[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----ARIZ., TENN.
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Wed Sep 28 22:14:03 CDT 2005
Phoenix OKs $3 mil Krone settlement ---- Man was twice wrongfully
convicted in 1991 death of bartender at lounge
The city of Phoenix has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed
by a man who was twice wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to
death, city officials said.
It's the 2nd settlement Ray Krone has received this year from the
government. In April, Maricopa County agreed to pay Krone $1.4 million in
"I'm just glad for it to be over," said Krone, who spent more than a
decade behind bars, including 2 years on death row. "I hope I won't ever
need lawyers again."
City Council members approved the settlement last week, city spokeswoman
Toni Maccarone said.
Krone was a postal worker when he was arrested in 1991 in the killing of
Kim Ancona, a bartender who worked at a Phoenix lounge where Krone played
He was convicted in 1992 and sentenced to death, based largely on expert
testimony that supposedly matched his teeth with bite marks found on
His conviction was overturned in 1994 on procedural grounds. A new trial
was ordered, and Krone was convicted a 2nd time in 1996.
In sentencing him the 2nd time, the judge in the case said he wasn't sure
that Krone was the killer. He spared Krone the death penalty and sentenced
him to life imprisonment.
In 2002, new DNA testing proved Krone wasn't the killer. Using an FBI
database, DNA from the crime scene was linked to a man already in prison
for another crime. A trial for the new suspect is pending.
Krone was freed that year, but his wrongful-conviction lawsuit dragged on.
In his lawsuit, Krone alleged that Phoenix police did a shoddy job of
investigating the murder and didn't look at other suspects closely enough.
His lawsuit alleged the county used "altered and manufactured evidence"
and that a bite mark expert "gave false testimony which he knew to be
In addition to his mental anguish, Krone said he sued state agencies for
the physical pain and suffering he endured. He said he was stabbed, had
his arm broken and contracted hepatitis C while in Arizona prisons.
Neither the city nor county admitted wrongdoing in settling, lawyers in
the case said.
Krone won't see all the $4.4 million from the lawsuit. He said some of the
money will go to his parents, who spent upward of $300,000 and mortgaged
their home to pay for his defense. Krone said he also owes around $500,000
in attorney fees.
Also this year, Krone got a new look from the ABC reality show Extreme
Makeover. Once dubbed the "snaggletooth killer" for his crooked smile,
Krone, 48, now flashes a straight row of pearly whites.
He lives in Dover Township, Pa., near his family. He's spent the past few
years traveling, speaking out against the death penalty and advocating DNA
testing. He serves on the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's
(source: Associated Press)
Attorneys Ask Marshall Be Spared Death Penalty In Guy Luck Killing
Attorneys for one of three men charged with killing Atlanta restauranteur
Guy Luck at Collegedale are asking that he not be subject to the death
Attorneys for Joey Montrez Marshall said he was in another vehicle when
the victim was shot and said the entire episode was just meant to scare
the Atlanta man into not prosecuting them for burglazing his house.
Marshall is charged along with Rejohn Taylor and Sir Jack Matthews in the
case that is the 1st death penalty matter in Chattanooga Federal Court.
The defendants are also from Chattanooga.
Attorneys John Cavett and Myrlene Marsa said in a 9-page motion that on
the morning of Aug. 6, 2003, Matthews and Taylor picked up Marshall in a
1996 Chevrolet Impala that belonged to Taylor's grandparents.
In the car with Taylor and Matthews were a 9mm handgun, a .38-caliber
handgun and 2 sets of gloves.
They went to the home of Guy Luck in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.
The motion says the trio had been involved in a burglary of the Luck
residence "and at least part of the purpose in going to his house that
morning was to convince him not to prosecute. The plan was to take Luck
from his home, make him get out of the van, and leave him there to get
home on his own. There is no contention in this case that any of the
defendants planned to kill Luck when they kidnapped him."
The motion says when the 3 arrived, Matthews and Taylor got out of the car
and went into Luck's house. They both had guns with them. Marshall drove
around the neighborhood in the car. It says Matthews and Taylor took Luck
from his house and put him in the van. The van pulled into the street, and
Taylor signalled for Marshall to follow in the car.
The van and car traveled north on I-75, stopping eventually in
The motion says the van and car drove around the Collegedale area for some
time, then the van turned onto Spalding Road. It says Marshall saw the van
veer off the road. Almost immediately he saw Matthews, who had blood on
him, and Taylor get out. They got in the car with Marshall, and he drove
them back to Atlanta.
The motion says an eyewitness saw Matthews and Taylor get out of the van
and saw Guy Luck stumble out. He was covered in blood and died a short
The motion says Luck was shot by both Taylor and Matthews. Matthews was in
the back of the van with Luck when it turned onto Spalding Road. It says
apparently Luck tried to grab Matthews' gun. A stuggle ensued and Matthews
shot Luck once. Then Taylor, who was driving the van, turned around and
shot Luck 3 more times. One of those shots also hit Matthews.
The motion says, "There was no plan to kill Luck when he was kidnapped.
The plan was to scare Luck by leaving him far from home. When Luck's body
was examined, he was found to have money in his pockets, confirming their
intention was to leave Luck in Tennessee to get back to Atlanta on his
"It can even be said that there was no plan to kill Luck when he was shot
the 1st time by Matthews - that shot being the result of a fight for the
gun. The only evidence of an intent to kill is the fact that after Luck
was shot, Taylor turned around and shot him three more times. During all
of this, Marshall was unarmed in another car. . . To expose Marshall to
this death penalty prosecution is a violation of his Eighth Amendment
rights as well as a wasteof asset and time."
The motion says it is expensive to prosecute and defend death penalty
cases. It says Marshall was not an active participant in the murder and
should be precluded from death penalty prosecution.
(source: The Chattanoogan)
Execution scheduled for '85 stabbing death----Execution was set Feb. 7 for
the man who killed MTSU honors graduate Brenda Blanton Lane in 1985.
Tennessee Supreme Court justices issued an order Tuesday to impose the
death penalty on Gregory Thompson, 43, of Marietta, Ga., who is scheduled
to die at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.
Thompson abducted Lane, 28, of Shelbyville, Jan. 1, 1985 from the Wal-Mart
in Shelbyville. He ordered her to drive to Coffee County near Normandy
Lake where he fatally stabbed her. He was arrested the next day.
Lane worked at the United Methodist Publishing House In Nashville at the
time of her death.
Before committing the murder, Thompson suffered head injuries from a
previous crash and beating, but doctors at Middle Tennessee Mental Health
Institute determined he was competent to stand trial.
Coffee County jurors convicted him of 1st-degree murder and sentenced him
to death Aug. 22, 1985.
Since then, Thompson has filed numerous appeals on mental health issues.
In February 2004, state Supreme Court justices sent the case to Coffee
County Circuit Court to determine if Thompson was competent to be
Federal and state laws prohibit execution of people who are mentally
Coffee County Circuit Court determined Thompson didn't show enough reason
for a competency hearing.
Thompson's appeals advanced to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices announced
in June an appeals court improperly gave Thompson a 2nd chance.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed state Attorney General Paul Summers
to seek an execution date.
(source: The Daily News Journal)
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