People on death row in Virginia

Executed

John Yancey Schmitt

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Michael W. Lenz

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Brandon Wayne Hedrick

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Dexter Lee Vinson

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Kevin Green

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Robert Stacy Yarbrough

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Kent Jermaine Jackson

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Christopher Scott Emmett

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Edward Nathaniel Bell

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John Allen Muhammad

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Larry Bill Elliott

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Paul Warner Powell

  • Venue: Prince William County.[1]
  • Victims:
    • Stacey Lynn Reed.[2]
    • Kristie Erin Reed.[2]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder of Stacey Reed (murder in the commission of, or subsequent to, attempted rape).[3]
    • Attempted capital murder of Kristie Reed (attempted murder in the commission of rape).[4]
    • Abduction of Kristie Reed with the intent to defile.[5]
    • Rape of Kristie Reed.[6]
  • Status: Executed by electric chair on March 18, 2010.[7]

Darick Demorris Walker

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  • Status: Executed by lethal injection on May 20, 2010.[8]

Teresa Wilson Bean Lewis

  • Venue: Pittsylvania County.[9]
  • Victims:
    • Charles J. Lewis.[10]
    • Julian Clifton Lewis, Jr.[10]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder of Charles J. Lewis (murder for hire).[10]
    • Capital murder of Julian Clifton Lewis, Jr. (murder for hire).[10]
    • Conspiracy to commit capital murder.[10]
    • Robbery of Julian Clifton Lewis, Jr.[10]
    • Use of a firearm to commit the murder of Julian Clifton Lewis, Jr.[10]
    • Use of a firearm to commit the murder of Charles J. Lewis.[10]
    • Use of a firearm to commit the robbery of Julian Clifton Lewis, Jr.[10]
  • Status: Executed by lethal injection on September 23, 2010.[11]

Awaiting Execution

Joshua Wayne Andrews

  • DOC Number: 1382773.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 404004.[12]
  • Venue: Prince William County.[13]
  • Victims:
    • Romanno Avellino Head.[14]
    • Robert Irvin Morrison.[14]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder of Romanno Avellino Head (murder in the commission of robbery or attempted robbery).[15]
    • Capital murder of Robert Irvin Morrison (murder in the commission of robbery or attempted robbery).[15]
    • Capital murder of Romanno Avellino Head and Robert Irvin (murder of more than one person as part of the same act or transaction).[15]
    • Capital murder of Romanno Avellino Head and Robert Irvin (murder of more than one person within a three-year period).[15]
    • Malicious wounding.[14]
    • Abduction.[14]
    • Various firearms charges.[14]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Conviction affirmed on repeal, death sentence vacated and remanded for new penalty-determination.[13]
  • As of: September 16, 2010.[13]

Aquilia Marcivicci Barnette

  • Inmate Number: 12599-058.[16]
  • Venue: United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division (interstate crime originating in North Carolina, one victim was murdered in Roanoke, Virginia).[17]
  • Victims:
    • Donald Lee Allen.[18]
    • Robin Williams.[18]
  • Crimes: 11 counts, including:
    • Use of a firearm in a carjacking that results in death (capital crime).[18]
    • Commission of a carjacking that results in death (capital crime).[18]
    • Use of a firearm while violating the Interstate Domestic Violence Act that results in death (capital crime).[18]
  • Current Location: USP Terre Haute.[16]
  • Status: Death sentences reinstated by the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.[19]
  • As of: June 7, 2010.[19]

William Joseph Burns

  • DOC Number: 1170677.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 282267.[12]
  • Venue: Shenandoah County.[20]
  • Victim: Tersey Elizabeth Cooley.[21]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder (murder in the commission of rape and/or forcible sodomy).[21]
    • Statutory burglary.[21]
    • Rape.[21]
    • Forcible sodomy.[21]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Circuit Court granting of summary judgment in proceeding to determine mental retardation reversed and remanded for further proceedings.[22]
  • As of: January 15, 2010.[22]

