BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:Bobby Cutts Jr. Found Guilty of Killing Pregnant Girlfriend Jessie Davis

Friday, February 15, 2008

  Request for Mistrial Denied !!!

CANTON, Ohio  —  A former police officer who tearfully told jurors he accidentally killed his pregnant lover was convicted Friday of murdering her and their unborn child.Bobby Cutts Jr. could face the death penalty. He had claimed he accidentally killed Jessie Davis by putting an elbow to her throat, then panicked.

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Cutts, 30, was convicted of aggravated murder in the death of the nearly full-term female fetus, which carries the possible death penalty. Jurors will return later this month to weigh a sentencing recommendation.

The jury found him not guilty of aggravated murder in Davis’ death, a count that includes intent to kill with prior calculation. But they convicted him of a lesser charge of murder in her death.

Defense attorneys asked Stark County Common Pleas Judge Charles E. Brown Jr. to declare a mistrial because the differing verdicts on the two counts.

Brown rejected the request, saying the allegations involved separate individuals: Davis and the fetus.

Jurors reached their decision on their fourth day of deliberations. Cutts sat with his hands on his lap and held his head erect without emotion as the verdicts were read.

Prosecutors told the jury that Cutts killed Davis, 26, last June at her Lake Township home to get out of child support payments for a fourth child.

The couple’s 2 1/2-year-old son, Blake, who was found home alone, gave investigators their first clues to his mother’s disappearance when he said, “Mommy’s crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy’s in the rug,” and, later, “Daddy’s mad.”

For more than a week, Cutts, then an officer on the Canton police force, denied knowledge of her whereabouts as thousands searched in the area. He finally led authorities to the body, wrapped in a comforter and dumped in a park about 20 miles from her home.

Cutts testified for four hours Monday, saying tearfully [continued]

Patrick Bryan Knight – Dead man laughing execution no joke

Killer ‘not much of a comedian’ before execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas POSTED: 9:17 a.m. EDT, June 27, 2007 Patrick Knight’s executions was carried out as planned June 26, 2007.  He had been charged and convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the 1993 killings of his neighbors Mary Ann Werner.During his time on death row he began collecting jokes, soliciting jokes in the mail and on a Web site, sometimes receiving as many as 20 a day saying he was going to use the time for his last words to be used telling a joke. He became known as “The Dead Man Laughing.” 
But when the moment came, Knight thanked God for his friends and asked for help for innocent men on death row. He named several he said were innocent. His voice shaking and nearly in tears, he said, “Not all of us are innocent, but those are.”
After expressing love to some friends, he said, “I said I was going to tell a joke. Death has set me free. That’s the biggest joke. I deserve this.”“And the other joke is that I am not Patrick Bryan Knight and y’all can’t stop this execution now. Go ahead, I’m finished.”Prison spokeswoman Michelle Lyons disputed Knight’s mistaken identity claim.“We fingerprint them when they come over,” she said.

Tennessee Carries Out First Execution Since Lethal Injection Review(the follow-up of my post “Convicted killer fears…”

Published: May 9, 2007

“I don’t want it to be just a visit this time” were Workman’s words regarding his 4th death row date.

NASHVILLE, May 9 — Philip R. Workman’s execution date has come and gone five times in the quarter-century since his conviction for shooting a Memphis police officer. Early Wednesday, he was finally executed at the Riverbend prison on the industrial outskirts of this city.

The execution, the first since the state reviewed and revised its lethal injection procedures, came after a flurry of appeals from Mr. Workman’s attorneys, who unsuccessfully sought stays from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Mr. Workman’s attorneys argued in the appeals that there had not been sufficient time to review the new protocols since their release last week, and that lethal injection was unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

In the days leading up to the execution, which was only the third in Tennessee in 47 years, it appeared that Mr. Workman might gain a delay because of the new death penalty procedures.

Last Friday, a federal judge ordered a delay and set a date for a hearing on the protocols. But an appeals court panel threw out that order Monday, and the full court refused to revisit that decision. Late Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court and the state’s top court turned down requests to stay the execution.

Mr. Workman was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m. central time, according to Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter.

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Information source: The New York Times

Convicted killer fears his last moments (his 4th last meal)

POSTED: 5:26 p.m. EDT, May 4, 2007
By Ashley Fantz

story.workman.close.cnn.jpgNASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) — Philip Workman has prepared to die three times before.

Next week, the convicted killer is prepared to face execution for a fourth time, to say goodbye to his daughter again, give away his belongings, and once again eat his final meal.

And he’ll wait to see if a court will again step in before the needle pierces his skin. (Watch what Workman thinks of the procedure that will kill him Video)

Workman, 53, has spent half his life in a death row cell in Nashville’s Riverbend Prison, ever since his conviction in 1982 for killing a Memphis police officer in a botched armed robbery at a Wendy’s restaurant.

