RAIFORD, Fla. - Just hours after he was sentenced to death for the murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, Donald Smith was sent to prison, according to the inmate log from the Florida Department of Corrections. A judge ruled Wednesday Smith, the man who kidnapped raped and strangled Cherish, should pay for his crimes with his life. READ: Judge sentences Donald Smith to death Records from the DOC show Smith was picked up from the Duval County jail at 5 a.m. Thursday. Smith reported to the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler for screening tests and then sent to death row in the Florida State Prison. Copyright 2018 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved. … [Read more...] about Cherish Perrywinkle’s killer sent to prison on death row
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Man on death row for killing 2 women in Houston loses appeal March 12, 2018 Updated: March 12, 2018 1:09pm HOUSTON (AP) — A man sent to death row for the slayings of two women 16 years ago in Houston has lost an appeal before a federal appeals court, moving him a step closer to execution. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday rejected arguments that 44-year-old Ray McArthur Freeney had deficient legal help during the punishment phase of his trial in 2003 when he was condemned for the rapes and stabbing deaths of two prostitutes. One of the victims, 15-year-old Kirschalynne Jones, was found dead in April 2002 at a motel. The other, 37-year-old Vicky Kay Dean, was found four days later at Freeney's apartment. His trial attorneys tried to convince a Harris County jury Freeney, who confessed to the slayings, was mentally ill and should be given life in prison. Texas Another explosion rocks Texas capital and injures woman 1968 LA school walkout protesters see link to … [Read more...] about Man on death row for killing 2 women in Houston loses appeal
Document: Judge Order - Harold Wayne Nichols Judge Order - Harold Wayne Nichols Harold Nichols Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press. A Tennessee judge says a convicted serial rapist and murderer from Chattanooga will remain on death row, a month after attorneys suggested a law change would allow Harold Wayne Nichols to be taken off it. During a hearing in January, Judge Don Ash, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., said he had "legitimate concerns" about whether it was appropriate to let Nichols, 57, serve out his life sentences instead of keeping him on death row for possible execution. And in an opinion filed Wednesday in Hamilton County Criminal Court, Ash rejected the agreement altogether, saying none of Nichols' constitutional rights were violated when a judge incorrectly applied an enhancement statute in 1990. An appeals court later ruled that was "harmless error," Ash wrote. Since he was convicted in 1990 for the first-degree felony murder of … [Read more...] about Judge orders convicted Chattanooga serial rapist, murderer to stay on death row
JACK Jones was an Arkansas death row inmate whose harrowing story was retold BBC's Life On Death Row. The brutality of his crimes saw him sentenced to death in 1996 — but who was he and what did he do? Here's all you need to know. Who was Jack Jones Jr? Jack Jones Jr was convicted in 1996 for the rape and murder of 34-year-old Mary Phillips, 34. Jones also attempted to murder her 11-year-old daughter Lacy. The two were at a tax accountant's office when Jones entered and started his sickening attack. Jones told them he was "sorry", but he was "going to have to rob them". He then pounced on Mary, beat, strangled and raped her. He later savagely beat and choked young Lacy and left her lifeless body inside a cupboard. Officers later told how they thought Lacy was also dead. But miraculously she woke up when police photographed her for the crime scene pictures. Jones was sentenced to death by lethal injection and also received sentences of life imprisonment and 30 years in … [Read more...] about Who is Jack Jones, why was he on death row and what did his sister say?
Bayan Rehan is head of the Women's Office at the Local Coordination Commitee in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma. She also is an activist and has taken part in Syria's uprising since its onset. The opinions in this article belong to the author. (CNN)Today was my first day in the basement. I ran down after missiles struck our house at night. In under two minutes, my family and I crossed 150 meters to the nearest makeshift shelter for women and children. We had no time to take any of our belongings with us. We just wanted to escape the hellfire raining on us. This isn't only my fate. Most of the residents of my town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta have gone underground. The basements offer some respite from a weeklong assault by the Syrian regime that has claimed over 500 lives. Underground, we were welcomed by people who had arrived before us. I couldn't wrap my head around the scene. Sitting against a wall, I scanned people's frightened faces. I was reminded of only one thing: my … [Read more...] about If you’re going to kill us, make it quick — we are sick of waiting on death row