November 24, 1999 |
A Virginia man facing execution for the 1992 murder of a convenience store clerk won a reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, hours before he was scheduled to be put to death. The court stayed the execution of Bobby Lee Ramdass, 28, while it weighs whether to formally consider appeals arguing in part that jurors should have been told he could have instead been sentenced to life without parole.
September 17, 1999 |
A man who kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from a fast-food restaurant, raped and murdered her and buried her body near his house was executed by lethal injection in Jarratt, Va. Everett Lee Mueller, 51, was convicted in the mutilation slaying of Charity Powers, whose remains were found in a shallow grave several months after she disappeared on Oct. 6, 1990.
May 13, 1999 |
Four hours before he was to be executed Wednesday, a mentally ill man's life was spared when Gov. James S. Gilmore commuted his death sentence. It was the first time Gilmore has stopped the execution of a condemned inmate since he became governor more than a year ago. Calvin Swann, 44, was to be put to death for robbing and shooting a 62-year-old man in his Danville home in 1992. But defense lawyers argued that Swann's life should be spared because he suffers from schizophrenia.
April 30, 1999 |
Ronald Dale Yeatts, who slashed an elderly woman's throat during a 1989 robbery, was put to death by lethal injection Thursday night, a prison spokesman said. Yeatts, 38, was executed hours after Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore rejected a clemency petition that claimed the jury was not adequately informed of its options to sentence Yeatts to life in prison after finding him guilty of murder.
September 18, 1997 |
A Mexican citizen convicted in a contract killing laughed as he was put to death, hours after the governor rejected pleas by Mexican officials to stop the execution. "Today is a good day to die," Mario Benjamin Murphy, 25, said as a lethal injection began flowing into his body. He then began laughing and said: "I forgive all of you. I hope God does too." Murphy was part of a hit squad hired to kill James Radcliff, a Virginia Beach man beaten to death in July 1991.
July 24, 1997 |
Hours after he got married, a death row inmate whose cause was championed by the pope, Mother Teresa and the Italian government was executed Wednesday night for a 1985 rape and murder he said he didn't commit. Joseph Roger O'Dell III, 54, died by injection at 9:16 p.m. EDT after the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal. Earlier in the day, Gov. George F.