February 19, 2014
Robert Laverne Henry’s execution is scheduled for 6 pm EDT, on March 20, 2014, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida. Fifty-five-year-old Robert is convicted of the murders of 53-year-old Phyllis Harris and 35-year-old Janet Thermidor, whom Robert worked with at Deerfield Beach fabric store in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Phyllis was murdered on November 1, 1987, and Janet died of injuries the following day. Robert has spent the last 25 years on Florida’s death row.
Around 9:30 pm on November 1, 1987, fire fighters and police officers responded to a fire at the Deerfield Beach fabric store. Phyllis Harris was found on the floor of the men’s restroom. She had been hit in the back of the head with a hammer and was already dead. Janet Thermidor was found on the floor of the women’s restroom. She too had been hit on the back of the head with a hammer. She also had burns on over 90 percent of her body. She was conscious when police found her.
Janet was rushed to the local hospital, where she told police that the store’s maintenance man, Robert Henry was responsible for her injuries. Henry had entered the office, hit her on the head, and stole the store’s money. Henry briefly left the office, but returned with a liquid he threw on her and then set on fire. She ran to the women’s restroom to attempt to put out the fire. Janet died the following morning.
Henry was arrested on November 3, 1987. Initially, Henry alleged that three unknown men robbed the store and abducted him. Henry later made self-incriminating statements. Henry was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and arson. He was given a death sentence for each murder.
Prior to the murders, Robert Henry did not have a criminal history. Robert allegedly had an abusive and neglectful childhood. Robert also alleges he had organic brain damage and suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Robert had served in the Marine Corps, during which time he had repeated drug related infractions, which led to his other than honorable discharge. At the time of his discharge, he was listed as a deserter. Allegedly, Robert was addicted to cocaine and was under a cocaine-induced psychosis during the time of the crime. Robert’s brother testified that he had seen Robert “smoke marijuana, ingest hashish, THA, alcohol, opium, acid, and hash oil” while in high school. Additionally, Robert’s friend testified that he had seen him in possession of crack cocaine, although he had never seen Robert using it.
Please pray for peace for the families of the Phyllis Harris and Janet Thermidor. Please pray for strength for the family of Robert Henry. Please pray that Robert may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.
Update: March 5, 2014
On Friday, February 28, 2014, the Oklahoma Pardon and Paroles Board voted 4-1 to deny clemency to death row inmate Clayton Lockett. Clayton refused to testify at the hearing through a video link that had been previously arranged. He was requesting that his sentence be commuted to life in prison. Although Clayton has apologized to his victim's family, he has also proudly boasted of his crimes to others. Clayton has an additional lawsuit pending, along with fellow death row inmate Charles Frederick Warner, regarding Oklahoma's state law that prevents details of the execution drugs from becoming public knowledge, including from where the drugs are obtained. The Oklahoma County District Court was scheduled to hear the case on Tuesday, however, at the request of the state, the hearing was cancelled and the case moved to the federal court in Oklahoma City. No new hearing date has been set.
February 20, 2014
Clayton Darrell Lockett's execution is schedule for 6 pm CDT, on March 20, 2014, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Thirty-eight-year-old Clayton is convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Stephanie Michelle Nieman on June 3, 1999, in Perry, Oklahoma. Clayton has spent the last 13 years on Oklahoma's death row.
Clayton's story is a sad one. Allegedly, his mother used drugs while she was pregnant with him. He was then abandoned by her when he was three years old, which devastated him. Following his abandonment, Clayton became extremely attached to his father, whom he idolized. Unfortunately, Clayton's father was a poor role model. He was physically abusive, forced Clayton to use drugs at a young age, encouraged sexually activity, and frequently watched pornographic movies in front of him. Clayton's father also taught and encouraged him to steal, punishing him if he got caught. Extended family members also believe that Clayton was sexually abused by his older brother. At the age of 16, while incarcerated at an adult correctional facility, he was allegedly raped by several older men.
Around 10:30 pm, on June 3, 1999, Clayton Lockett, Shawn Mathis and Alfonzo Lockett broke into the home of Bobby Bornt. Bobby was asleep on his couch. Upon entering, the three began to beat and kick Bobby. Bobby recognized Clayton, who was carrying a shotgun. Following his thrashing, Bobby's hands were secured behind him using duct tape. He was also gagged. Clayton, Shawn, and Alfonzo proceeded to search the house, looking for drugs.
February 24, 2014
Jeffrey R. Ferguson's execution is scheduled to occur at 12:01 am CDT, on March 26, 2014, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Fifty-nine-year-old Jeffry is convicted of the abduction, rape, and murder of 17-year-old Kelli Hall in St. Charles, Missouri, on February 10, 1989. Jeffrey has spent the last 21 years of his life on Missouri's death row.