On Sunday, Tennessee prison guards will lock him in an isolated cell with a small window overlooking the prison yard, beginning three days of “Death Watch.”

He will be fitted for the drab scrubs he’ll wear May 9, when the state is set to inject him with a mixture of drugs that will kill him.

Workman said he doesn’t feel much like a person anymore. He has become a pile of legal briefs, appeals, depositions.

And he is angry, sorry, scared and depressed. (Watch how Workman has changed on Death Row Video)

Of the officer who was killed, Workman says: “Any loss of life is a tragedy.”

Too little time, too many errors

Lethal injection has become the most common method of execution in the United States. Last year, 52 of the 53 executions in the country were by injection. Of the 38 states that have the death penalty, 37 states allow lethal injection. (Death by lethal injection)

Thirty years after it was developed, the practice is drawing protest as cruel and unusual punishment, a claim supported by recent medical studies that say the mixture of chemicals used may cause a slow and excruciating death.

The debate over lethal injection has led 11 states, including Tennessee, to issue temporary bans on the process pending further study. Tennessee’s ban is set to end shortly before Workman’s scheduled execution.

“It almost makes me want to choose the electric chair,” Workman said in an interview with CNN. “They are saying in this report that a lot [of prisoners] have suffered, they wouldn’t be able to speak. You can’t move to say anything. You’re frozen.”

Saying there were “deficiencies” in Tennessee’s lethal injection instruction manual, Gov. Phil Bredesen rescinded it in February and gave the state’s commissioner of correction 90 days to write a new one.

Bredesen, who declined CNN’s request for an interview, has stayed the executions of four death row inmates, but is allowing Workman’s to proceed.

Tennessee’s rescinded manual appeared to confuse lethal injection with electrocution. For example, it called for an inmate’s head to be shaved, and for officials to have a fire extinguisher, electrode gel, an emergency generator and an electrician present. (Read the recently rescinded manual)

On April 30, the state issued a new set of lethal injection procedures, removing those protocols, but the “cocktail” of lethal drugs remains unchanged. (Read the newly proposed procedures)

Drugs are a “failure”

Lethal injection’s three-drug cocktail was proposed in 1977 by an Oklahoma medical examiner and anesthesiologist as a cheaper and more humane alternative to the electric chair. In a recent interview with CNN, Dr. Gary Chapman said the time has come to revisit the cocktail. “It may be time to change it,” he said. (Read full story)

Until 2005, it had not been scientifically researched.

In a study published in April by the Public Library of Science — a nonprofit organization of scientists and doctors — six scientists spent three years analyzing more than 50 medical examiner reports of North Carolina and California prisoners who had been injected with the short-acting anesthetic thiopental, the paralytic pancuronium bromide and the heart stopper potassium chloride. (Read the entire 2007 studyexternal link)

The study concluded the drug protocol a “failure” because the prisoners had below acceptable levels of thiopental in their systems indicating they probably suffered immense pain before they died.

“I was shocked that there had been no research on what is being used on humans, when in veterinary medicine, pancuronium is strongly discouraged,” said study author Dr. Teresa Zimmers, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

She also participated in a 2005 medical review of 49 prisoner toxicology reports from Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina that drew similar conclusions.

Health professionals are barred from participating in executions, so prison personnel without medical expertise often perform injections.

Florida has been studying its lethal injection procedures since it took 34 minutes and two rounds of injections to kill Florida prisoner Angel Diaz in December. His executioner, a prison employee, missed his vein and witnesses described Diaz grimacing. (Read about Diaz’s executionexternal link)

A moratorium continues in California – home to America’s largest death row with 664 inmates – after a federal judge ruled in December that prison personnel are improperly trained and the execution chamber is too dark and poorly designed.

Missouri’s lethal injection administrator was revealed in 2006 to be a dyslexic surgeon who had been sued 20 times. The physician admitted he sometimes mixed drugs wrong.

No more visits

An affidavit shows a physician involved in the 2005 and 2007 studies reviewed child killer Robert Coe’s autopsy. He was lethally injected in April 2000 in Tennessee.

The doctor concluded Coe “was probably awake, suffocating in silence and felt the searing pain of injection of intravenous potassium chloride.”

Workman reads over the article about the studies as if it’s some legalese he can’t quite comprehend.

“I block it out,” he finally says.

He doesn’t want anyone to see him anymore. On May 9, his daughter and brother are to stay away, his lawyers, too. He wants people to know he’s sorry for robbing that Wendy’s and that a police officer died.

Even if he gets another stay, he says he can’t endure more of this.

Of his return to Death Watch, he remarks, “I don’t just want to visit this time.”

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