July 9

SOUTH DAKOTA----execution date set//impending//volunteer

Execution date, time set for Inmate Elijah Page

The announcement came late Monday that Page, incarcerated for the March
2000 Spearfish torture and murder of Chester Allan Pouge, will be killed
by lethal injection at 10 p.m. CDT in Sioux Falls.

According to state law, in a capital punishment case the judge designates
a week for the execution to occur, and the exact day and time of the
execution is left to the warden's discretion. The warden is then required
by state law to publicly announce the day and hour of the execution not
less than 48 hours prior to the execution.

Round's postponed Page's execution last year because state law at the time
required the use of 2 specific drugs for lethal injection. State
correction officials issued a new execution policy in June that allows
prison officials to use discretion in determine the specific kinds of
drugs used for lethal injection in South Dakota.

The 25-year-old Athens, Texas native will be hooked up to two intravenous
lines, one the primary line for the lethal injection and the 2nd a backup.
According to this policy, 1st, sodium pentothal will be injected to make
the inmate unconscious and not subject to unnecessary pain. The 2nd
chemical, pancuronium bromide, will be used to stop his breathing. The
3rd, potassium chloride, will be injected to stop the heart.

As for whether or not a stay of execution could take place again, the
standard state procedure allows for any last minute appeals. If the
governor, attorney general and chief justice of the state Supreme Court
confirm that no last-minute appeals take place, Page will be moved into
the execution chamber. Witnesses will then be brought into the witness
rooms and curtains into the execution chamber will be opened after
everything is ready. The warden will then give Page a chance to make a
final statement.

The drugs will then be injected and the county coroner will declare the
inmate dead.

(source: Black Hills Pioneer)


Appeals Court Lifts Execution Stay Against Man----Victim's stepson, Rogers
officer wait for execution

A ruling from the 8th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals may pave the
way for the execution of Don William Davis, convicted in the 1990 murder
of Jane Daniel of Rogers.

The judges on Monday lifted a stay of execution entered last July by U.S.
District Judge Susan Webber Wright.

Davis, now 44, was set to be executed in 2006 but claimed death by lethal
injection was unconstitutional because of the potential that he might not
die quickly enough and therefore would suffer pain.

Daniel's survivors remain skeptical about Davis' eventual death, as the
family traveled to Pine Bluff, near Varner, for Davis' scheduled July 5,
2006, execution.

Davis is in the Varner Supermax unit of the Arkansas Department of

"We just need to see where it leads. It has kind of started the process
again. We have been through it before," said Larry Daniel of Rogers, Jane
Daniel's stepson, of Monday's ruling.

"It gets very emotional. You kind of relive everything. It's one of those
things that you want to get it done, so you can put it behind you and move
forward," Larry Daniel said. "We are still waiting for the orders of the
court to be carried out."

Gov. Mike Beebe's office is aware the 8th Circuit 3-judge panel lifted the
stay against Davis, according to Matt DeCample, Beebe's spokesman.

If Davis has no more appeals, the attorney general's office will request
Beebe to set Davis' execution date, DeCample said.

Alvin Schay of Little Rock, Davis' attorney since about 2000, said Davis
has at least three more chances to avoid the death penalty.

Schay said he has 14 days to file a petition for a rehearing with all the
8th Circuit judges. If that is denied, Schay would file a writ of
certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court.

A writ of certiorari is an order from a higher court asking the lower
court to send all documents in a case for review. The U.S. Supreme Court
grants writs at its discretion and only when at least 3 justices believe
the case involves a significant federal question in the public interest.

If the Supreme Court denies a writ of certiorari, the lower court decision

Davis also could ask Beebe for clemency, Schay said.

Davis killed Jane Daniel at her Twin Lakes Estates home on Oct. 12, 1990.
Davis shot her execution-style with a .44 Magnum and stole items from the
home, including jewelry.

Davis was convicted in 1992, filed an unsuccessful appeal in 1994 and was
scheduled for execution by lethal injection on Nov. 22, 1999.

However, the Supreme Court stayed Davis' 1999 execution to consider
pending appeals.

Davis in June 2001 claimed he did not want to appeal his death sentence
after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Davis did not have an ineffective
attorney at trial and denied his request for a new trial.

Wright issued a stay of execution last year after Davis appealed again.
Davis' appeal came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a Florida case
that an appeal could be heard on the grounds the drug combination used in
that state could cause pain, constituting cruel and unusual punishment.

After Monday's 8th Circuit ruling, a detective who investigated Daniel's
murder said it was time for Davis' death.