Jeffrey Ferguson and his friend, Kenneth Ousley, met with Melvin Hedrick on the evening of February 9, 1989, around 9:00 pm. Ferguson was attempting to sell Melvin a .32 caliber pistol. Melvin was not interested in buying the pistol, but suggested that they may be able to sell it at a bar. Ferguson and Melvin went to Brother's Bar in St. Charles, staying for approximately one hour, at which time Melvin began to feel ill. Frederick arranged for them to meet up with Ousley at a nearby Shell service station. Between 10:50 and 10:55 pm, Ousley met Ferguson and Melvin at the Shell station. Ousley was driving Ferguson's brown and white Blazer. Melvin left to drive home in his car. Ferguson entered the passenger side of his vehicle, carrying the unsold pistol.
Seventeen-year-old Kelli Hall worked at a Mobil service station, across the street from the Shell station where Ousley, Ferguson, and Melvin met up. Kelli was scheduled to be relieved at 11:00 pm by another employee, Tammy Adams. Around that time, an acquaintance of Kelli, Robert Stulce, stopped at the Mobil station and notice Kelli recording fuel levels in front of the station. Robert also noticed a brown and white Blazer, later identified as Ferguson's, pull into the parking lot and stop near Kelli. When Robert next looked, Kelli was talking to a man beside the Blazer. He saw Kelli enter the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
Kelli's boyfriend, Tim Parres, was waiting to pick her up from work. When she failed to appear after half an hour, he went looking for her. Tim and Tammy, a co-worker, failed to locate Kelli at the station or at her home. They also discovered that Kelli's purse was still at the station, prompting them to call the police.
The next morning, on February 10, a street maintenance worker found, what would later be identified as the clothes Kelli was wearing the night she disappeared.
Also on February 10, Melvin heard on the news that police were looking for a Blazer similar to the one Ferguson drives. When he jokingly asked Ferguson about it, Ferguson responded angrily, denying he was in St. Charles and telling Melvin to deny seeing him there. Later that night, Ousley showed a friend two rings and asked if he would be interested in buying them or exchanging them for cocaine, saying they had come from "a job in St. Charles." On February 12, Ferguson and Ousley took the two rings Ousley had and the one ring Ferguson had to Brenda Rosener. When Brenda asked if they were "hot," Ferguson replied that they were "very hot." Although Brenda refused to by the rings, Ferguson left them with her to think it over.
February 27, 2014
Anthony Dewayne Doyle is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on March 27, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony is convicted of murdering 37-year-old Hyun Cho on January 16, 2003, in Rowlett, Texas. Anthony has been on death row for the past 9 years.
On the morning of January 16, 2003, Anthony Doyle disguised his voice as a woman and called Chaha Donut shop for a delivery. Hyun Cho was the delivery woman. When Hyun arrived, Doyle demanded money. Hyun told Doyle that she did not have any money. Doyle then struck her on the head with a baseball bat, killing her. Doyle dumped her body in a dumpster behind his parent's house, took her credit cards and cell phone, and fled in her car.
Doyle went to a friend's house where he indicated that he had murdered someone and stated that he was not "playing" anymore. Upon learning that Hyun's body had been found by police, Doyle fled, eventually abandoning Hyun's car at a carwash. He also disposed of her personal items.
Doyle was arrested after police recovered Hyun's personal items along with the original donut delivery receipt. He eventually gave an oral and written confession. He was sentenced to death in May of 2004.
During the punishment phase of Doyle's trial, evidence was presented as to his character and history. Evidence presented by the prosecution showed Doyle having numerous violent outbursts in school and at home. Additionally, there was evidence that Doyle was tied to a violent gang. The defense presented witnesses to Doyle's good character and difficult upbringing. It was determined that Doyle had an average IQ score, understood right from wrong, and was not mentally incompetent. Doyle had attended to school until the 10th grade and worked as a laborer prior to being arrested.
Please pray for peace for the family of Hyun Cho. Please pray for strength for the family of Anthony Doyle. Please pray that Anthony may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.
Update: March 5, 2014
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the Oklahoma Pardon and Paroles Board voted 4-1 to deny clemency to death row inmate Charles Frederick Warner. He was requesting that his sentence be commuted to life in prison. Charles also has a lawsuit pending, along with fellow death row inmate Clayton Lockett, regarding Oklahoma's state law that prevents details of the execution drugs from becoming public knowledge, including from where the drugs are obtained. The Oklahoma County District Court was scheduled to hear the case on Tuesday, however, at the request of the state, the hearing was cancelled and the case moved to the federal court in Oklahoma City. No new hearing date has been set.
