Huntsville TX--- Condemned inmate Joseph Ries was executed Tuesday evening for the slaying of a 64-year-old Northeast Texas man during a burglary almost a decade ago.I am always hearing about the convicted murderer under the sentence of death and his rights are or were violated. What about the man this piece of garbage killed in his sleep? Did the victim have an incompetent attorney?
Ries expressed love to friends who watched through a death chamber window and
Looking toward another window, he told two daughters of his victim he was "really sorry for what I've done." Ries said he prayed that they would find peace through God.
"I hope he heals your heart. The truth is that you are going to feel empty after tonight. Standing with Christ in your heart, he can only give you peace. I pray you can find it. I really do."
As the lethal drugs began flowing, he started to sing a hymn. "Our God is an Awesome God," he sang. "Lord I lift your name on high." He then slipped into unconsciousness and was pronounced dead seven minutes later at 6:17 p.m. CDT.
Ries, 29, was executed for breaking into the rural Hopkins County home of Robert Ratliff, fatally shooting him as the man slept, then driving off in the victim's car.
He was the 12th prisoner executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state and the first of two scheduled to die this week. Two were executed last week and two more are set to die next week.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals by Ries' lawyer, James Terry Jr., who wanted the court to halt the punishment and examine the case, contending among his arguments that Ries' rights were violated because his earlier appeals were handled by an incompetent attorney. Terry also argued Ries' trial lawyer failed to adequately show jurors how Ries was raised by a drug-addicted and alcoholic mother whose parental rights twice were revoked, and how Ries was abused in some of the dozen foster homes where lived. Source