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Fifteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

Scheduled Executions

September 17, 2018

 

Rodney Scott Berget is scheduled to be executed some time during the week of October 28-November 3, 2018, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The exact day and time of the execution will be announced closer to the execution.  Fifty-five-year-old Rodney is convicted of the murder of 63-year-old correctional officer Ronald Johnson on April 12, 2011, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.  Rodney has spent the last six years on South Dakota’s death row.

 

Rodney grew up in a poverty-ridden home in South Dakota and had four other siblings.  Rodney’s father failed as a farmer before going to work for the state highway department.  His mother was a bar manager at a local Holiday Inn.  Allegedly Rodney’s father was an alcoholic and physical abusive when he was home.  Rodney’s parent’s eventually divorced and Rodney, and his brother Roger, began getting into trouble.  As a teenager, Rodney spent time in prison.  At the age of 25, Rodney was serving time for grand theft, when he participated in an escape attempt.  He was capture one month later.  In 2003, Rodney was arrested and convicted of kidnapping and attempted murder.  Rodney was given an 80-year sentence.  Rodney’s older brother, Roger, was executed in 2000, for a 1987, car-jacking and murder in Oklahoma. 

 

While serving his time for kidnapping and attempted robbery, Rodney Berget met fellow inmate Eric Robert.  Together the two men made a plan to escape or die trying.  A third inmate supplied them with the necessary equipment.  

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Updated: Monday, September 24, 2018  11:31 am EDT

 

Raymond Tibbetts was scheduled to be execution at 10 am EDT, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio.  Raymond has been granted clemency by Governor John Kasich.  Sixty-one-year-old Raymond is convicted of murdering his wife, Judith Sue Crawford, and 67-year-old Fred Hicks on November 6, 1997, inside of Fred’s Cincinnati home, where they all lived.  Raymond has spent the last 20 years of his life on Ohio’s death row.

 

Raymond alleged that he had a “miserable” and “horrible” childhood, as his parents were drug users, causing him to be in and out of foster care beginning at an early age.  Raymond played football in high school until he suffered a knee injury.  At a young age, Raymond began getting into trouble with law enforcement, eventually resulting in prison time.

 

Fred Hicks suffered from emphysema and had hired Judith Crawford as his live-in caretaker in his Cincinnati, Ohio home.  In late September 1997, Judith married Raymond Tibbetts who also moved into Fred’s house.  Fred’s sister, Joan Landwehr would often visit with Fred to check on him.  

 

On November 6, 1997, Joan arrived at Fred’s home for a lunch date.  Upon knocking and receiving no response, Joan let herself into the house with her spare key.  She also noticed that Fred’s vehicle was missing.  After entering, Joan went to the second floor where she found her brother’s body slumped in a chair.  Fred’s chest and stomach were bloody and the pants pocket where he normally kept his money was turned inside out.  Joan immediately called the police.

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September 24, 2018

 

Kwame A. Rockwell is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Forty-two-year-old Kwame is convicted of murdering 22-year-old Daniel Rojas-Torres, and 70-year-old Jerry Burnett in Fort Worth, Texas in March 2010.  Kwame has spent the last six year on Texas’ death row.

 

Kwame graduated from high school and was the co-owner of a car lot.  He did not have a prior prison record.

 

During the early morning hours of March 23, 2010, Kwame Rockwell and two other men, all wearing ski masks and wearing gloves, entered a convenience store in Fort Worth, Texas.  The left-handed gunman shot Jerry Burnett, a bread delivery man, shortly after entering the store.  Jerry died ten days later in a hospital.  

 

Daniel Rojas-Torres, who was working the counter, attempted to flee into the storeroom, but was caught by the robbers.  He cooperated with the robbers, giving them the money they wanted, before he was forced into the back of the store, where he was killed by a shot to the back of the head.  Rockwell stated that he had to kill the men because they could identify the group, who were frequent customers at the store as they worked nearby.

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