Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Chicken for Charles

Sometimes a killer doesn’t choose his murder weapon beforehand, simply using anything that’s readily available. But in the case of Derrick Charles, the man used EVERYTHING that was available when he killed his three victims in 2002.

On the day of the murders, Charles illegally entered his girlfriend’s house and was surprised by the girl’s grandfather. Charles punched the man repeatedly, beat him with a lamp and some trophies, then strangled him with the lamp cord. When Charles’s girlfriend and her mother came home, Charles hit his girlfriend in the face with a car speaker then dropped a TV set on her head, killing her. He then tried to electrocute the girl’s mother by putting her in a bathtub full of water and throwing the TV in with her, but when that plan failed, Charles strangled her with an extension cord.

Charles was executed by the state of Texas tonight, which chose to skip all the cumbersome appliances and used a simple lethal injection instead. Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Charles was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Derrick Charles had baked chicken, mashed potatoes, country gravy, carrots, black eyed peas, and sliced bread, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.    

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Manuel Garza: Cop Shooter, Chop Chewer

Manuel Garza Jr. was executed by the state of Texas tonight for shooting a police officer in the head with the man’s own gun back in 2001. Garza, who had already racked up a long list of criminal offenses by then, blamed the police officer for the tragedy.  “I truly think this was the cop’s fault,” Garza said. “I don't see why he wanted to pull out his gun.” The police officer was part of a squad investigating property crimes at apartment complexes, and Garza became hostile when he was stopped for questioning.

Because Texas no longer allows inmates to order special last meals, Garza was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Garza had a grilled pork chop, sweet potatoes, green beans, black beans, cornbread, and peach cake, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.

Cold Last Meal for Cold Killer Cole

Following a last-minute round of unsuccessful appeals, Andre Cole was executed by the state of Missouri last night. Cole earned his death sentence when he stabbed his ex-wife's boyfriend to death after an argument about child support payments. When Cole fell behind on his payments and the state began automatically deducting them from his paycheck, Cole became enraged and used a tire iron to break into his ex-wife's house, then stabbed both her and her boyfriend repeatedly. The man died, while Cole's ex-wife survived.

Cole chose not to order a special last meal and was given the same food tray as others in his unit. His last meal was a turkey and bologna sandwich, a cookie, and fruit punch.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Just Beans, No Sprouts, for Sprouse

Kent Sprouse obviously wasn’t in his right mind when he shot and killed two men, including a police officer, outside a Dallas convenience store in 2002. His lawyers have argued that Sprouse was mentally ill at the time, but have recently offered a more logical explanation: “He started hitting the meth and just went crazy,” Sprouse’s lead trial lawyer now says. “Even his family was afraid of him.”

Sprouse was executed by the state of Texas tonight by lethal injection. Since death row inmates there are no longer allowed to order special last meals, Sprouse was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Sprouse had beef noodle casserole, peas & carrots, black beans, and cornbread, with a choice of punch, tea, or water to drink.