It is a terrible day when this happens. I read this story over at Airman Mom
"There is no greater love than the one
who lays down his life for another."
as spoken by Jesus.
If you have some time go over and read it.
Albuquerque police say the woman charged with murdering her son and then burying him in an Albuquerque park smothered him on May 13, felt remorse and used CPR to revive him, then smothered him again.
Tiffany Toribio, 23, faces a charge of first degree murder and several child abuse charges. She was taken into custody Wednesday night after her family members recognized a composite sketch of the buried boy and identified him as three and a half year old Tyrus Toribio.
According to Albuquerque police Chief Ray Schultz, Toribio had been asked to leave her mother’s Albuquerque home on May 7. She moved to the home of friends, but three days later was asked to leave again.
Schultz said that Toribio and Tyrus then wandered the streets of Albuquerque and witnesses reported that the little boy was often seen trailing the mother at a great distance.
When they found her near Third Street and Central, she initially denied her identity. When she did confess who she was, she told officers that Tyrus was in the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department, but later confessed. SOURCE
In a major address at the National Archives, Obama argued that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods "did not advance our war and counter-terrorism efforts – they undermined them."
The president added that the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay is an inherited "mess" that "has weakened American national security" by providing a rallying cry for enemies.
"Decisions that were made over the last eight years established an ad hoc legal approach for fighting terrorism that was neither effective nor sustainable – a framework that failed to rely on our legal traditions and time-tested institutions; that failed to use our values as a compass," Obama said. "And that is why I took several steps upon taking office to better protect the American people."
In a stark warning, he said: "We know that al Qaeda is actively planning to attack us again. We know that this threat will be with us for a long time, and that we must use all elements of our power to defeat it." SOURCE
mrsmacon01 has left a new comment on your post "Thomas Treshawn Ivey Executed":First off, you really need to stay as far away from keyboards and computers as you can. My suggestion to you is try watching something like American Idol, Survivor or an Obama press conference rerun. By doing this you will deal yourself a lot less damage without having to worry about punctuation, spelling, sentence construction and making even a little bit of sense when you are writing your comments.
well i personally think it was wrong for them to kill this man one because he was young and scared and the other is because u are punishing him for taking someone else's life but those people are taking his life too! the people that killed him should die to right? im black and im thinking that u all are white and i think u are racist i really don't care what u say after this i could careless u dumb white people is all u are. we expect u to say that about black people anyway especially if they killed someone thats the same color as u....i think u all are going to hell u cannot go to the gates of heaven like that...i think it was time for him to have peace u white people have did him wrong for too long..im glad he is in a better place u wanna know why because i know god has forgiven him...
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BONNE TERRE, Mo. – Missouri early Wednesday executed a man who killed a good Samaritan who had stopped on the road to help him, ending a nearly four-year period without an execution in the state. Texas, meanwhile, executed its 15th prisoner this year.
Dennis Skillicorn, 49, received an injection at 12:23 a.m. at the prison in Bonne Terre and died 11 minutes later. It was the first execution in Missouri since Marlin Gray was put to death in October 2005.
Executions in Missouri had been on hold shortly after Gray's death as the courts decided whether lethal injection in general, and the state's three-drug method in particular, violated constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
Skillicorn mouthed words to his wife and two spiritual advisers as the first drug was administered to him. Soon, he appeared unconscious.
As part of a new protocol, curtains in witness viewing areas were then closed for about two minutes while medical staff checked to make sure that Skillicorn was unconscious and that the catheters were working properly. Once confirmed, the next two drugs were administered, and he was pronounced dead a short time later.
In 1994, a car carrying Skillicorn, Allen Nicklasson and Tim DeGraffenreid stalled along Interstate 70 north of Fulton in Callaway County.
Drummond, from the northwestern Missouri town of Excelsior Springs, stopped to help, but was forced at gunpoint to drive the men toward Kansas City. On the way, the men stopped in a rural area, and Nicklasson shot Drummond in the back of the head. SOURCE
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS -- HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man apologized repeatedly Tuesday as he was executed for fatally stabbing a convenience store clerk during a robbery more than two decades ago.
