Texas vs. Ray Jasper- Death Warrant Case- 3/19/14

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3-19-14 ***UPDATE 2!***

Courts denied request for stay!

Opinion can be read in its entirety here

 

3-19-14      ***UPDATE***

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.

Important Details:

– 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.

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MI vs. Stephen Davis- Verdict updated 3/8

Wow this case is a doozy.
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Where: Mt. Clemens, MI

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The defendant: Stephen Davis
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Other defendant (charged but this isn’t his trial): James LaCoursiere
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When: 2008
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Victims: Robert “Bobby” McGuire (17), Nicholas “Nick” Noble (17), and Jordan VandePutte (17).
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The story:
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After school had let out, 45 miles outside of Detroit, two vehicles raced ahead of one another swooping and swerving around eachother. Near the 25 Mile Road intersection, the vehicle driven by James LaCoursiere drifted into oncoming traffic and hit a school bus. Two of his passengers died instantly and the other died at the hospital. The school bus was empty. James LaCoursiere now faces three counts of manslaughter.

The driver of the other vehicle that was racing with LaCousiere, Stephen Davis, also faces the same three counts. The state alleges that “Davis engaged the teens during a fit of ‘road rage’ and bears responsibility equal to that of LaCoursiere for the crash” (InSession)

There were 16 eyewitnesses who give different accounts of what happened and observers riding in the same car can’t agree which makes for murky facts. There is no reason for LaCourisere to swerve left since there was no contact between LaCousiere’s pickup and Davis’ car. La Coursiere, who only suffered leg injuries, says he doesn’t remember.

“Davis’ attorney Robert Vitale says that whatever the answer, his client simply minded his own business, while the kids played a game of Russian roulette from the moments they pulled onto the road. ‘If you play roulette long enough, sooner or later the bullet is going come up in the chamber. It could have been anybody else on the road; it happened to be Mr. Davis.'”(In Session)
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If convicted, Davis faces up to 15 years in prison. Continue reading

Florida vs. Schack- Verdict- Updated 2/18

On Thursday on InSession-

The Defendant: Mark Schack

Place: Lee County Florida

The Victim: Amy Boscarino (32)

May 17, 2008, police responded to an “accidental shooting” in Fort Meyers Florida. Upon arriving, police found Amy Boscarino on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. After an unsuccessful CPR attempt and EMS arrival, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

After further investigation, deputies found that it wasn’t actually an accident. Schack’s claim was that he adjusted the scope on his rifle when the gun went off accidentally as it fell from a dresser. Witnesses and friends state that their relationship had problems and it became clear that this was more than an accident and a resulting warrant was issued for Mark Schack.

He is charged with second-degree murder, which carries a minimum 25 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Verdict:

After deliberating for just an hour, jurors came back with a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder. Sentencing was held Feb 1, 2010 where he was sentenced to life in prison

Tennessee vs. Killings- Updated 2/12

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The State of Tennessee vs. Sergeant Ronald Killings, who is accused of reckless homicide with the death of Lakeisha White (11yrs) on the evening of July 17, 2008.

Killings faces up to four years if convicted.

Today: 2/11- the state prosecutors rested their case.

What the jury has to figure out is whether this is another case of a tragic accident or was it actually a criminal act.

From InSession:

“Killings was working a 2:00 p.m. to midnight shift on July 17, 2008.  At 8:43 p.m., he was en route to back up an officer who needed help. The officer had located some stolen property believed to be from a home invasion the night before.  A quarter of a mile from his destination, Killings struck Lakeisha White, who was crossing the street. He says he never saw her until she hit his windshield.

Killings’s car was photographed and impounded, and he consented to a blood test for alcohol which was taken a few hours later with negative results.”

I will update with more information as it becomes available…

VERDICT: Killings was acquitted in just 55 minutes.
Note: He still faces 2 other felony charges, one for tampering with evidence and the other for filing a false report.