure in life sentences -
had they known he would not even be eligible for parole for at least
35 years, or until age 72 - they would not have sentenced him to
death. However, the state's perpetuation of the myth that people
serving life sentences often leave prison on parole in 15 years
caused them to weigh future dangerousness differently, and as a
result, send him to death row.

The fact that Texas does not have life without the possibility of
parole is likely one of the critical reasons why it leads the nation
in executions. Texas has executed more than 300 people since the
reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, and has accounted for
more than half of the executions in the United States this year.

In the past two months, every major newspaper in Texas has run an
editorial supporting a moratorium on executions, citing concerns
ranging from ineffective counsel to prosecutorial misconduct. Please
contact Gov. Rick Perry to voice your concerns over the death penalty
process in Texas and request a stay of execution for Roger Vaughn.



Bruce Jacobs (TX)
May 15, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934381
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934381>

The state of Texas is scheduled to execute Bruce Jacobs, a white man,
May 15 for the murder of Conrad Harris in Dallas. Jacobs allegedly
stabbed the 16-year-old with a butcher knife after breaking into the
Harris home on the morning of July 22, 1986. He maintains his
innocence, and claims the state used suggestive identification
procedures to convince the victim's father, Hugh Harris, that Jacobs
was the man he saw standing over his son with a butcher knife.

Shortly after the crime, Hugh Harris, as well as his wife, Holly
Kuper, identified a man named John Muldune from a photographic line-
up as the man who murdered their son. Police investigators later told
Harris they caught the assailant, and showed him a picture of Jacobs.
Harris then saw more pictures of Jacobs on television, and nine
months after the crime, identified him as the murderer.

Defense attorneys have argued that the state's identification
procedures suggested that Jacobs was guilty, and thus led Harris to
pin the crime on him. Aside from showing him the picture, the state
also made Jacobs wear the type of hat Harris claimed he saw on the
murderer so that he could better identify him. Despite serious
questions concerning identification issues, the trial court denied a
request by Jacobs to have a forensic psychologist, Dr. Robert
Powitzky, testify concerning the reliability of eyewitness accounts.

Jacobs also contends that the state violated the U.S. Supreme Court's
Brady v. Maryland (1963) decision in the process of pinning the
murder on him. He claims they withheld potentially exculpatory
evidence - the fact that Harris had identified another man in the
photographic line-up - from the defense. This information, of course,
carries implications very damaging to the state's case, and continues
the dreadful history of prosecutorial misconduct that has plagued the
Texas death penalty system over the past three decades.

Throughout his appeals, Jacobs also has argued that he was treated
unfairly in the sentencing phase of his trial - both by the court and
his defense attorneys. The trial court apparently gave insufficient
instructions to the jurors regarding the weight of mitigating
evidence, and there is doubt that they even knew they could factor
such evidence into the sentencing decision.

Furthermore, his attorneys failed to investigate, discover, and
present critical mitigating evidence, which would have likely led the
jurors to assess his culpability from a different perspective. Like
so many death row inmates, Jacobs suffered an abusive upbringing, and
has battled mental illness throughout his life as a tragic result.
His attorneys have raised questions concerning whether or not he is
even competent enough to be executed, but to this point, the courts
have ignored them.

Despite serious doubts concerning his guilt and little regard for his
personal history, Jacobs now finds himself facing a very serious
execution date. Please write the state of Texas and protest the
execution of Bruce Jacobs.



Eric Moore (TX)
May 21, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934461
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934461>

The state of Texas is scheduled to execute Eric Moore, a black man,
May 21 for the murder of Helen Elizabeth Ayers in Collin County.
Moore allegedly shot Ayers and her husband, Robert, in the course of
robbing their home on Dec. 10, 1990. Robert survived two gunshot
wounds to the back, but Helen suffered a shot to the head and died.

The state convicted Moore and three other men of the crime, one of
which also received the death penalty. Moore had a perfectly clean
record prior to the Ayers murder, and his sentence is a product of an
unjust, arbitrary, and discriminatory system.