Ricky Jovan Gray

  • DOC Number: 1100057.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 364382.[12]
  • Venue: City of Richmond.[23]
  • Victims:
    • Bryan Harvey.[24]
    • Kathryn Harvey.[24]
    • Stella Harvey.[24]
    • Ruby Harvey.[24]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder of Bryan Harvey (murder in the commission of robbery or attempted robbery).[24]
    • Capital murder of Bryan Harvey, Kathryn Harvey, Stella Harvey, and Ruby Harvey (murder of more than one person as part of the same act or transaction).[24]
    • Capital murder of Bryan Harvey, Kathryn Harvey, Stella Harvey, and Ruby Harvey (murder of more than one person within a three-year period).[24]
    • Capital murder of Ruby Harvey (murder of a four year old while 21 years of age or older).[24]
    • Capital murder of Stella Harvey (murder of a nine year old while 21 years of age or older).[24]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Petition for writ of certiorari challenging the Supreme Court of Virginia’s affirmation of death sentence denied.[25]
  • As of: January 14, 2008.[25]

Thomas Morocco Hager

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Jerry Terrell Jackson

  • DOC Number: 1139512.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 319080.[12]
  • Venue: City of Williamsburg and James City County.[26]
  • Victim: Ruth W. Phillips.[27]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder (murder in the commission of rape or attempted rape).[27]
    • Capital murder (murder in the commission of robbery or attempted robbery).[27]
    • Statutory burglary.[27]
    • Robbery.[27]
    • Rape.[27]
    • Petit larceny.[27]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Federal court order vacating death sentence in habeas corpus proceeding stayed for 60 days.[28]
  • As of: March 29, 2010.[28]

Cory Johnson

  • Inmate Number: 27832-054.[16]
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  • Current Location: USP Terre Haute.[16]
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Anthony Bernard Juniper

  • DOC Number: 1126832.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 343777.[12]
  • Venue: City of Norfolk.[29]
  • Victims:
    • Keshia Stephens.[30]
    • Rueben Harrison, III.[30]
    • Nykia Stephens.[30]
    • Shearyia Stephens.[30]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder of Keshia Stephens.[31]
    • Capital murder of Ruben Harrison, III.[31]
    • Capital murder of Nykia Stephens.[31]
    • Capital murder of Shearyia Stephens.[31]
    • Statutory burglary while armed with a deadly weapon.[31]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.[31]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.[31]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.[31]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.[31]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Petition for writ of certiorari challenging the Supreme Court of Virginia’s affirmation of death sentence denied.[32]
  • As of: October 10, 2006.[32]

William Charles Morva

  • DOC Number: 1205820.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 387481.[12]
  • Venue: Washington County.[33]
  • Victims:
    • Russell Quesenberry.[34]
    • Derrick McFarland.[34]
    • Eric Sutphin.[34]
  • Crimes:
    • Assaulting a law enforcement officer upon Russell Quesenberry.[34]
    • Escape.[34]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of the murder of Derrick McFarland.[34]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of the murder of Eric Sutphin.[34]
    • Capital murder of Derrick McFarland.[34]
    • Capital murder of Eric Sutphin.[34]
    • Capital murder of Derrick McFarland and Eric Sutphin (murder of more than one person within a three-year period).[34]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Petition for writ of certiorari challenging the Supreme Court of Virginia’s affirmation of death sentence denied.[35]
  • As of: October 4, 2010.[35]

Thomas Alexander Porter

  • DOC Number: 1072240.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 374297.[12]
  • Venue: City of Norfolk.[36]
  • Victim: Stanley Reaves.[37]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder.[38]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.[38]
    • Grand larceny.[38]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Petition for writ of certiorari challenging the Supreme Court of Virginia’s affirmation of death sentence denied.[39]
  • As of: April 20, 2009.[39]

Alfredo Rolando Prieto

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James H. Roane, Jr.

