[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----N.C., S.C., CALIF.
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Fri Mar 18 18:13:20 CST 2005
NORTH CAROLINA----new execution date
Execution date set for man who killed 3 family members
A former drill sergeant who brutally murdered a Cumberland County woman
and her 2 children a few months after killing an Army clerk in New Jersey
will face execution in May, North Carolina's top prison official said
Earl Richmond Jr., 43, was scheduled for execution at 2 a.m. May 6 at
Central Prison in Raleigh, Correction Secretary Theodis Beck said in a
Richmond, 43, was sentenced to death in 1995 for the November 1991 murders
of Helisa S. Hayes, her son Phillip and her daughter Darien. He also
received a life sentence for 1st-degree rape.
Testimony at Richmond's trial indicated he raped and strangled Helisa
Hayes, 27, after an argument. He then took 8-year-old Phillip to a
bathroom, where he strangled him with the cord to a hair curler and
stabbed him 20 times with a pair of scissors. He strangled Darien, 7, in
her room with the cord from a curling iron.
Richmond was seperately sentenced to life in prison without parole for a
1992 conviction in New Jersey on a federal murder charge. Richmond killed
Lisa Ann Nadeau, a Fort Dix, N.J., payroll clerk, months before the triple
murder in Cumberland County, which borders Fort Bragg.
In July, a federal appeals court rejected arguments that Richmond was
denied adequate legal representation. His appeals lawyers argued that his
trial attorneys failed to present expert evidence that he couldn't form
intent to kill his victims because he had consumed 20 beers, a fifth of
liquor and smoked crack cocaine on the night of the slayings.
Richmond's defense attorney said at the trial that besides being under the
influence of alcohol and cocaine, he flew into a rage when Hayes hit him
during an argument.
(source: Associated Press)
SOUTH CAROLINA----new execution date
State Supreme Court sets execution date
The South Carolina Supreme Court set an execution date of April 15 for a
man convicted of killing 2 Spartanburg movie theater employees during a
January 1991 robbery.
Richard Longworth has exhausted his state and federal appeals, according
to the state attorney general's office.
Longworth and a co-defendant, David Rocheville, decided to go to the movie
theater in Spartanburg where they used to work and rob it in January 1991,
The 2 watched part of a movie, then started toward the lobby. They met
usher Alex Hopps on the way and dragged him outside, investigators said.
Longworth pinned Hopps against a bar while Rocheville shot him in the
head, according to testimony.
The 2 were locked out of the theater, but persuaded employee James Greene
to let them back inside. They then ordered Greene to empty the safe and
forced him into their van, prosecutors said.
After driving away from the theater, Longworth stopped and told Greene to
walk out, get on his knees and look forward. Rocheville then shot him in
Rocheville was executed in December 1999, but in an interview before his
death blamed Longworth for forcing him into the robbery and said his crime
that night was being a "coward."
(source: Associated Press)
Prison: 2 women want to marry Peterson--He gets several calls of support
on his 1st day on death row
On Scott Peterson's 1st day on death row, 2 women called California's San
Quentin State Prison to say they were interested in marrying him,
according to prison officials.
Prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon said about 3 dozen women called San
Quentin with messages of support for the prison's newest bachelor,
convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci.
"Two of them actually indicated to our staff that their purpose for
calling was marriage," Crittendon told CNN.
He added that it is not unusual for inmates to get married while on death
Peterson, wearing orange prison scrubs and shackles, arrived at the
notorious prison about 4 a.m. (7 a.m. ET). Beneath his jumpsuit, he was
wearing a bulletproof vest because of security concerns. It was removed
once inside the compound.
Crittendon said that as Peterson was placed into his 41-square-foot cell,
he sat on his bunk and stared at the wall.
"Scott, I guess you want to plan to lay down and take a nap now," an
Peterson responded, "Man, I'm just too jazzed to even think about
And with that, the cell's metal door locked shut and the prison staff
He was later given a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee --
and for the rest of his life, he will eat his meals alone in his cramped
Asked if the "jazzed" comment meant Peterson was excited to be there,
Crittendon said he didn't think so.
"I think really what he was trying to express was that he was just full of
adrenaline and the whole emotion of this move to death row was something
he wasn't ready to just lay down and go to sleep," he said.
In fact, Peterson seemed nervous upon his arrival.
"Once he arrived this morning, he appeared to try to come off as if he was
very calm and composed. But you could see that veil of nervousness about
him," Crittendon said. "He would give off those nervous smiles to the
various staff as we were moving him through that process."
Peterson became the 644th member of San Quentin's death row, which looks
out upon San Francisco Bay, the same body of water where Peterson dumped
his pregnant wife's body on or about Christmas Eve 2002.
It was along that bay that Laci's decomposed body and that of their unborn
son washed ashore the following April.
San Quentin is the same facility where one day Peterson, now 32, may be
put to death. Barring a successful or indefinite appeal process, he will
eventually be asked to choose whether he wants to die in the gas chamber
or by lethal injection.
Peterson was placed in an "adjustment" cell on death row, where he will
spend his first few weeks while authorities evaluate him and decide on
another, more permanent cell.
The adjustment cell is isolated from other prisoners, and Peterson will
have direct contact only with prison staff during his time there,
He will eventually be placed in a cell in one of six "exercise yard
groups," he said. About 70 to 90 inmates are in those groups, and
officials will try to place Peterson in the one most compatible for him.
"Those will prove to be his community, the friends that he will soon have
to make," he said.
Experts have said Peterson probably will be a marked man in prison, a
target for other inmates eager to make a name for themselves because of
Crittendon acknowledged there might be some prisoners who "will see this
as an opportunity to build a reputation by stating they had attacked Scott
Peterson." But he said he doubts that will be widespread.
"I don't believe that there will be many of them that will harbor any ill
will because of his commitment offense, particularly those men on death
row. As we know, most of them have been involved with murdering of
children and women," he said.
On November 12, a jury convicted Peterson of killing his wife, who was
eight months pregnant, and the fetus she carried. They recommended the
death penalty a month later, and a judge followed that recommendation at
Peterson's sentencing Wednesday.
Members of Laci's family testified at the emotional sentencing, often
using profanity to describe Peterson.
"You're evil and still have the readiness to commit evil," Laci's brother,
Brent Rocha, told Peterson. "How does it feel to be a baby-killer?"
----request for information
Friends----please respond directly to Michael offline if you can be of
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Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 11:38:47 -0800
From: "Taylor, Michael" <MTaylor at sfchronicle.com>
Subject: News story
Hello... I'm a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, working on a
story about Death Row inmates who get married after they are put on
Death Row. I'm specifically interested in San Quentin prison. Anyone out
there to help me? Know anyone on California's Death Row who got married
after being sentenced to death? I'm reachable at the Chronicle, 415 777
8458. Many thanks.
-Michael Taylor/San Francisco Chronicle.
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