Thomas Kemp, Jr., Arizona
The state of Arizona executed Thomas Arnold Kemp Jr., on April 25, 2012. Thomas was pronounced dead at 10:08 am local time, inside the Central Unit execution chamber at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence, in Florence, Arizona. Thomas was 63 years of age. He was convicted of and executed for the kidnapping and murder of 25-year-old Hector Soto Juarez on July 11, 1992, in Tucson, Arizona. The crime was considered racially motivated. Thomas spent the last 18 years of his life on death row in Arizona.
Thomas was born in California as the youngest of five children. He joined the Army but then deserted in 1968. After his desertion, Thomas served time for robbery. Before his arrest, Thomas worked as a maintenance man in a local trailer park. While in prison, Thomas met Jeffery Logan, his accomplice in the crime. Logan eventually received a sentenced of life in prison.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Hector Juarez. Please pray for the family of Thomas.
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