January 31, 1987 |
An inmate described as a "good jail house lawyer" was put to death Friday after attorneys working without the condemned man's consent failed to obtain a stay of execution. Ramon Hernandez, 44, died by injection for killing an El Paso night watchman during a failed robbery in 1980. The execution came less than 30 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay for Hernandez, who opposed all appeal efforts on his behalf.
August 11, 1999 |
A man who killed a teller during a 1980 bank holdup became the third person put to death in Texas in the last seven days when he was executed by lethal injection Tuesday. Kenneth Dunn, 39, was pronounced dead six minutes after he was injected with a fatal mix of chemicals at a state prison here. Texas leads the nation in executions. Dunn was the 19th inmate executed in Texas this year and the 183rd since the state resumed capital punishment in 1982.
April 11, 2000 |
It's not an easy task to start with, and so much, so very much can go awry. Machine failure, human error, tricky new equipment. Sheer nerves, the media. Cramped quarters for the visitors, uncertain or unpracticed staffers. And the hardest part of all, the part only perfectible with constant practice: what to say to a condemned man as potassium chloride solution invades his blood. It's a strange, taxing craft, performing executions, and Texas, many wardens say, performs it best.
May 28, 1994 |
Charles Rodman Campbell went to the gallows Friday without a word--but not without a struggle. Campbell, 39, had to be subdued with pepper spray and strapped to a board before he could be hanged for the murders of two women and an 8-year-old girl. Campbell was convicted of murdering Renae Wicklund, her 8-year-old daughter, Shannah, and neighbor Barbara Hendrickson at Wicklund's home in 1982. He slashed the throats of all three. Authorities called it a revenge killing.
October 21, 1997 |
The Roman Catholic Church, shocked by a record number of executions in Texas this year, urged the state Monday to abandon the death penalty. All 21 of the state's Catholic bishops said in a statement the state was "usurping the sovereign dominion of God over human life" and thereby contributing to "a climate of violence." "We sympathize with the profound pain of the victims of brutal crimes.
February 10, 1996 |
A man who killed a brother and sister during a pawnshop robbery eight years ago was executed by injection Friday as the family of his victims peered through a window a few feet away. Leo Jenkins, 38, had ordered appeals halted. The 10th-grade dropout from Ohio had a long criminal record. Jenkins was put to death for the 1988 murders of Mark Kelley, 25, and his sister Kara Voss, 20, in their family-owned pawnshop. Victims' survivors had not previously been invited to executions in Texas.