  • Inmate Number: 32923-083.[16]
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  • Current Location: USP Terre Haute.[16]
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David Anthony Runyon

  • Inmate Number: 57997-083.[16]
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Ivan Teleguz

  • DOC Number: 1190381.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 360579.[12]
  • Venue: Rockingham County.[40]
  • Victim: Stephanie Yvonne Sipe.[41]
  • Crime: Capital murder (murder for hire).[41]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Petition for writ of habeas corpus dismissed by the Supreme Court of Virginia.[42]
  • As of: January 15, 2010.[42]

Richard Tipton

  • Inmate Number: 32922-083.[16]
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Leon Jermain Winston

  • DOC Number: 1011529.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 329099.[12]
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Justin Michael Wolfe

  • DOC Number: 1139246.[12]
  • Inmate Number: 309126.[12]
  • Venue: Prince William County.[43]
  • Victim: Daniel Robert Petrole, Jr.[44]
  • Crimes:
    • Capital murder (murder for hire).[44]
    • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.[44]
    • Conspiracy to distribute marijuana.[44]
  • Current Location: Sussex I State Prison.[12]
  • Status: Findings by federal District Court in habeas corpus filing vacated in part by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and remanded for further proceedings.[45]
  • As of: May 11, 2009.[45]
  1. Powell v. Commonwealth, 261 Va. 512, 552 S.E.2d 344 (2001). []
  2. Powell v. Commonwealth, 261 Va. 512, 518, 552 S.E.2d 344, 347 (2001). [] []
  3. Powell v. Commonwealth, 267 Va. 107, 116, 590 S.E.2d 537, 543 (2004), cert. denied, Powell v. Virginia, 543 U.S. 892, 125 S. Ct. 86, 160 L. Ed. 2d 157 (2004). []
  4. Powell v. Commonwealth, 261 Va. 512, 520, 552 S.E.2d 344, 348 (2001). []
  5. Powell v. Commonwealth, 261 Va. 512, 520-521, 552 S.E.2d 344, 348 (2001). []
  6. Powell v. Commonwealth, 261 Va. 512, 521, 552 S.E.2d 344, 348 (2001). []
  7. Frank Green. “Powell executed for teen’s 1999 murder.” Richmond Times-Dispatch 18 Mar. 2010. <http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/EXEC18GAT_20100318-213001/331381/>. []
  8. Associated Press. “Virginia inmate executed for killing two men in separate shootings.” The Washington Post 21 May 2010. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052005660.html>. []
  9. Lewis v. Commonwealth, 267 Va. 302, 593 S.E.2d 220 (2004). []
  10. Lewis v. Commonwealth, 267 Va. 302, 304, 593 S.E.2d 220, 221 (2004). [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  11. Maria Glod. “Va. woman executed for slayings in 2002.” The Washington Post 24 Sept. 2010. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/23/AR2010092306866.html>. []
  12. “Offender Locator.” Virginia Department of Corrections 11 Oct. 2010. <http://www.vadoc.state.va.us/offenders/locator/index.cfm>. [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  13. Andrews v. Commonwealth, Nos. 100374 and 100375, http://courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1100374.pdf (Va. Sept. 16, 2010). [] [] []
  14. Andrews v. Commonwealth, Nos. 100374 and 100375, http://courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1100374.pdf, at *1 (Va. Sept. 16, 2010). [] [] [] [] []
  15. Andrews v. Commonwealth, Nos. 100374 and 100375, http://courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1100374.pdf, at *8 (Va. Sept. 16, 2010). [] [] [] []
  16. “BOP: Inmate Locator Main Page.” Federal Bureau of Prisons 16 Oct. 2010. <http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp>. [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  17. United States v. Barnette, 211 F.3d 803 (4th Cir. 2000). []
