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Satanica

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https://abc13.com/man-who-killed-newlywed-during-robbery-set-to-die-in-texas/4878352/
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Alvin Braziel Jr. would be the 24th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 13th executed in Texas, which is the nation's busiest capital punishment state. He would be the last Texas inmate executed this year.

Braziel, now 43, was sentenced to death for the slaying of 27-year-old Douglas White as he and his wife Lora White walked along a community college jogging trail in 1993 in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite.

The Whites had been married for only 10 days when Braziel jumped out from behind some bushes with a pistol in his hand and demanded money.

The couple didn't have any money on them but told Braziel they could get him some and they started walking back to their truck. But Braziel became angry with them and ordered them to the ground.

"Doug ... was praying, asked God to forgive him and Lora for their sins because they both knew that this was it," said Michael Bradshaw, who was the lead detective who investigated the case for Mesquite police. "The last thing Doug said before Braziel fired the first round, he said, 'Please God, don't let him hurt Lora.'"

Braziel shot White once in the head and once in his heart.

Bradshaw said he believes Braziel would have also fatally shot then-24-year-old Lora White but his gun malfunctioned. Braziel took her to a bushy area near the trail instead and sexually assaulted her.

Douglas White's killing was featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted" and a $20,000 reward was raised by the chiropractic college he had worked for as an electrician. Bradshaw said more than 40 potential suspects were interrogated and had their blood drawn for testing.

Still, the slaying remained unsolved for more than seven years.

"I really didn't know that I would ever be able to solve it. But I really did not give up hope," said the 63-year-old Bradshaw, who retired from Mesquite police in 2012.

Braziel was eventually tied to the killing in 2001 after he was imprisoned for sexual assault on an unrelated case and his DNA matched evidence from Lora White's assault.

At his trial, Braziel said he wasn't near the college during the killing.

Braziel's attorneys didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment.

Last week, his lawyers asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to stop his execution, arguing in part he should not receive a lethal injection because he is intellectually disabled.

The Supreme Court held in 2002 that people convicted of murder who are intellectually disabled cannot be executed.

Braziel's attorneys have since withdrawn their request and no other appeals were pending in either state or federal court.

Courts have previously turned down Braziel's appeals that have focused on claims of mental illness and that he had suffered a childhood brain injury, saying Braziel had refused to be examined by a mental health expert during his trial and that his family had refused to help his defense attorneys obtain evidence of any mental health problems in Braziel's family.

Bradshaw said he still keeps in contact with Lora White and that she started a new life and is doing well.

"Lora wants it known that she's prayed for Alvin Braziel and his family. And she also prays that Alvin has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior and (he) asks forgiveness for all the evil things that he's done," Bradshaw said.
 

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Doug ... was praying, asked God to forgive him and Lora for their sins because they both knew that this was it," said Michael Bradshaw, who was the lead detective who investigated the case for Mesquite police. "The last thing Doug said before Braziel fired the first round, he said, 'Please God, don't let him hurt Lora.'"

Braziel shot White once in the head and once in his heart.

Bradshaw said he believes Braziel would have also fatally shot then-24-year-old Lora White but his gun malfunctioned. Braziel took her to a bushy area near the trail instead and sexually assaulted her.
Good riddance you turd on life
 

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The monster was saying enough to shoot and kill a man and then rape his wife. Is smart enough to mowed down. End him as soon as possible
 

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A Texas inmate was executed moments after he apologized to the widow of a newlywed man he fatally shot during a robbery more than 25 years ago.

Alvin Braziel Jr. received lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the 1993 slaying of 27-year-old Douglas White, who was attacked as he and his wife walked on a jogging trail.

Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, Braziel, 43, thanked supporters and apologized to the victim's wife, Lora White.

'I would like to apologize ... for her husband dying at my hands,' Braziel said from the death chamber gurney.

He also said he loved the White family and a person he named but who was not present, then told the warden he was finished.

Braziel became the 24th inmate put to death this year in the US and the 13th executed in Texas, the nation's busiest capital punishment state. He will be the last Texas inmate executed this year.

The execution was delayed about an hour after the six-hour window defined by the warrant began at 6pm.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected a last-minute appeal from Braziel's attorneys.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6487009/Texas-inmate-43-apologizes-wife-man-killed-executed.html
 

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A member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners who's scheduled to be executed Thursday evening should be spared because he didn't fatally shoot a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery more than 18 years ago, according to his attorneys.