"I know I hurt you very bad," Michael Lynn Riley said to his victim's relatives, including her two daughters and husband. "I want you to know I'm sorry. I hope one day you can move on and, if not, I understand." The daughters of Wynona Harris were young children when their mother was killed.
Riley, 51, also apologized to his mother, who was not present, for being "not the big son that you wanted me to be." Then he reminded friends who were watching that for years he has said he was ready to die. To the fellows on the row: stay strong. Fleetwood is out of here," he said, referring to his death row nickname.
Eight minutes after the lethal drugs began to flow, he was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m., Riley, 51, was the 15th convicted murderer executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state.
"They're freeing me from this place," Riley told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "I'm in Heaven. I can already feel it. Come May 19th, I'll be free." While he didn't volunteer for execution, he'd asked friends to not pray that he receive a reprieve. His appeals were exhausted and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles last week turned down a clemency request.
Riley was condemned for the 1986 slaying of Harris, a 23-year-old clerk at the Shop-A-Minit convenience store in his hometown of Quitman, about 75 miles east of Dallas. He was a frequent customer and Harris told him to help himself to the ice cream he wanted that Saturday morning while she counted some money. SOURCE
Willie McNair, convicted of robbing, strangling and stabbing to death a southeast Alabama woman for whom he did yard work, died by lethal injection tonight as the woman's six children watched.
McNair, 44, declined to make final public statement and spent his last moments staring at the ceiling aboving at 6:03 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. by Alabama Corrections officials. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court had turned down his final appeal.
The Abbeville man had been on Death Row since 1991 for the May 21, 1990, slaying of Ella Foy Riley. Riley's daughter Pat Jones, found her stabbed and strangled in the kitchen of her Abbeville home. McNair had done yardwork for Riley in the past, and other members of his family had done work for her as well.
According to a case summary, McNair and a friend, Olin Grimsley, had been doing cocaine, wanted money to get some more, and had asked Riley for $20. She turned them down, and was attacked while she was getting McNair a drink of water. According to the state's filing in the case, McNair then took Riley's purse from the kitchen counter and he and Grimsley left the house. The next morning, after Riley's body was found, McNair admitted killing her when questioned by a sheriff's deputy.
Pat Jones and her brothers Calvin, Don, John, Bobby and Wayne were on hand to watch McNair die. The six were able to do so because Gov. Bob Riley, no relation to the victim, had signed into law a bill allowing up to six members of crime victim's family to watch the perpetrator's execution.
Before today's signing, Alabama law allowed only two witnesses for the victim, and only two for person to be executed.
Jones said she had written McNair a few months ago, and that in his reply, he had expressed remorse for her mother's death.
Carolyn Glanton, McNair's youngest sister, said the family wanted her brother, whom they called "Chubby," to be remembered as a "happy and lovable person.
"Chubby has a real good heart," Glanton said before her brother died. "If anybody . . . really knew him, they'd know how good a person he is."
McNair turned down breakfast this morning and limited himself to only sodas during the day. In his will, McNair left a check for $1.11 to one of his attorneys, Randy Susskind.
McNair also left several of his belongings to fellow Death Row inmates. He gave a television to Robin Myers; a radio and headphones to Michael Ervin; a Bible to Earl McGahee; and a pair of white Nikes tennis shoes to Robert Ingram. McNair has had eight visitors during the day, including two of sisters and two of his attorneys.
Susskind and Donald Blocker, McNair's spiritual adviser, are the only two witnesses he has requested to watch his execution this evening.
McNair was the fourth Death Row inmate to be executed in Alabama this year. Another inmate, Jack Trawick, is scheduled to die on June 11 for the murder of Stephanie Gach in Birmingham. SOURCE
After more than a quarter-century, closure was just two days away.
Adela Marie Simmons' lifeless body, burned and battered, was found in a Dania Beach lifeguard shack in June 1983. Her loved ones welcomed the finality that would come at last with her convicted killer's execution.
John Richard Marek, 47, was scheduled to die Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison near Starke.
On Monday morning, the Florida Supreme Court intervened, granting an indefinite postponement.
"Me and my sister finally saw closure coming and now it's slipping away, again," said Simmons' daughter, Vivienne Yao, 47.
It was yet another delay in a string of many.