  18. United States v. Barnette, 211 F.3d 803, 808 (4th Cir. 2000). [] [] [] [] []
  19. United States v. Barnette, No. 3:97CR23 (W.D.N.C. Jun. 7, 2010). [] []
  20. Burns v. Commonwealth, 261 Va. 307, 541 S.E.2d 872 (2001). []
  21. Burns v. Commonwealth, 261 Va. 307, 313, 541 S.E.2d 872, 877 (2001). [] [] [] [] []
  22. Burns v. Commonwealth, 279 Va. 243, 688 S.E.2d 263 (2010). [] []
  23. Gray v. Commonwealth, 274 Va. 290, 645 S.E.2d 448 (2007), cert. denied, Gray v. Virginia, 552 U.S. 1151, 128 S. Ct. 1111, 169 L. Ed. 2d 826 (2008). []
  24. Gray v. Commonwealth, 274 Va. 290, 291, 645 S.E.2d 448, 451 (2007), cert. denied, Gray v. Virginia, 552 U.S. 1151, 128 S. Ct. 1111, 169 L. Ed. 2d 826 (2008). [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  25. Gray v. Virginia, 552 U.S. 1151, 128 S. Ct. 1111, 169 L. Ed. 2d 826 (2008). [] []
  26. Jackson v. Commonwealth, 267 Va. 178, 590 S.E.2d 520 (2004), cert. denied, Jackson v. Virginia, 543 U.S. 891, 125 S. Ct. 168, 160 L. Ed. 2d 155 (2004). []
  27. Jackson v. Commonwealth, 267 Va. 178, 184, 590 S.E.2d 520, 523 (2004), cert. denied, Jackson v. Virginia, 543 U.S. 891, 125 S. Ct. 168, 160 L. Ed. 2d 155 (2004). [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  28. Jackson v. Kelly, 699 F. Supp. 2d 838 (E.D. Va. 2010). [] []
  29. Juniper v. Commonwealth, 271 Va. 362, 626 S.E.2d 383 (2006), cert. denied, Juniper v. Virginia, 549 U.S. 960, 127 S. Ct. 397, 166 L. Ed. 2d 282 (2006). []
  30. Juniper v. Commonwealth, 271 Va. 362, 376, 626 S.E.2d 383, 393 (2006), cert. denied, Juniper v. Virginia, 549 U.S. 960, 127 S. Ct. 397, 166 L. Ed. 2d 282 (2006). [] [] [] []
  31. Juniper v. Commonwealth, 271 Va. 362, 375, 626 S.E.2d 383, 393 (2006), cert. denied, Juniper v. Virginia, 549 U.S. 960, 127 S. Ct. 397, 166 L. Ed. 2d 282 (2006). [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  32. Juniper v. Virginia, 549 U.S. 960, 127 S. Ct. 397, 166 L. Ed. 2d 282 (2006). [] []
  33. Morva v. Commonwealth, 278 Va. 329, 683 S.E.2d 553 (2009), cert. denied, Morva v. Virginia, ___ U.S. ___ (2010). []
  34. Morva v. Commonwealth, 278 Va. 329, 335, 683 S.E.2d 553, 556 (2009), cert. denied, Morva v. Virginia, ___ U.S. ___ (2010). [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []
  35. Morva v. Virginia, ___ U.S. ___ (2010). [] []
  36. Porter v. Commonwealth, 276 Va. 203, 661 S.E.2d 415 (2008), cert. denied, Porter v. Virginia, 556 U.S. ___, 129 S. Ct. 1999, 173 L. Ed. 2d 1097 (2009). []
  37. Porter v. Commonwealth, 276 Va. 203, 216, 661 S.E.2d 415, 420 (2008), cert. denied, Porter v. Virginia, 556 U.S. ___, 129 S. Ct. 1999, 173 L. Ed. 2d 1097 (2009). []
  38. Porter v. Commonwealth, 276 Va. 203, 215, 661 S.E.2d 415, 419 (2008), cert. denied, Porter v. Virginia, 556 U.S. ___, 129 S. Ct. 1999, 173 L. Ed. 2d 1097 (2009). [] [] []
  39. Porter v. Virginia, 556 U.S. ___, 129 S. Ct. 1999, 173 L. Ed. 2d 1097 (2009). [] []
  40. Teleguz v. Commonwealth, 273 Va. 458, 643 S.E.2d 708 (2007), cert. denied, Teleguz v. Virginia, 552 U.S. 1191, 128 S. Ct. 1228, 170 L. Ed. 2d 78 (2008), reh’g denied, 552 U.S. 1332, 128 S. Ct. 1927, 170 L. Ed. 2d 785 (2008). []
  41. Teleguz v. Commonwealth, 273 Va. 458, 466, 643 S.E.2d 708, 714 (2007), cert. denied, Teleguz v. Virginia, 552 U.S. 1191, 128 S. Ct. 1228, 170 L. Ed. 2d 78 (2008), reh’g denied, 552 U.S. 1332, 128 S. Ct. 1927, 170 L. Ed. 2d 785 (2008). [] []
  42. Teleguz v. Warden of Sussex I State Prison, 279 Va. 1, 688 S.E.2d 865 (2010). [] []
  43. Wolfe v. Commonwealth, 265 Va. 193, 576 S.E.2d 471 (2003). []
  44. Wolfe v. Commonwealth, 265 Va. 193, 198, 576 S.E.2d 471, 474 (2003). [] [] [] []
  45. Wolfe v. Johnson, 565 F.3d 140 (4th Cir. 2009). [] []

