[Deathpenalty] death penalty news----FLA., CALIF.
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Wed Oct 12 16:17:01 CDT 2011
State to seek death penalty in DeBary Burger King
The State Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against a man accused
of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend last month at the DeBary Burger King
where she worked.
The state formally filed paperwork indicating its intent to make its case
against defendant Jesus Morales, 41, of Deltona, according to a news release
emailed to the News-Journal by public information officer Klare Ly. Morales
faces charges of 1st-degree murder and burglary while armed in connection with
the death of Heidi Shelmire.
Shelmire, 38, of Deltona, had broken up with Morales, who served 4 months in
jail for aggravated stalking after violating an April injunction Shelmire had
obtained against him.
(source: Daytona Beach News-Journal)
Oba Chandler may not want to block execution for Tampa Bay murders
A lawyer for a condemned inmate says his client may not want to come back to
the Tampa Bay area for a court hearing that could block his execution.
Oba Chandler's attorney told a judge in Largo Wednesday the 65-year-old inmate
may not even consent to having a motion filed that could delay or stop his
scheduled Nov. 15 execution.
The St. Petersburg Times reports that his attorney, Baya Harrison III, said
Chandler is sick and "doesn't like the ride" from the prison in north Florida.
Harrison said that by Monday he plans to file motions challenging the
constitutionality of the death penalty, if he gets Chandler's consent.
Chandler was found guilty in the grisly 1989 murders of Joan Rogers and her
teenage daughters, Michelle and Christe, of Ohio.
(source: Associated Press)
Death Penalty Hearing Starts for Robber who Killed Capistrano Man
A San Diego man faces a penalty phase jury trial Thursday to determine if he
should receive the death penalty after being convicted of shooting and
murdering a San Juan Capistrano man while robbing a Home Depot in Tustin.
Jason Russell Richardson, 40, Oceanside, was found guilty by a jury April 28,
2010, of one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission
of robbery and burglary, and the sentencing enhancements for the personal
discharge of a firearm causing death were found true.
The District Attorney is seeking the death penalty in this case. 2 previous
juries were unable to reach a verdict regarding death on May 20, 2010, and
April 15, 2011. Opening statements in the re-trial of the penalty phase are
expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday, October at 9 a.m. in Department C-40,
Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On the morning of Feb. 9, 2007, Richardson left his Oceanside home wearing a
full-body painter's suit, sunglasses, dust mask, and gloves. About 10 a.m.,
Richardson entered a Home Depot store in Tustin carrying a black bag with the
intention of stealing money from the store. He wore a disguise to avoid being
recognized while trying to blend in with customers in the store.
The defendant approached store employees and asked for the manager. Richardson
approached store manager Thomas Egan, pulled out a gun, and demanded all the
cash kept in the store's safe. After Egan informed Richardson he did not have
access to the safe, the defendant headed toward the store's front cash
registers. Egan instructed nearby employees to call 911 and then followed
Richardson to the front of the store.
The defendant attempted to rob an employee at gunpoint and ignored Egan, who
was trying to discourage him from harming or robbing anyone. Richardson then
turned shot Egan in the stomach. The defendant stepped over the victim's body
with his firearm pointed at another employee. He continued his robbery,
stealing about $500 before fleeing.
The victim was taken to Western Medical Center, where he underwent emergency
surgery. He was pronounced dead approximately two hours later from massive
internal bleeding caused by the gunshot wound. Egan, a retired U.S. Marine
Sergeant, was a married father of young twin girls.
Richardson was linked to the murder through DNA evidence he left at the scene,
including on a sock containing bullets that he dropped. The defendant had
previously submitted a DNA sample to the court on another case. On Feb. 22,
2007, Richardson was arrested by police outside an Oceanside Parole Office.
The Tustin Police Department investigated this case. Senior Deputy District
Attorney Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
(source: The Capistrano Dispatch)
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