In his appeals, Moore argued that the trial court violated his
constitutional rights at several key junctures of the trial. The
court apparently allowed the state's witnesses to be in the courtroom
while other witnesses' testimony - a violation of the witness
sequestration rule, and also allowed prosecutors to insinuate that
Moore committed other crimes to support their position concerning
future dangerousness.

The major newspapers in Texas have recently come out very strongly
for a moratorium on executions, citing problems ranging from
prosecutorial misconduct to socio-economic, geographic, and racial
discrimination. Even the conservative Dallas Morning News wrote in an
editorial March 12: "[The questionable quality of evidence,
ineffective representation, and bias] are serious issues that should
trouble even the most ardent death penalty supporter. Until we
resolve them, Texas should suspend its executions." That evening, the
U.S. Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay to Delma Banks, Jr.

Not surprisingly, Moore's pending execution represents yet another
Texas case in which the defendant is a black man and the victim a
white woman. According to a study of cases in the 1990's conducted by
the Texas Defender Service, racial bias continues to play a major
role in the state's capital sentencing process. The report includes
this fact: "Taking into account age, race, location, occupation,
prior arrests, education of the defendant, age of the victim, and
whether a weapon was used, the combined races of victim and offender
were the strongest predictors of a death sentence in Texas."

As so many institutions and organizations have come to recognize in
the past year, the state of Texas needs to halt executions and re-
evaluate its death penalty process. Please write Gov. Rick Perry and
protest the pending execution of Eric Moore.



Please Contact

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
PO Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2418
Phone: (512) 463 2000
Fax: (512) 463 1849
www.governor.state.tx.us <http://www.governor.state.tx.us>

Board of Pardons and Paroles
Attn: Gerald Garret
Executive Clemency Section
PO Box 13401, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: (512) 406 5852
Fax: (512) 467 0945
www.tdcj.state.tx.us/bpp/index.html

Write Op-Ed

The Austin American-Statesman
P.O. Box 670
Austin, TX 78767
Phone: (512) 445-3667
Fax: (512) 445-3679
Email: letters@statesman.com
www.austin360.com/statesman/editions/today
<http://www.austin360.com/statesman/editions/today>

Dallas Morning News
2726 S. Beckley
Dallas, TX 75224
Phone: (214) 977-8494
Fax: (972) 263-0456
Email: www.dmnweb.dallasnews.com/letters
www.dallasnews.com

Houston Chronicle
P.O. Box 4260
Houston, TX 77210
Phone: (713) 220-7491
Fax: (713) 220-6806
Email: hci@chron.com
www.houstonchronicle.com

For More Information

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
3400 Montrose Blvd.
Suite 312
Houston, TX 77006
Contact: David Atwood
Phone: 713-520-0030 (day)
Phone: 713-529-3826 (eve)
Fax: 713-942-8146
dpatwood@igc.apc.org <mailto:dpatwood@igc.apc.org>
www.tcadp.org

Amnesty International State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator
SMU PO Box 750172
Dallas, TX 75275
Contact: Rick Halperin
Phone: (214) 768-3284
Fax: (214) 768-3475
Email: rhalperi@mail.smu.edu



Indiana



Kevin Lee Hough (IN)
May 2, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934031
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934031>

The State of Indiana is scheduled to execute Kevin Lee Hough, a white
man, May 2 for the murders of Martin Eugene Rubrake and Theodore
Bosler in Allen County. Hough allegedly shot them in their home on
Nov. 6, 1985. The state sentenced him to death in 1986.

Throughout his legal proceedings, Hough received ineffective,
unqualified, and at times abysmal defense counsel. At trial and on
direct appeal, two part-time public defenders represented him, one of
whom has been suspended from the practice of law by the Indiana
Supreme Court for "his general pattern of neglect and inattention to
cases," as well as his "repeated failure to act on his client's
behalf." These attorneys failed to introduce favorable evidence and
repeatedly allowed the admission of damaging evidence without
objection. In one closing argument, Hough's attorneys failed to
object to 11 arguments deemed "improper" and "prejudicial" by the
State.