22 Comments

  1. angela says:

    I am the sister of keshia Stephens the young lady who was killed by Anthony B Juniper
    I am a lady who has been hurt by this but I pray that he get saved and gives his life to God. I miss my family and wish I could have a chance to speck to this man whom I’ve never seen before Keshia was my only sister and I really miss here and the girls.

  2. James Bond says:

    I am an ex offender myself, but I have never comtemplated doing such a crazy thing to innocent people,let alone innocent little babies who can’t harm or hurt you.Keshia,her brother,and those precious little babies should be alive today,to continue to grow and experience life the way God wanted them to.How would Mr. Juniper feel if someone had taken the life of his love one or ones.In the end, God is going to judge you for this. JB questions, Why?

  3. sister says:

    This is crazy but…. a few days ago i was informed that anthony juniper is my brother… we have the same father…i researched his case online and wondered how someone could do what he did.I extend my sincerest apologies to the families of the victims. This entire situation is mind boggling to me because a few weeks ago i didn’t know that any of these people had even existed. I pray for the families of the victims and I pray for Anthony’s soul.

  4. fatts says:

    I was informed that anthony b juniper had passed away of natural causes! I was wondering was it true! Its very ironic that someone on death row passes away like that of natural causes! I known anthony 4 a longtime & it really hurts that he took his family & true friends through all this drama !! U will b missed buddy!!!!! Prayers go out 2 da victims family as well as Anthony’s family

  5. kesha says:

    I thought anthony passed away also in jail. if you knew anthony I wouldn’t think it would be ironic at all that he passed away of natural cause because the last time I saw him (which wasn’t long before he went to jail) he was walking around with an oxygen tank. had many health problems. Prayers definitely go out to the victims family.

  6. Familymemofvicson says:

    My little cousin is Keshia Stephens oldest child and her only son. The affects of what happened that day will last a lifetime. Her son has grown up to be a handsome young man that is very bright even though he is somewhat shy. He really misses his family very much, especially his Mother. Someone told the family that Anthony Juniper passed away but we are not sure if it is true. It seems as though the State would let the victims family know something. Of course her son wonders about him as he had nightmares for a quite while as to if he would escape and come to get him too. There is so much pain and damage when something like this happens. I’ve often wondered whether he ever got to a place of remorse where God could speak to his heart and he could ask for forgivness. I hope he did for his sake. Time will go on and life will continue for those that are here but what happened on that day has changed the course of history for the victim’s family as well as the offender’s family. May God’s grace continue to be with them both.

  7. The Facts says:

    Anthony Juniper has not died. He is alive and safely secured.

  8. The Facts says:

    Anthony Juniper is not deceased. He is alive and safely secured.

  9. Grandma says:

    I’m the grandmotherof Keshia Stephens oldest child,and very close friend to the 3 daugthers. As of this day the children are doing well even though that day in January 2004 will never be forgotten,and only prayer and the help of the Lord will see us through. To this day I can’t understand why something like this happened. I had heard that Ant had passed away, I’m glad to know this isn’t so and pray that he has asked the Lord for forgiveness and made peace with the Lord, and to the family my prayers goes up for you daily exspecialy for his mother. May the Lord continue to keep you in his care,I think of you often.

  10. Juniper says:

    Anthony B. Juniper is my cousin! During the course of life we make decision that are bad and some that are good! But what i’ve come to understand and believe that everything happens for a reason and to question Gods reasoning should never be done. No one deserves to die at the hands of another human being. You can never understand a man circumstance until you’ve walked in their shoes. As someone who has known Anthony my whole life it just saddens me to know that I will never be able to get spend time that is now lost, so when I think of the lives that were actually lost its just crazy to know I’ve also lost somebody whom I love and still and will always love. My sympathy and prayers go out to everyone who’s been affected through this tragic event. Never judge…..let God handle that…….Love you cuz

    • victoria jackman says:

      God obviously did not take care of the poor innocent people he killed……..What makes you think God is going to take care of him now?>?? I should hope not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Bill says:

    Paul Warner Powell 285713 …just another case of his mouth engaged before his pea brain.You are a scared little rat with hopes of staying in seg..because you wouldn’t survive a day in GP.Well now you’re gonna die, you supremist wannabe…hopefully the injection site goes interstitial and you feel the pain…and the last thing you see while you wretch your head up from the gurney in pain…is the family of Stacey & Kristie laughing at your whiny,pathetic ass before you go to hell.

