Culture crime Reality star Kim Kardashian West is advocating for another prisoner, Kevin Cooper. But California law enforcement sees it as disrespectful to the murder victims. Cooper was arrested for the murder of three members of the Ryen family and a child sleeping over at the Ryen house in 1983 and sits on death row for the crimes. In her original tweet, posted October 7, Kardashian West shared a piece published in the New York Times, which suggested that Cooper’s trial was tainted by racism and that his case requires new DNA testing. “Governor Brown, please add Kevin Cooper to your legacy of smart, fair and thoughtful criminal justice reforms,” Kardashian West tweeted. Brown has not commented. Mike Ramos, San Bernardino County D.A., answered Kardashian West’s plea, but was not supportive. Ramos doesn’t think they got the wrong guy, despite claims for Cooper’s innocence. “It’s time that we start talking … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian West’s Plea for Death Row Prisoner Slammed by San Bernardino D.A.
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CRIME 10/10/2018 08:14 pm ET Edmund Zagorski said he did "not want to be subjected to the torture" of lethal injection. By David Lohr If it was up to convicted killer Edmund George Zagorski, he’d die by the electric chair instead of the cocktail of drugs that Tennessee prison officials plan to inject into him on Thursday. Zagorski, an inmate at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, said he prefers electrocution because he does “not want to be subjected to the torture of the current lethal injection method,” according to an affidavit he sent to prison officials on Monday. In Tennessee, death row inmates convicted prior to January 1999 are given a choice between lethal injection and the electric chair. If the inmate doesn’t make a decision, the default is lethal injection. Still, prison officials refused Zagorski’s request this week, saying he’d waited too long to decide, according to the Tennessean. In a … [Read more...] about Tennessee Officials Deny Death Row Prisoner’s Request For Electric Chair
U.S. A death row prisoner was killed by a fellow inmate in the first murder of its kind in California for more than 20 years, officials said. Jonathan Fajardo, 30, was stabbed in the neck and chest with a weapon crafted in prison in a recreational yard in San Quentin prison Friday. Luis Rodriguez is accused of murdering a fellow death row inmate Handout Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton named his alleged killer as Luis Rodriguez, 34, also a condemned inmate. The motive for the killing is not known, said Thornton. Jonathan Fajardo was stabbed to death awaiting execution in San Quentin prison. Handout Fajardo was a gang member who had been sentenced to be executed for his role in the murder of a 14-year-old black girl in a racially motivated attack and another man stabbed because gang members thought he was helping police. He had been on death row since 2011. Rodriguez was sentenced to life in prison for two murders in … [Read more...] about Prisoner Kills Fellow Death Row Inmate at San Quentin: Officials
By Keri Blakinger Published 10:51 am CDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 Ronald Hamilton is a death row prisoner from Harris County. Ronald Hamilton is a death row prisoner from Harris County. Photo: TDCJ Photo: TDCJ Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Ronald Hamilton is a death row prisoner from Harris County. Ronald Hamilton is a death row prisoner from Harris County. Photo: TDCJ Higher court greenlights Houston death row inmate's appeal 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A Texas appeals court has bounced back to a lower court the case of a Harris County man on death row, after forensic evidence showed he never committed a second slaying he was accused of in court. Ronald James Hamilton was sentenced to die 16 years ago for the … [Read more...] about Higher court greenlights Houston death row inmate’s appeal
Isaiah McCoy, a death row prisoner for years, walked out of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington and into his young daughters’ embraces on Thursday night just hours after a judge found him not guilty of murder in his second trial. Outside the prison’s barbed wire fence and heavy doors, McCoy, 29, became emotional as he reunited with his girls and with the team of attorneys and an investigator who helped get him acquitted of the 2010 killing of 30-year-old James Munford. “I just want to say to all those out there going through the same thing I’m going through ‘keep faith, keep fighting,” McCoy said. “Two years ago, I was on death row. At 25, I was given a death sentence – and I am today alive and well and kicking and a free man.” A spokesman for the Department of Justice said prosecutors were disappointed by the verdict from Kent County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young. “While … [Read more...] about Former death row inmate goes free after acquittal