August 20, 1991 |
A drifter who says he has killed more than 60 people pleaded guilty Monday to federal kidnaping charges in the rape and strangulation of a 10-year-old girl. He joked about capital punishment. Donald Leroy Evans, 34, led police on Aug. 11 to the body of Beatrice Louise Routh, who had disappeared from a Gulfport, Miss., playground 10 days earlier. Mississippi and Louisiana authorities have charged him with murdering the girl, and he could be sentenced to execution if convicted in either state.
September 1, 1991 |
A man who claims that he killed more than 70 people is being flown around the country in an effort to find his victims' bodies, but Mississippi officials want him here Tuesday to answer to capital murder charges. "I don't care when he gets here, I just want to see him in court on Tuesday," Harrison County Dist. Atty. Cono Caranna said. Donald Leroy Evans is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on a charge of murdering a 10-year-old homeless girl.
June 13, 1987 |
Jimmy Glass, a high school dropout who shot and killed a bound-and-gagged couple on Christmas Eve, 1982, was executed early Friday in Louisiana's electric chair. Glass, 25, of Springhill, La., became the third Louisiana inmate executed in five days, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal without comment late Thursday. When asked if he had a final statement, Glass said: "Yeah, I think I'd rather be fishing." Later in the day, the U.S.
July 25, 1987 |
Willie Watson Jr., 31, convicted of the 1981 sex killing of a Tulane University medical student, was executed early Friday after a two-hour reprieve, becoming the second person this week to die in Louisiana's electric chair. The execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary followed a 4-4 vote by the Supreme Court rejecting a last-ditch appeal. The execution was the sixth in the state this year and the 85th in the nation since capital punishment was restored in 1976.
July 25, 2000 |
A Louisiana fisherman was charged with second-degree murder Monday for allegedly killing his captain in a dramatic fight for the only life jacket aboard their sinking shrimp boat. Alvin Latham, 46, has been jailed on $200,000 bail for the death of Raymond Leiker on the night of July 16 in stormy seas off the Louisiana coast, said John Marie, spokesman for the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Department. Latham, who survived without the life jacket, faces up to life in prison if convicted.
June 6, 1992 |
Authorities on Friday closed their investigation of Sen. Huey P. Long's killing after reaching the same conclusion as almost 57 years ago: that Louisiana's political "Kingfish" was slain by a doctor out to right a family wrong. "He was shot once, the bullet passing completely through his body and exiting through his back," state police Lt. Donald R. Moreau testified at a hearing. "There was one assassin. That assassin was Dr. Carl A. Weiss." Long, a U.S.
May 23, 1993 |
The man on trial for killing a Japanese exchange student gave his account Saturday, saying tearfully that his wife was terrified, he felt threatened and he "felt I had no other choice." Rodney Peairs, 31, is charged with manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Yoshi Hattori, who knocked on Peairs' door while looking for a Halloween party Oct. 17. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison. Peairs said he hollered "Freeze," but the teen-ager apparently did not understand.
May 25, 1993 |
The acquittal of a Louisiana man who shot and killed a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student last Oct. 17 produced anger and befuddlement here Monday, reinforcing an image of the United States as a sick and gun-crazed society. "The judgment reflects the pathology of a society where one of every three households has a gun," the Asahi newspaper said in its evening edition Monday.
May 21, 1993 |
A Japanese exchange student fatally shot by a Baton Rouge, La., homeowner who had ordered him to "freeze" spoke only spotty English, a witness testified at the opening of a trial. Rodney Peairs, 31, is on trial for shooting 16-year-old Yoshi Hattori after the boy knocked on Peairs' door while looking for a Halloween party last October. Peairs has said he thought the boy was an intruder.