February 27, 2014
Charles Frederick Warner's execution is schedule for 6 pm CDT, on March 27, 2014, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Forty-six-year-old Charles is convicted of killing 11-month-old Adriana Waller on August 22, 1997, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Charles has spent the last 14 years of his life on Oklahoma's death row.
Shonda Waller and her 11-month-old daughter Adriana Waller, lived with Charles Warner and his three children, seven-year-old Charvon, five-year-old Vonita, and two-year-old Dasia. On the morning of August 22, 1997, Warner left around 7:30 am to go pay a traffic ticket. Shonda woke up around 8:00 am and stayed in bed to play with Adriana, who appeared to be her normal, playful self. When Shonda changed her diaper that morning, she did not notice anything abnormal.
Shonda and Warner had planned to go grocery shopping that afternoon, however, Warner suggested that she go alone and he stay to watch the children. Shonda agreed and left around noon, returning around 2:30 pm. When she looked in on Adriana, she saw her lying in bed. Shortly thereafter, Shonda told Warner she wanted to get the telephone connected. Warner went to get Adriana and brought her out of the bedroom, saying she was not breathing.
Warner and Shonda rushed to the hospital, with Shonda performing CPR on the way. Medical personnel were unable to resuscitate Adriana. As the staff cleaned Adriana, they removed her diaper, noticing that there was bright red blood around Adriana's anus, as well as tears in the rectum. The injuries appeared to be recent. The staff stopped cleaning and called the police.
Adriana had a six-inch skull fracture, a broken jaw, three broken ribs, bruised lungs, and a lacerated liver and spleen. A forensic pathologist said that the injuries were likely caused between one and three hours before her death. Warner was questioned by police that night into the next morning, when he was arrested, charged, and eventually convicted of Adriana's murder.
Please pray for peace for the family of Adriana Waller. Please pray for strength for the family of Charles Warner. Please pray that Charles may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.
March 3, 2014
Tommy Lynn Sells' execution is scheduled for 6 pm CDT, on April 3, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-nine-year-old Tommy is convicted of the murder of 13-year-old Kaylene "Katy" Harris on December 31, 1999, near Del Rio, Texas. Tommy has spent the last 13 years on Texas' death row.
Tommy was born with a twin sister. He had two older brothers and three younger brothers. Tommy had a non-traditional upbringing, including questionable parentage. At the age of 18 months, while living in St. Louis, Tommy and his twin sister contracted meningitis. Tommy survived while his sister did not. Shortly after this ordeal, Tommy was sent to live with his aunt in Holcomb, Missouri, where he lived until he was five, when he moved back with his mother. His mother expressed indifference towards him and by the age of seven, Tommy was chronically skipping school. According to his mother, Tommy went out of his way to do the opposite of what he was told.
At the age of eight, Tommy began spending time with Willis Clark, who was from a neighboring city. Willis would take Tommy on day trips and give him lavish gifts. Tommy would often spend the night at his home. Tommy claims to have been molested until the age of 14. Willis would later be convicted of child molestation. Tommy was introduced to alcohol at the age of seven, by his grandfather. At the age of 10, Tommy began smoking ditch-weed marijuana. At the age of 13, Tommy attempted to rape his mother, and at the age of 14, Tommy began surviving on his own, including hopping trains, stealing, and killing. Tommy dropped out of school after 8th grade. Due to his lack of education, he often worked low-end jobs. Tommy became a drifter, moving from town to town, state to state to find work.
March 4, 2014
Ramiro Hernandez a/k/a Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas' execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on April 9, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-four-year-old Ramiro is convicted of murdering 48-year-old, former history professor at Schreiner College and Baylor University, Glen H. Lich on October 14, 1997, in Bandera County, Texas. Ramiro has spent the last 14 years on Texas' death row.
Ramiro was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and received no more than a 4th grade education. During his childhood, he allegedly received a head injury and suffered from extreme abuse, neglect, poverty, and exposure to toxins. According to neighbors who knew Ramiro as a child, Ramiro would often wander off until someone went to find him, failed to grasp the rules of games such as baseball, was easily distracted, could not perform simple skills such as separating colored bottles, could not make change, and had a poor memory. Before coming to the United States of America, Ramiro was convicted of a murder. After coming to America, Ramiro allegedly killed an individual in a bar fight. He spent four years in prison for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon conviction. While in prison awaiting trial for the murder of Glen, Ramiro stabbed and killed a female jailer. He was frequently found to be in possession of homemade weapons while in jail. Prior to his arrest, Ramiro worked as a laborer.
In July of 1997, Ramiro Hernandez arrived at the Kerrville, Texas home of Glen and Lera Lich to assist a carpenter renovating the ranch house and other buildings. After working for the Lich's for approximately three months, Hernandez reached an agreement in which he could board at the ranch in exchange for assisting with the renovation.
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