"Last year's execution date was well past the time justice should been
carried out. Now it is certainly time for justice to be done," said Capt.
Ron Largent of the Rogers Police Department.

"I am taking a wait-and-see attitude," said Capt. Mike Jones of the Benton
County Sheriff's Office. The former Rogers police chief directed the
murder investigation.

"It should have already been taken care of," Jones said of Davis'
execution. "I never cease to be amazed at the tricks some people can pull
out of their hats."

Betsey Wright, a Rogers resident opposed to the death penalty, said the
ultimate punishment is unfairly administered. There are no statewide
standards on who gets the death penalty and who is allowed to live, she

"There are many people not on death row who committed murders identical to
those that some who are on death row have committed," she said.

The death penalty also runs contrary to Christian values and the values of
democracy, Wright said, but she doesn't hold out hope for Davis.

"I'm not optimistic that I can prevent his death," she said.

(source: The Morning News)

NORTH CAROLINA----new death sentence

Waring sentenced to death

A Wake County jury decided today to sentence Byron Waring to death a week
after he was convicted of killing a 22-year-old woman in her apartment.

Waring, 20, was convicted of 1st-degree murder June 28 in connection with
the Nov. 8, 2005, death of Lauren Redman.

The jury began their deliberations at 11:35 a.m. and returned their
sentence at 2:30 p.m.

Another man, Joseph "Joey" Sanderlin, also faces murder charges in
Redman's death. Police believe Waring and Sanderlin attacked Redman, 22,
in her West Raleigh apartment after meeting her the night before.

Redman was stabbed and cut 47 times, to the point her intestines were
exposed, and was raped.

Waring confessed to police, telling them that Sanderlin raped Redman while
he held her down. Waring's attorneys called numerous witnesses to testify
before the jury, many of whom described Waring as being slow and having an
IQ a little higher than that of mental retardation. His family described
him as a follower who needed protection.

The last time a Wake County jury handed down a death sentence was in 2001,
despite several high-profile trials since then in which Wake prosecutors
have asked for the punishment. Executions in North Carolina have been put
on indefinite hold after legal objections raised by lawyers for condemned

(source: The News & Observer)


Attorney general seeks death penalty in Jodi Sanderholm killing

Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison this afternoon filed his notice to
seek the death penalty against Justin Thurber, accused of killing Jodi
Sanderholm in January.

The trial date was set for June 24, 2008.

Thurber stood silent during the arraignment, and the court entered a
not-guilty plea in his behalf.

Thurber waived his right to a speedy trial to accommodate the complex
litigation required in the case.

Sanderholm was a Cowley College student in Arkansas City when she
disappeared Jan. 5. Thurber has been charged with capital murder,
aggravated kidnapping, rape and aggravated sodomy in Sanderholm's death.

(source: Wichita Eagle)


Ariz. high court upholds death sentence of husband-killer

The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence of a woman
convicted of killing her cancer-stricken husband.

The court rejected 11 separate arguments raised by lawyers for Wendi
Andriano, 36, in an effort to have her 1st-degree murder conviction and
death sentence overturned.

Andriano was convicted in the Oct. 8, 2000, death of her husband, Joe
Andriano, who was terminally ill with cancer. The couple lived in the
Phoenix community of Ahwatukee.

During the trial, the prosecutor Martinez characterized Andriano as a
greedy, cheating wife who killed her cancer-stricken husband in a
"shockingly evil" way.

Martinez alleged Wendi Andriano tried to pass off her husband's death as a
heart attack to get money from a malpractice lawsuit.

Joe Andriano was struck in the head at least 23 times and stabbed in the
neck. Investigators also found pesticide in his stomach and evidence that
his wife had been trying to poison him for a substantial period.

Wendi Andriano testified for 9 days in her own defense and claimed she had
been battered by her husband. She said he flew into a rage when she told
him she had an affair and the two got into a struggle with a knife.

In her appeal, Wendi Andriano claimed that evidence of her affairs and
efforts to buy life insurance policies for her ailing husband unfairly
prejudiced her in front of the jury. She also argued that the jury should
have been allowed to consider the lesser crimes of 2nd-degree murder and

She raised questions about the jury's deliberations during the penalty
phase, when it appeared deadlocked and the judge offered to answer legal
questions to help them reach a decision, saying the judge's actions were
jury coercion.

And she claimed the state's method of execution by lethal injection was
cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution because exact
drug doses and potential problems with the technique are not spelled out
in the law.

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous 39-page opinion, rejected all in turn.

Andriano is 1 of only 2 women on Arizona's death row.

(source: Associated Press)

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