These errors were compounded when the same overburdened, overworked
attorneys represented Hough on appeal. They repeatedly failed to file
critical paperwork in a timely fashion, which resulted in a $500 fine
by the Indiana Supreme Court. As one of the attorneys reported at the
time, he could not devote his life to Hough's case because he could
not survive on the $750 he would receive for the appeal (the actual
cost of a death penalty appeal in Indiana is approximately $54,000);
he claimed he was "getting back on his feet professionally and
financially."

The attorneys' lack of time, attention, and care was self-evident in
the appeal filed - which not only failed to raise serious errors at
trial but also served to waive meritorious issues preventing relief
in the future.

The state never afforded Hough an opportunity to challenge the
effectiveness of his defense counsel or the fairness of the death
penalty process in subsequent proceedings. As a result of poor legal
representation throughout the appeals process, Hough has the unique
distinction of being the only Indiana death row inmate in the last 25
years not to receive an evidentiary hearing on post-conviction
review.

The mitigating evidence in this case resembles many of the other
troubling histories of death row inmates in the United States. Hough
is a product of a dysfunctional, abusive family and a hostile
environment. However, despite his upbringing and traumatic life, he
has a network of caring, loving family members and friends, and has
dedicated himself to reforming his life while in prison. As an
inmate, Hough is known as a deeply religious man and a positive and
calm force in the prison.

Hough will for argue for clemency before the Indiana Parole Board on
April 21, and the Board will then give a non-binding recommendation
to Gov. Frank O'Bannon. In Indiana, the governor has the final
authority to commute a death sentence, but can only do so with a
favorable recommendation from the Parole Board. Please write Gov.
O'Bannon and the state of Indiana and request clemency for Kevin
Hough.


Please Contact

Governor Frank O'Bannon
Office of the Governor State House - Room 206
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2797
Phone: 317-232-4567
Fax: 317-232-3443
TDD: 317-233-5614

Indiana Parole Board
E321 Indiana Government Center South
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2278
317-232-5737

Write Op-Ed

Journal Gazette
200 West Washington Street, Suite
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
317/686-0901
Fax: 317/686-0901

Indianapolis Star
307 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

The News-Sentinel
600 W. Main St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 461-8261
E-mail: nsletters@news-sentinel.com



Oklahoma



Robert Knighton (OK)
May 27, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934631
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934631>

The state of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Robert Knighton, a
white man, May 27 for the 1990 murders of Richard and Virginia Denney
in Noble County. Knighton allegedly shot the couple amidst a crime
spree after he left a halfway house in Missouri.

Sadly, like so many death row inmates in the United States,
Knighton's struggles with crime as an adult mirror his traumatic and
difficult experiences as a child. His mother married six times and
had numerous live-in boyfriends while raising him, and his father
abused him. His school diagnosed him as having a learning disability,
and he left home at age 15.

As an adult, Knighton has shown serious signs of mental illness,
characterized by anxiety attacks and suicidal tendencies. He claims
he received inadequate psychiatric care while serving time in the
Missouri State Penitentiary, where he was medicated with addictive
drugs such as Meprobamate, Valium, and Xanax.

Sue Norton, the adopted daughter of Richard Denney and a member of
Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, is opposed to the death
penalty and is fighting to save Knighton's life. During Knighton's
trial, Norton realized that the death penalty only perpetuates the
cycle of violence in society, and gives little comfort to victims'
family members. "The execution [of Robert Knighton] will not bring
back Daddy and Virginia. It will not heal me, but will re-victimize
me and my family and others." Since then, she has written and visited
Knighton, helped him develop a deeper faith, and above all, forgiven
him for the murders of Richard and Virginia Denney.

The death penalty only justifies acts of senseless violence, and
every execution creates another set of victims. Please contact Gov.
Brad Henry and the state of Oklahoma and request clemency for Robert
Knighton.


