Friday, January 27, 2012

Rodrigo Hernandez, #999474; January 26, 2012

Yes, I want to tell everybody that I love everybody. Keep your heads up. We are all family, people of God Almighty. We're all good. I'm ready.

Are they already doing it? I'm gonna go to sleep. See you later. This stuff stings*, man almighty.

Offender Information

For more information about Hernandez's crimes and execution, please see this Houston Chronicle article

*There is disagreement between media witnesses and TDCJ officials about whether Hernandez said "stings" or "stinks".

Esequel Banda #863; December 11, 1995


For more information about Banda and the crime the devil made him do, please see this Associated Press article.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hai Vuong #904; December 7, 1995

I thank God that he died for my sins on the cross, and I thank Him for saving my soul, so I will know when my body lays back in the grave, my soul goes to be with the Lord. Praise God. I hope whoever hears my voice tonight will turn to the Lord. I give my spirit back to Him. Praise the Lord. Praise Jesus. Hallelujah.

For more information on Vuong and his execution, the first of an Asian-American since the ban on capital punishment was lifted, please see this Houston Chronicle article

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bernard Amos #926; December 6, 1995

I just say in this case the state of Texas made a big mistake. It doesn't do any good to have a lawyer. Fifty percent of the cases go before the Court of Criminal Appeals. They only hear the white ones. May the grace of God have mercy on them.

Offender Information

For more information, please see this Associated Press article (via the Houston Chronicle)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Harold Lane #745; October 4, 1995

I have everlasting peace now and I'm ready.... Me and mama. Me and mama.

For additional information about the execution of Harold Lane, the 100th inmate put to death in Texas since the reinstatement of the death penalty, please see this Houston Chronicle article

Monday, January 23, 2012

Carl Johnson #633; September 19, 1995

I want the world to know that I’m innocent and that I’ve found peace. Let’s ride.

For a lengthy and fascinating retelling of Mr. Johnson's trial and appeals, including a discussion of his trial lawyer's incompetence and propensity to sleep during proceedings, please read this piece from one of his appeals lawyers.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Vernon Sattiewhite #857; August 15, 1995

I would like to say – I just hope Ms. Fielder is happy now. I would like to thank my lawyer, Nancy, for her help on my case and for being with me now.

For additional information, please see this Houston Chronicle article

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Karl Hammond #865; June 21, 1995

I just wanna say that I know it's so hard for people to lose someone they love so much. I think it's best for me to just say nothing at all.

For additional information, please see the AP story on Hammond's CNCP page

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

John Fearance #626; June 20, 1995

"I would like to say that I have no animosity toward anyone. I made a mistake 18 years ago – I lost control of my mind but I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. I feel like I'm not responsible for what I done because I had a bad psychotic break. I lost control. I lost my life. I have no hate toward humanity. I hope He will forgive me for what I done. I didn’t mean to and I'm ready to go meet my Maker."

He said "hail Mary" through a gasp before falling silent.

For additional information, please see this New York Times article

Monday, January 9, 2012

Ronald Allridge #818; June 8, 1995

"No, I'm not going to say anything"

For additional information, please see this AP story, printed in the Houston Chronicle

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fletcher Thomas Mann #705; June 1, 1995

I would like to tell my family I love them. My attorneys did their best. All of my brothers on death row, those who died and those who are still there, to hang in there. And that's all I have to say.

For more information, please see this Houston Chronicle article

Wednesday, January 4, 2012