– Robert Hendrix and Elmer Scott (his cousin) were involved in a residential burglary where Scott was then apprehended by authorities.
– Scott entered into a plea deal with the authorities that says while he was guilty of the crime, he pled guilty to burglary, he had to serve two years, and testify against Hendrix.
– Hendrix was then arrested and charged with armed burglary. There was a plea offered to Hendrix; 4 years prison and 5 years probation.
– Prior to the scheduled court date, Hendrix told friends that he wanted to kill Scott to keep him from testifying against him because he didn’t want to take the offered plea. Hendrix also mentioned to his girlfriend, Denise Turbyville, various plans to carry out his intention.
– Hendrix then found a throw away gun that wasn’t traceable back to him and constructed a silencer for it. He took a mask, hat and gloves with him to Scotts home. Denise Turbeyville was the driver. She heard several shots fired and Hendrix returned to the car.
– Hendrix told Denise that he shot Scott in the head used a knife to kill his wife Michelle by slitting her throat. Hendrix further slashed Scott’s throat with the knife as well.
– The police arrested Hendrix and was subsequently tried for his crimes.
– November 1, 1987, police and firefighters respond to a 9:30 p.m. call about a fire at a Deerfield Beach fabric store where they discovered Phyllis Harris and Janet Thermidor, two of the store’s employees.
– Phyllis Harris was found tied up, deceased, in the mens restroom.
– Janet Thermidor was found in the women’s restroom, conscious, with severe burns on 90% of her body and a head wound. While at the hospital, she told an officer that she was hit over the head in the store offrice by Mr. Henry not only stole the store’s money but threw some liquid on her and set her on fire. She ran to the restroom to try to put out the fire. She later died.
– The police then arrested and questioned Mr. Henry who initially stated that he was kidnapped by three strangers who then robbed the store, but later, he made self-incriminating statements to the contrary.
11/18/87 Mr. Henry was indicted on:
– Count I: First-Degree Murder
– Count II: First-Degree Murder
– Count III: Robbery with a Deadly Weapon
– Count IV: Arson with a Deadly Weapon
09/29/88- Mr. Henry was found guilty on all counts
10/06/88- Was recommended Death for Count I by a vote of 8-4 and Count II by a vote of 9-3
– Count 1: First- Degree Murder- Death
– Count II: First-Degree Murder- Death
– Count III: Robbery with a Deadly Weapon- Life
– Count IV: Arson with a Deadly Weapon- Life
Mr. Henry’s execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014
The last appeal in this case was filed 4/26/12 arguing that:
1) Race based jury selection is unconstitutional and a potential juror at his trial was excluded improperly because he was black.
2) Jasper claims that he had insufficient legal help at his trial .
3) Texas death penalty is unconstitutional.
The court then rejected all the arguments.
His execution is scheduled for today and you can listen to Execution Watch live here on the Execution Watch home page today from 6pm-7pm CT.
– November 29, 1998- Ray Jasper and two other co-defendants caused the death of David Alejandro during an attempted robbery.
– The victim was a business partner and owner of a recording studio in San Antonio, Texas.
– Ray Jasper walked up to the victim from behind, grabbed his hair and slit his throat and then stabbed repeatedly to death. The victim was then covered in a black sheet.
– The defendants then loaded equipment from the studio into waiting vehicles and made several trips two and from the site.
– After Jasper was apprehended, he later confessed to planning the crime. His confession describes events in detail that were later corroborated and matched up with the physical evidence discovered by investigators.
– He was indicted for robbery related capital murder where he was found guilty.
– February 4, 2000, Jasper was sentenced to death.
– Most recent Habeas appeal was denied on 3/10/14 and can be read here.
On 3/4/14 Ray Jasper sent a letter to Gawker which has caused a lot of backlash to Gawker. It can be read in it’s entirety here.
“Family prepares for execution of son’s killer”- Can be read here, as you have to be a member of the original newspaper site to read it there.
“Brother of Ray Jasper’s Victim Shares his Story”– here.
As always, this post will be updated with any last minute stay’s or appeals filed.
– Mr. Howell was involved in a drug ring in which Tammie Bailey (the would-be victim) could link Mr. Howell & his brother (Patrick) to a previous murder so she needed to be eliminated.
– Mr. Howell constructed a bomb that was placed in a microwave oven wrapped to look like a present. After hiring Lester Watson to deliver the “gift”, Mr. Watson was pulled over for speeding, in a car rented by Mr. Howell. Watson provided a false name and date of birth because he didn’t have a valid drivers license. After the sheriff ran a registration check, it came back that it was rented to Mr. Howell.
– The cops contacted Mr. Howell who said that he lent the car to Watson but didn’t realize he would be so far from home. Mr. Howell was informed that Watson would be taken to jail. The Sheriffs department was given permission to search the car and saw the gift wrapped package in the trunk. Watson was taken to jail and shortly after they left, there was a massive explosion. Trooper Fulford was holding the package when it was detonated.
– Mr. Howell was charged with the death of Trooper Fulford. The venue of the trial was moved from Jefferson County to Escambia County. Mr.. Howell, after trial, was sentenced to death in 1995.
– Lester Watson, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
– Patrick Howell (brother of defendant) is serving a life sentence without eligibility of parole for 25 years for his involvement.
There was an opinion filed by the Florida Supreme Court on 2/220/14 that can be read here which upheld the denial for post conviction relief.
He is set to be executed today 2/26/14 at 6pm EST.
**This page will be updated with any last minute appeals**
This is an old case now being aired on In Session. I was hesitant in even writing about it because it isn’t live but here it is anyway.
The Defendant: Bobby Batiste-
The Victim: Andreas Galanis-
– On the campus of Mississippi State University, spring break rolled around. The victim went to the bank and found that someone had been using his debit card for just over $4500. Galanis then found out that it was his roommate. The next day, after Galanis’ mother called the cops because she hadn’t heard from him, the police walked into the room and found Andreas in a pool of blood on the floor. The first suspect, Bobby Batiste because he was the only one in the apartment when the deputies arrived. I’ll spare you the gritty details, but the crime scene was horrific. Only a few short hours later Batiste gave a confession to the police which was alco videotaped. He faced a capital murder charge and a possibility of a death sentence. The defense’s goal was to try to convince the jury that while he did kill Galanis, he didn’t do it in the course of robbing him which would warrant the death sentence.
Batiste was further convicted and the prosecution proved that he did so while robbing Galanis and therefore he is eligible for the death penalty.
After only 3 hours of deliberation, a jury of 8 men and 4 women came back with a death sentence.