Please Contact

Governor Brad Henry
Room 212
State Capitol Building
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-521-2342
Fax: 405-521-3353

Pardon & Parole Board
4040 North Lincoln
Suite 219
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Fax: 405-427-6648

The Daily Oklahoman
P.O. Box 25125
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
Phone: (405) 475-3311
Fax: (405) 475-3183
E-mail: newsroom@oklahoman.net
web: www.oklahoman.com

Tulsa World
P.O. Box 1770
Tulsa, OK 74102
Phone: (918) 581-8300
Fax: (918) 581-8353
E-mail: tulsaworld@mail.webtek.com
web: www.tulsaworld.com

For More Information

Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
PO Box 713
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Contact: Jim Fowler
Phone: 405-943-3808
E-mail: pr@ocadp.org
www.ocadp.org


Death Penalty Institute of Oklahoma
PMB 131
3728 S. Elm Place
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Contacts: Robert Peebles, Michelle Gambino
Phone: (918) 455-2849
E-mail: comments@dpio.org
www.dpio.org



Virginia

Percy Walton (VA)
May 28, 2003
Take action at http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934521
<http://www.capwiz.com/ncadp/issues/a...lertid=1934521>
The state of Virginia is scheduled to execute Percy Walton, a black
man, May 28 for three murders committed in Danville in 1996. Walton
allegedly shot Jessie and Elizabeth Kendrick and Archie Moore during
the course of a robbery spree. He pled guilty to the murders and
received a death sentence in 1997.

Throughout his appeals, Walton's attorneys have argued that he was
not competent to plead guilty to the murders, and that his pleas were
not knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. While awaiting trial, Walton
expressed his belief that he could not be seen if he had his eyes
closed. He also said he looked forward to his execution because then
he would be able to return to life immediately and resurrect his dead
family members.

The state appointed a clinical psychologist, Dr. Stanton E. Samenow,
to evaluate Walton's competency and mental health. Dr. Samenow
considered Walton "imminently dangerous to himself and others" and
recommended that the state move him to a secure psychiatric hospital.
However, he refused to diagnose Walton as mentally ill, allowing the
state to accept his plea and deliver a death sentence.

Walton's attorneys have argued on appeal that his trial counsel
provided ineffective assistance by inadequately investigating
competency issues and failing to object to Dr. Samenow as the state-
appointed psychiatrist. His appeals have proven unsuccessful to this
point, and after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his
appeal on Feb. 27, the state set his execution date.

In Virginia, the governor has full authority to grant clemency in
death penalty cases; however, the state is second only to Texas in
executions since 1976, and few clemency petitions have proven
successful. This case is unique, though, in that questions of mental
competency surround Walton's guilty plea and death sentence. Please
contact Gov. Mark Warner and request clemency for Percy Walton.


Please Contact

Governor Mark Warner
Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 3rd Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-786-2211
Fax: 804-371-6351

Virginia Parole Board
c/o Department of Corrections
PO Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261
Phone: 804-674-3081

Write Op-Ed

Richmond Times-Dispatch
PO Box 85333
Richmond, VA 23293
Phone: 804-649-6000
Fax: 804819-1216
Email: <http://www.timesdispatch.com/editori...rs.shtml#email>

The Virginian-Pilot
PO Box 449
Norfolk, VA 23501
Phone: 757-446-2314
Fax: 757-446-2051
Email: letters@pilotonline.com

For More Information

Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Contact: Jack Payden-Travers
PO Box 4804
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Phone: 888-567-8237
Fax: 434-984-2803
Email: jack@vadp.org <mailto:jack@vadp.org>
www.vadp.org

ACLU of Virginia
6 North 6th St.
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-644-8022
Email acluva@aol.com
www.members.aol.com/acluva

Virginia Capital Representation Center
3rd Floor
2421 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 804-817-2970
Email: roblee@vcrrc.org

james m nordlund
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