[Deathpenalty] death penalty news----FLA., MISS., OHIO, USA
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Sat Aug 20 11:28:45 CDT 2011
Fatal Beating, Rape----Death Sentence Upheld For Mark Anthony Poole In 2001
A judge ordered Friday that Mark Anthony Poole should be executed for beating a
Lakeland man to death with a tire iron.
This is the 2nd time Poole, 48, has been sent to death row for the crime.
In December 2008, the Florida Supreme Court ruled a second jury should hear
evidence and recommend whether Poole should receive the death penalty.
In his written order released Friday, Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter described
Poole's savage attack at the Orangewood Village Mobile Home Park on North
Noah Scott, 24, and his 18-year-old pregnant fiancée were asleep on the evening
of Oct. 12, 2001.
The Ledger is not publishing the woman's name, in keeping with its policy of
not identifying victims of sexual assaults in most cases.
Poole broke into the couple's home and began raping the woman, the judge wrote.
Scott attempted repeatedly to defend his fiancée, but Poole struck him again
and again with the tire iron while continuing to rape the woman.
The judge wrote he "can only imagine the fear and pain experienced by Mr. Scott
during the final moments of his life as he attempted to stop the brutal rape of
his pregnant fiancée "
Scott was hit 13 times in the head with blows from the tire iron that cut deep
gashes into his skin and fractured his skull.
The woman begged Poole to not hurt her or her unborn child, the judge wrote.
After Poole was finished raping her, he rolled the woman onto her stomach then
struck her multiple times in the back of the head with the tire iron.
The woman received nine cuts to her head and some were deep enough to expose
Poole took some video games and game equipment before going back to the bedroom
to fondle the woman and tell her, "Thank you."
The woman was able to call for help. A doctor testified that she would have
died if she had not been pregnant because her body had more fluid than she
would normally have.
The couple's son was delivered successfully months later.
In 2005, a jury found Poole guilty of 1st-degree murder, attempted 1st-degree
murder, sexual battery, armed burglary and armed robbery. Circuit Judge J. Dale
Durrance sentenced Poole to death after the jury unanimously recommended he
should receive the punishment.
The Florida Supreme Court overturned Poole's death sentence in 2008 because his
prior criminal history was improperly discussed during the penalty phase of his
Poole was granted a new penalty phase so a second jury could recommend what an
appropriate sentence should be.
The 2nd jury decided in June by an 11-1 vote that Poole should die. Hunter was
required to give the jury's recommendation "great weight" when making his
(source: The Ledger)
Teen could face death in Miss. hate-crime case
A white Mississippi teen accused of intentionally running over a black man with
a truck could face the death penalty if convicted in an alleged hate crime that
has captured national attention.
Deryl Dedmon, 19, will be prosecuted on a capital murder charge in the death of
49-year-old auto worker James Craig Anderson, following a hearing in Jackson on
Friday to upgrade the charge.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said an investigation has
uncovered evidence that suggests Dedmon robbed Anderson before running over him
outside a Jackson hotel early June 26. He would not say what item or items were
“This does not change the theory of the case — that it’s a racially-motivated
killing,” Smith said.
In addition to Dedmon, John Aaron Rice, 18, faces an assault charge in the
Attorneys for both teens have denied they were involved in a racially-motivated
Investigators from multiple agencies, including the FBI, continue to
investigate the slaying.
Smith hinted Friday that additional charges could be filed in the coming weeks.
“As the investigation unfolds, I’m looking for any and all evidence to assist
with any charges,” he said.
Surveillance footage from the hotel shows Anderson being struck by a truck that
belongs to Dedmon. According to testimony at the teen’s bond hearing July 6,
Dedmon called a friend to brag about what he’d done after running over the man.
William Kirk Montgomery told police Dedmon said to him: “I just runned that
A capital murder conviction carries life in prison or the death penalty.
On Friday, Smith said he had not yet asked Anderson’s family members whether
they want prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
“That’s what we are going to find out. When considering the pursuit of the
death penalty, that’s one consideration – what the family wants,” Smith said.
(source: USA Today)
Ohio Updates Execution Policy
The state of Ohio has updated its execution policy to require that all lethal
injections be reviewed by an assistant appointed by the prisons department's
Prisons department spokesman Carlo LoParo says a "comprehensive rewriting" of
the policy was filed Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost. The
judge had halted a July execution, citing "haphazard application" of certain
death penalty protocols in the state. The ruling led Gov. John Kasich to
postpone an August execution to give the state time to address Frost's
LoParo says the reviews are intended to ensure policy is followed and provide
recommendations for improvement.
He says changes also bolster required documentation and clarify instructions.
The policy is to go into effect Sept. 18, two days before the state's next
(source: Associated Press)
How Michele Bachmann Is Tied to the Ugandan Movement to Execute Gay People
Why did Michele Bachmann hire an accused terrorist and ex-spy who pals around
with a central figure in the Ugandan effort to make homosexuality a crime
punishable by death?
Peter Waldron is a Christian pastor and on-the-ground organizer for the
Bachmann campaign in Iowa. He is also, as The Atlantic's Garance Franke-Ruta
reported this week, an accused terrorist who spent 37 days in a Ugandan prison
after officials there found him with a cache of assault rifles and ammunition
Weird, huh? He's also a self-promoting globe-trotting raconteur who actively
encourages the perception that he is a U.S. intelligence operative. And, as
reporter Andrew Rice—who met Waldron in Uganda in 2004—notes, he is pals with a
Ugandan minister named Martin Ssempa: "The Sunday I attended Ssempa's church,
after he finished his sermon, the pastor told his audience that he had a
special guest to introduce, a visitor from the United States. All eyes fixed on
a stocky white man with a thick moustache, who wore a gray safari suit. He
introduced himself as Dr. Peter Waldron, of Wyoming."
Full sizeSsempa is one of the chief proponents of Uganda's so-called "Kill the
Gays" bill, which would criminalize homosexuality and introduce the death
penalty in certain cases (it's currently tabled in the Ugandan parliament). He
preaches that gay people "eat poop" and shows gay pornography in his church to
disgust and inflame his followers. He's no stranger to American
evangelicals—Rick Warren has hosted Ssempa many times at his Saddleback Church
in Southern California. As MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has repeatedly demonstrated,
Uganda is sort of a playground for right-wing American Christianist
politicians, who view it as a laboratory of sorts for theocratic policy
initiatives. Sen. James Inhofe is a frequent visitor.
On her Meet the Press appearance last weekend, Bachmann tried to play down her
gay hatred, claiming that she "doesn't judge" people and believes that gay
people deserve to be treated with "honor and dignity." But she's sticking by
Waldron, who hangs around with people who think gay people ought to be killed
by the state on account of what they do with their private parts.
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