Since his 1984 conviction, Marek has faced three death warrants and seen his case go to the Florida Supreme Court six times, the U.S. Supreme Court at least once and through the federal judicial system.
Meanwhile, Simmons' two daughters _Yao and Aileen Bantau, 48, of Austin, Texas _ have coped and carried on, raising a combined five daughters of their own.
The latest death warrant, signed by Gov. Charlie Crist last month, was a "jarring" return to the horror of the past and what has been left undone, said Yao, of Miami Shores.
Yao and Bantau, were 21- and 23-year-old college students at Barry University, where their mother worked as an administrator, when her life was violently taken.
Danger came by way of two drifters who stopped to offer help when Simmons and her best friend, Jean Trach, encountered car trouble on a rural stretch of Florida's Turnpike in Martin County.
Simmons, 45, accepted a ride from Marek and Raymond Wigley, while Trach stayed behind.
Simmons was not seen again until her raped and strangled body was found in the lifeguard shack.
Monday's action by the state's high court came after Broward Circuit Judge Peter Weinstein heard evidence last week from three of Wigley's former prison mates, who claimed Wigley confessed to them that he, not Marek, strangled Simmons.
Wigley, who was serving a life sentence for his role in the crime, was murdered in prison in 2000.
The Broward judge declined to recommend a stay of execution, saying the new testimony amounted to "hearsay."
But Marek's attorney, Martin McClain, appealed Weinstein's decision. On Monday, the state's high court slammed the brakes on the execution, and scheduled oral arguments on the matter for May 20.
"The new evidence is very solid and the new evidence should require that Mr. Marek's death sentence be vacated," McClain said.
The Florida Supreme Court has a range of options: grant a new trial; call for a new penalty phase; reduce Marek's death sentence to life in prison or uphold the sentence of capital punishment.
Enough is enough, says Trach, now 76.
"[Marek] didn't give Adela a chance, and now they're giving him every chance," she said.
Neither Yao nor Trach, who also lives in Miami Shores, intended to witness Marek's execution. Neither wanted to "waste any more time on him."
Instead they planned to share a meal and celebrate the life of a woman with a zest for life and travel.
"We were going to go out," said Trach. "And raise a toast to my best friend and her mother."
Not a murder victim, but a "strong and independent lady," who was widowed at 40 and went on to raise her daughters alone and further her education with mechanics and photography classes.
"She loved life. That's the way I would like her to be remembered," Yao said. SOURCE
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Alabama man who broke out of jail 16 years ago and fatally shot a police officer and another man in the midst of a crime spree was executed by lethal injection Friday in South Carolina's death chamber.Ivey will be a threat to no one else.
Thomas Treshawn Ivey, 34, of Union Springs, Ala., was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. He was put to death for killing Tommy Harrison, a 38-year-old Orangeburg police sergeant.
Ivey, whose bid for a stay was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court about an hour before he was put to death, made no final statement. He kept his eyes trained on the ceiling as the drugs were administered, blinking several times but never looking to his left, where several witnesses looked on. A few moments later he closed his eyes, exhaled several times and did not move again.
Earlier in the day, prison officials say Ivey used the blade from a disposable razor to cut himself on the neck. The wounds were not considered serious, and officials kept him strapped in a chair until he was brought to the death chamber.
There, authorities say the pair kidnapped businessman Robert Montgomery, who was working downtown with his janitorial service. Ivey and Neuman drove Montgomery to rural Orangeburg County. Neuman later testified that while there, Ivey shot Montgomery in the head and chest, leaving his body to be discovered by hunters.
Two days later, the pair visited a mall in Orangeburg, where a clerk accused them of trying to pass a stolen check. Harrison responded to the call but let Ivey go when he realized Neuman was trying to use the check.
Ivey told police a handgun in his pocket fired accidentally as he walked away, and the bullet ricocheted off the floor, hitting Harrison in the leg. Ivey said he then panicked, shooting the officer five more times, according to court records.
Montgomery's parents, Marion and Jackie Montgomery, witnessed Ivey's execution but did not speak to reporters afterward.
Ivey is the 42nd person executed in South Carolina since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 and the 283rd in the state's history. SOURCE