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April 25, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a condemned killer can gain his wish and be put to death without having his case appealed. But this 7-2 ruling has only minimal impact, since Arkansas is the only state which does not require that a death sentence automatically be reviewed by its highest state court. On Dec. 28, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons went on a rampage in Russellville, Ark., randomly shooting and killing two persons and wounding three others.
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June 26, 1990 | United Press International
A man who killed 14 members of his family and two other people in a 1987 Christmas holiday spree was executed by injection Monday night. Ronald Gene Simmons, 49, of Dover, Ark., who authorities said went on the murder binge because his daughter had broken off an incestuous relationship with him, was declared dead at 9:19 p.m. No appeals were pending in the case because Simmons said he wanted to be executed. "I only ask for what I deserve," he said recently.
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January 4, 1988
The slain wife of alleged mass murderer R. Gene Simmons was thinking about leaving her husband, but worried that she could not find a job and decided to wait and "do some checking," according to a letter she wrote to one of her children. "I don't want to live the rest of my life with dad," wrote 46-year-old Rebecca Simmons, one of 16 victims of a Christmas holiday killing spree near Dover, Ark. "I am a prisoner here and the kids too . . . . Dad has had me like a prisoner."
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April 25, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a condemned killer can gain his wish and be put to death without having his case appealed. But this 7-2 ruling has only minimal impact, since Arkansas is the only state which does not require that a death sentence automatically be reviewed by its highest state court. On Dec. 28, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons went on a rampage in Russellville, Ark., randomly shooting and killing two persons and wounding three others.
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February 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
A jury found a man guilty of capital murder Friday in the shooting and strangulation deaths of 14 family members then recommended that he be sentenced to die for the killings. Johnson County Circuit Judge John S. Patterson accepted the recommendation and set March 16 as the execution date for R. Gene Simmons, 48. Simmons already had been sentenced to die for the slayings of two people during a shooting rampage on Dec. 28, 1987, in Russellville.
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June 26, 1990 | United Press International
A man who killed 14 members of his family and two other people in a 1987 Christmas holiday spree was executed by injection Monday night. Ronald Gene Simmons, 49, of Dover, Ark., who authorities said went on the murder binge because his daughter had broken off an incestuous relationship with him, was declared dead at 9:19 p.m. No appeals were pending in the case because Simmons said he wanted to be executed. "I only ask for what I deserve," he said recently.
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February 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
A jury found a man guilty of capital murder Friday in the shooting and strangulation deaths of 14 family members then recommended that he be sentenced to die for the killings. Johnson County Circuit Judge John S. Patterson accepted the recommendation and set March 16 as the execution date for R. Gene Simmons, 48. Simmons already had been sentenced to die for the slayings of two people during a shooting rampage on Dec. 28, 1987, in Russellville.
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January 4, 1988
The slain wife of alleged mass murderer R. Gene Simmons was thinking about leaving her husband, but worried that she could not find a job and decided to wait and "do some checking," according to a letter she wrote to one of her children. "I don't want to live the rest of my life with dad," wrote 46-year-old Rebecca Simmons, one of 16 victims of a Christmas holiday killing spree near Dover, Ark. "I am a prisoner here and the kids too . . . . Dad has had me like a prisoner."
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