  12. GoodRiddance says:

    Amen to Bill’s post.

  13. Touchedbythis says:

    My heart goes out to The Stephens family as well as the Juniper family. This was such a great tragedy in which the devil was allowed to do his level best to destroy famiy after family generation after generation, but i plead the blood of Jesus over this whole situation.I myself lost a loved one to murder then to turn arround and lost my brother to a life sentence so i know what it feels like to be on both sides.What has helped me is knowing that my God has the final say. May the peace of my Lord for ever wrap his arms around you and give you comfort in your darkest hour…

  14. fjl says:

    Why all the appeals, he did it, execute him. End of discussion. It sickens me that these criminals have more rights than those of us that go through life without doing crimes. I think he should be put to death just as he did these poor victims…..

    • PBOrr says:

      This argument is often made but it is empty. No one in the prison system has much of any rights as you or I would understand it. There is only one argument for the DP, and it’s retribution. Some crimes are so heinous that retribution seems justified. Most DP cases do not fall in that category.

      The retribution argument however can never work, because it assumes that errors are never made. If retribution is applied to the innocent, then a moral contradiction has occurred, and the state administering the retribution is guilty of a crime just as heinous as that of the retributee, because it involves the complete corruption of the idea of justice, which is different than written law. Laws are not worth much if they are not somehow connected with the idea of justice.

      I’ve often thought that one could reinstate the practice of banishment to a location so remote that the person would be essentially on his own. Not in a place so forbidding as to be unsurvivable, but one so distant from people that they may as well be on Mars. In a sense, we would thereby acknowledge that we have no real moral solution to the idea of a person so repellent in his abject lack of sympathy and remorse that his continued presence in the company of society is impossible, and the moral stricture that it is not our place to make such life or death decisions when the possibility for error is present. We would put the onus back on God, who would favor or disfavor the survival of the person banished as He saw fit.

      • Lisa Cowling says:

        all well said, but have you had a daughter or son brutally murdered????? If someone admits to aweful brutal acts, it was premeditated and a monster confesses to it…..then why do they deserve to live? eat? breath? visit their loved ones?….seriously are you kidding? Everything happens for a reason, I hear that all the time……There is NO REASON for a “person” to brutally attack and mutilate another human being!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would not wish this one anyone, but if this happened to your loved one….I’m sure your opion would change, and you would not say everything HAPPENS FOR A REASON! Sincerely, Lisa Cowling , the mother of Cara Marie Holley……

  15. Lisa Cowling says:

    Oh, and rights? You must be kidding again!!!!!! He has more rights than my daughter ever had, and he also has more rights than her family has, even now……..Where was god when this monster was raping and beating my daughter to death? Please Please answer that!!!!!!!! ALL part of Gods plan? There was NO REASON for this and he has plenty of rights and plenty of appeals and hasn’t even gone to trial yet…..your opion discusts me!

  16. Jason Elliot Cobb says:

    We need to stop feeding criminals and start executing them.

    • Rita S says:

      I totally agree with Jason!!!! It costs more to feed, house, provide medical care and clothe them than it does to give them a dirt nap!

  17. Edward K says:

    I would like to agree w/ Lisa C.Her daughter was tourtured over and over unmersefully,by a CRAZED sorry excuse for a human being. I SAY: FRY HIS A**!

  18. General Ho says:

    I am against the death penalty, many of these cases test that philosophy.
    I would reduce their contact with others, and of course movement (1 hour a day outside alone), books (only 1), no television or radio, and of counse no coffee, tea, coke etc.
    Water, basic fruits and vegatable and lots of time to think on what they did. Alone in a cell for YEARS.

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