Capital Punishment

Topics: Death Penalty, Prison, Murder Pages: 7 (613 words) Published: October 30, 2014
JULIANA MARTINEZ

C A P I TA L P U N I S H M E N T

If an individual is convicted of a capital felony, he or
she may be subject to punishment by death, if the
State sought such punishment. A capital felony is one
in which an individual "intentionally or knowingly
causes the death of an individual," under special
circumstances. In particular, the:

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murder of a public safety officer or firefighter in
the line of duty
murder during the commission of specified
felonies (kidnapping, burglary, robbery,
aggravated rape, arson)
murder for remuneration
multiple murders
murder during prison escape
murder of a correctional officer
murder of a judge
murder by a state prison inmate who is serving a
life sentence for any of five offenses; [or]
murder of an individual under six years of age

In Texas, a person must be of at least 17 years of age
at the time of the crime to have the death penalty
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imposed upon him or her
After the verdict is rendered, if the defendant is found
guilty, the case is automatically appealed to the Court
of Criminal Appeals
If the prisoner loses in the Court of Criminal Appeals,
he/she may then appeal the case to the U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals, and then finally to the United States
Supreme Court.

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Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile (17) Rape - Robberies
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: October 26,
1979 / April 9, 1980
Date of birth: February 14,
1962
Victims profile: Sarah Donn
Lawrence, 30 / Sherry Welch,
25
Method of murder: Stabbing
with knife
Location: Nueces and Potter
Counties, Texas, USA
Status: Executed by lethal
injection in Texas on May 15,
1986

Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile (17) Robbery
Number of victims: 3
Date of murder: June 6, 1995
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: October 17,
1977
Victims profile: Kimberly
Brewer, 25, and her two
daughters, 3 year old Ollie,
and 6 year old Jennifer
Method of murder: Shooting (.
38-revolver)
Location: Dallas County,
Texas, USA
Status: Executed by lethal
injection in Texas on August
28, 2002

George Junius Stinney, Jr. (October 21, 1929
– June 16, 1944) was, at age 14, the
youngest person executed in the United
States in the 20th century.!
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Stinney, an African-American youth from
South Carolina, was convicted of the firstdegree murder of two pre-teen white girls: 11year-old Betty June Binnicker, and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames. However, no physical
evidence existed in the case, and the sole
evidence against Stinney was the
circumstantial fact the girls had spoken with
Stinney and his sister shortly before their
murder and the testimony of three police
officers, presented at a trial which lasted
barely two hours, that Stinney had confessed
to the murders. He was executed by electric
chair.

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Gary Graham Texas Convicted: 1981,
Executed: 2000 !
On June 23, 2000, Gary Graham was
executed in Texas, despite claims that he
was innocent. Graham was 17 when he
was charged with the 1981 robbery and
shooting of Bobby Lambert outside a
Houston supermarket. He was convicted
primarily on the testimony of one witness,
Bernadine Skillern, who said she saw the
killer's face for a few seconds through
her car windshield, from a distance of
30-40 feet away. Two other witnesses,
both who worked at the grocery store
and said they got a good look at the
assailant, said Graham was not the killer
but were never interviewed by Graham's
court appointed attorney, Ronald Mock,
and were not called to testify at trial.
Three of the jurors who voted to convict
Graham signed affidavits saying they
would have voted differently had all of
the evidence been available.

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