October 18, 2019

IDPN 2019 Issue 41

Iran: On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 39-year-old Jahan Agashteh was executed by hanging at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad. Jahan was sentenced to death four years ago, after being convicted of killing another person.

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, a man and woman were executed by hanging at Rajai-Shahr prison. The man was identified at Alireza Mehmandoust, while the woman’s name was not revealed. Both were executed after being convicted of murder.

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, 50-year-old Alem Karimi was executed by hanging at Sanandaj prison in Sanadaj, Kurdistan province. Alem was sentenced to death 10 years ago after being convicted of murder.

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, an unnamed was executed by hanging in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran. The man was convicted five years ago of rape.



Pakistan: Bism Nazim has been given a sentence of two death penalties, one life imprisonment, and a fine for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old child in 2017. He was arrested at the scene of the crime and has spent the last two years in prison. According to a report from a child rights organization, at least seven children are abused daily in the nation.



Uganda: In 2014, a court ruled a bill that introduced capital sentences for those partaking in homosexual sex was unconstitutional. Now, lawmakers are attempting to create a new, law that would target the “promotion” of homosexuality. Currently, homosexual sex is punishable by life imprisonment.



United States of America: On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Randall Mays was scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas. His execution warrant was withdrawn. Sixty-year-old Randall was convicted of the murder of 61-year-old, Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Price Ogburn and 63-year-old Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Paul Steven Habelt on May 17, 2007, in Payne Springs, Texas.

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Angelo Fears was scheduled to be executed in Ohio. Prior to his execution date, Angelo reached an agreement with prosecutors that reduced his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Ohio Supreme Court agreed to the new sentence. Forty-six-year-old Angelo is convicted of the murder of Antwuan Gilliam on March 30, 1997, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ronald Lee Haskell Jr., has been sentenced to death in Texas for murdering six members of his ex-wife’s family. On July 9, 2014, Haskell disguised himself as a FedEx driver and forced his way into the home of the Stay family, who had been helping his ex-wife, from whom he was recently divorced. Haskell, at gunpoint, held five of the Stay children hostage until their parents, Stephen and Katie, who was the sister of Haskell’s ex-wife, arrived home. Then, all seven were forced to lie on the ground, where they were shot one-by-one. Stephen, Katie, 4-year-old Zach, 7-year-old Rebecca, 9-year-old Emily, and 13-year-old Bryan, were killed. Fourteen-year-old Cassidy survived, despite being shot in the head and was able to contact police, who arrested Haskell before he was able to kill anyone else. She testified against Haskell, who had planned to carry out more murders against his ex-wife’s family.

Robert Moody, once a death row inmate in Arizona, died on October 7, 2019, after being taken from prison to a hospital. The cause of death is currently under investigation. Robert was 60 years of age. He was sentenced to death in 1995, at a trial in which he represented himself. Robert was convicted of robbing and murdering 33-year-old Michell Malone and 56-year-old Patricia Magda in November 1993. Robert’s death sentence was overturned when the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the judge erred in allowing Robert to represent himself. Robert was tried and convicted again, being sentenced to death by a judge. That death sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2001, which ruled that only a jury, not a judge, could impose a death sentence. Instead of holding a new sentencing trial, a judge ruled that Robert would be sentenced to consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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