Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Willie Pondexter Executed


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An Oklahoma man convicted of killing an elderly northeast Texas woman during a robbery has been executed tonight in Huntsville.

PhotobucketWillie Pondexter -- in his final statement from the death chamber -- said he didn't murder anyone, but he expressed remorse and apologized for his involvement in the crime.

Pondexter was condemned for the shooting death of 85-year-old Martha Lennox at her home in Clarksville.

Pondexter said, quote: "I am not mad. I'm a little upset and disappointed in the courts. I feel I've been let down."

The high school dropout from Idabel, Okla., said that was all right. "I just played the hand that life dealt me," he said.

Pondexter said he hoped that people who read about him would "look at my life and learn from it."

He looked toward the district attorney who prosecuted him and a distant cousin of his victim and said, "I know I'm wrong asking you to forgive me."

A companion, James Leon Henderson, was convicted for his role in the Lennox slaying and awaits execution.      SOURCE

15 comments:

  1. Rot in Hell scumbag

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  2. I love Texas more and more everyday!

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  3. Anonymous18:41

    i'am the nephew of willie pondexter and i just want to say how can any of you people talk bad about a man that you dont even know my uncle was a good man that just hung around the wrong people he was 19 when the crime happen and not once have he denied his part in the crime since been in prison he excepted his punishment that was giving to him bt it's just amazing how you can sound so big and bad on the internet

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    1. While I can sympathize with your loss, I must also remind you that even at 19, your late uncle was aware that the state he lived in had capital punishment on the books. If, as he alleged, did not take the first shot, but was handed the gun, he made the choice to take the second shot. Whether or not it was fatal was then irrelevant to the issue. Even if the Texas penal code had a provision for renunciation of the criminal act, he was part of a criminal conspiracy in which a person was killed. Either way he was screwed by his co-conspirators. In addition, the fact that the victim was an elderly woman would not engender much sympathy for your late uncle's fate. They would say, and perhaps rightly so, that he had more of a chance to live than the victim did. In most cases, the executed person is far from a sympathetic victim. In each case that I've reviewed, with few exceptions, there was no necessity for the victims life to be taken; there was no struggle, the victim was helpless and the gain very little or of no value. Therefore, the only person responsible for their predicament, would be the condemned person themselves.
      To the supporters of capital punishment, I ask the question; since the taking of this person's life is done in the name of the state, meaning each of you collectively, how much responsibility do each of you take in creating the conditions that led to this person to this situation in the first place? How much of your collective negligence led to this? If one leaves gasoline soaked rags and flammable items in a heated locked room and a fire breaks out spontaneously, even though we did not take a match to the place, we would be held responsible for creating the situation in which it could take place.
      Where there is poverty, deprivation and violence, there is the "flammable condition" that leads to crime. As a society, are we not obligated to not creating the situation in the first place? Is it any accident that Texas, a state with low education and high rates of unemployment and poverty also has the greatest death row population? I don't believe so.

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  4. Punctuation, capitalization, grammar and correct word usage would make that legible and more likely to be taken seriously.

    "Good" people don't kill people or even take part in killings of people. 19 is definitely old enough to make one's own choices. If you really are his nephew, I certainly hope you find a much more productive way to live your life. As he said, "Look at my life and learn from it.".

    I don't see anyone here sounding "big" or "bad". It's a statement of facts.

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  5. Anonymous03:20

    IGNORANCE IS NOT THE WAY TO EXPRESS YOUR BELIEF ON LIFES VIEW, IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE YOUR LIFE IS WORTHY. NOW........ I AM THE COUSIN OF WILLIE PONDEXTER, I FEEL THAT THOSE THAT HAVE THERE MOUTH OPEN SHOULD KNOW WE LOST A LIFE TOO. ALSO IF YOU WANT TO CONSIDER THINGS IN FAIRNESS, THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS COULD HAVE WAITED UNTIL HE WAS 80 TO TAKE HIS LIFE, THE VERY AGE OF THE WOMEN. WHO IS TO SAY THAT WHAT YOU THINK OR I THINK IS CONSIDERED FAIR IS THE WAY TO JUDGE A PERSONS OUTCOME. OR HOW ABOUT THIS ONE; THEY COULD HAVE LET HIM ENJOY HIS LIFE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE HIM AND THAN KILLED HIM HIS SUFFERED TWICE FOR ONE CRIME. HIS LIFE WAS CUTE SHORT, ON TOP OF THAT HE LIVED LOCKED AWAY FIFTEEN PLUS YEARS IN A CELL WITH REMORSE AND PUNISHED EVERY DAY FOR FIFTEEN YEARS. MY POINT IS WE LOVE WILLIE PONDEXTER. COUSIN YOU ARE HOME NOW. LOVE YOU ALWAY.

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  6. Killing a killer is KILLING too!

    JUSTICE is not REVENGE!!!

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  7. This is not a society that proposes eye for an eye, or we would all be in serious trouble. What Mr. Pondexter did was extremely out of line and senselesss, but he was young and proved he had changed. My grandmother taught me something at an early age: "To one day be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid."

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  8. Pondexters words are to be taken here, At ninteen, i never thought of lkilling another because i would go to jail or worse. Willies change and compassion came about because of his inevitable date with death. i believe itis the part of the govenor to grant willie his life in such a situation,but he chose not for reasons unknown. The decision of Texas is to exercise capital punishment ( and a huge majority of others say no). its been ruled on constitutionally, i would like to express myself that im against the death penalty strictly because its more expensive to execute than to sentence to life. But i respect Texas constitutional right to decide capital punishment. i hope one will follow the legacy he left with his quote "look at my life and learn from it."

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  9. The world is full of evil people, but willie wasn,t one of them!! When the crime took place, he was a teenager running with the wrong crowd, thanks to his poor upbringing! He wasn't the one who fired the fatal shot that night, and was probably pressured into being there in the first place!! Real killers repeat their crimes with no remorse, but willie said sorry every day for 15 years but nobody listened!! How can any of you think he deserved to be put down like a dog?? How can you condemn him for murder, when you support Texas murdering him???

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  10. Murder is a wanton act of violence resulting in the death of another. That is wrong.

    When found guilty by 12 people just listening to facts about the event, it is an execution.

    I do not care about his circumstances. He murdered someone in Texas and was justly executed with due process.

    In my opinion he met his end far easier than his Martha Lenox. She was at home not bothering anyone. I hope Pondexter is rotting hell.

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  11. i have been crying and waking up in pain for this man... i give him a promise i'll do my best to make a change...

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  12. Sorry nephew of scumbag murderer but good people don't participate in killing poor, defenseless elderly people! If you think he was a good man, I'd hate to think of the kind of person you turned out to be. You'll get no sympathy here, Buddy!

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    1. I don't support capital punishment, however that's Texas law. And secondly even though he apologized and admitted he was wrong for his role in the crime. However there's more to this story. He stabbed a woman in his hometown of Oklahoma who ended up testifying against him at Mrs. Lenox's trial. And he also tried to escape from prison so the pitty the guy makes no sense to me. If I feel pitty it's for his family and 2 kid's. That's it. People come from a bad up bringing but that's no excuse. Life is about choices. But this is just my opinion.

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