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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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
Updated 5:15 am, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two men are still on death row in Delaware despite the state Supreme Court ruling the state's death penalty unconstitutional more than a year ago. The News Journal of Wilmington reports Michael R. Manley and David D. Stevenson have been fighting their first-degree murder conviction for decades, and those appeals are keeping the two on death row. The newspaper reports that when the state or U.S. Supreme Court declares a law unconstitutional, cases pending appeals will be modified next time in court. Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham says this also happened when Ohio's death penalty was declared unconstitutional in 1978; 54 were pending in the state's Supreme Court and all of those were resentenced to life in prison, but those in the appellant process took longer. ___ Latest Houston & Texas News Now Playing: Now Playing Bridging police & young … [Read more...] about Appeals keep 2 inmates on death row despite overturned law
Detectives say DNA evidence links convicted murderer Delmer Smith to the slaying of a Sarasota woman in 2009. Smith, who is already on death row for the Aug. 3, 2009, murder of Kathleen Briles in her Terra Ceia home, is now facing new charges of murder and sexual battery in the death of a Sarasota woman four months before Briles was killed, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday afternoon. The two attacks were among at least a dozen authorities say Smith committed over several months in 2009 in Manatee and Sarasota counties. On or about April 6, 2009, detectives say Smith went into the Sarasota woman’s home, raped and killed her. An autopsy revealed the victim had been “bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat” found next to her body, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim’s body was later found by friends when she failed to show up for work. In November 2017, detectives received a report that identified Smith’s DNA on the … [Read more...] about He’s on death row for killing one woman. Now, DNA is linking him to another, cops say