Patrick Murphy, 57, is slated to receive lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. He was among the inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him.
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Murphy would be the fifth to be executed. The sixth inmate, Randy Halprin, has not been given an execution date.

Murphy would be the fourth inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the third executed in Texas, the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

He was convicted under Texas' law of parties, which holds a person criminally responsible for the actions of another if they are engaged in a conspiracy.

Murphy's attorneys have filed appeals to stop his execution, arguing his death sentence is unconstitutional because he was only the lookout during the robbery and was not a major participant in the crime, never firing at Hawkins because he had left the scene before the shooting began.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied his motion to stay the execution while the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles declined to recommend either a commutation of his sentence or a 90-day reprieve. No appeals were pending with the U.S. Supreme Court.

"It is unconscionable that Patrick Murphy may be executed for a murder he did not commit that resulted from a robbery in which he did not participate," his attorneys, David Dow and Jeff Newberry, said in a statement.

Murphy, who became a Buddhist almost a decade ago while incarcerated, has also asked that his execution be stopped until prison officials allow his spiritual advisor, a Buddhist priest, to be with him when he is put to death. His lawyers allege the officials' actions violate Murphy's First Amendment right to freedom of religion. The request was turned down this week by a federal judge in Houston and by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Murphy's attorneys also contend his execution should be stopped because Texas lawmakers are debating in the current legislative session whether to change the law of parties to prohibit a death sentence for any individual convicted for the conduct of a co-conspirator.

Toby Shook, the lead prosecutor who handled Murphy's case and those of the other five members, said Murphy actively participated in the robbery, monitoring a police scanner from a getaway vehicle and telling the other inmates when Hawkins was coming to the back of the store.

"He alerted them. That allowed them to set up their ambush," said Shook, who is now a criminal defense attorney in Dallas.

Murphy was serving 50 years for a Dallas sexual assault but was only 15 months away from being released on mandatory parole when he took part in the prison escape.

Shook said Murphy has a very long and violent criminal history, including molesting his step-sister and pulling a gun on his father.
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Guess what? If you've really had a deep spiritual experience/awakening, you no longer fear death and have accepted responsibility for your actions. You can, therefore, accept your consequences. Anyone who does not has not had a genuine change of heart.
 

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Supreme Court has stayed the execution.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners won a reprieve Thursday night from execution for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer after claiming his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser wasn't allowed to be in the death chamber with him.

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Patrick Murphy's execution about two hours after he could have been executed.

Murphy's attorneys had said that Texas prison officials' efforts to prevent the inmate's spiritual adviser, a Buddhist priest, from being with him when he is put to death violated Murphy's First Amendment right to freedom of religion. Murphy, 57, became a Buddhist almost a decade ago while incarcerated.
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But in a concurring opinion Thursday night, the newest justice on the court, Brett Kavanaugh, said the Texas prison system allows a Christian or Muslim inmate to have a state-employed Christian or Muslim religious adviser present either in the execution room or in the adjacent viewing room. But inmates of other religious denominations who want their religious adviser to be present can have the adviser present only in the viewing room and not in the execution room itself, he said.

"As this Court has repeatedly held, governmental discrimination against religion_in particular, discrimination against religious persons, religious organizations, and religious speech_violates the Constitution," he wrote. "The government may not discriminate against religion generally or against particular religious denominations."

Kavanaugh said Texas can't move forward with Murphy's punishment unless the state permits his Buddhist adviser or another Buddhist reverend of the state's choosing to accompany Murphy in the chamber during the execution.

"What the State may not do, in my view, is allow Christian or Muslim inmates but not Buddhist inmates to have a religious adviser of their religion in the execution room," the justice said.

Kavanaugh did not hear any death penalty cases in his 12 years as an appeals court judge joining the Supreme Court.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel the state would review the ruling to determine how to respond.
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http://www.fox4news.com/news/member-of-texas-7-prison-break-gang-set-for-execution-1
 

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JackBurton

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So bizarre.

Muslim guy wants Immam in the chamber with him, Supreme Court says fuck off.

Buddhist guy wants his Buddhist dude in there with him, Supreme Court says, "well grant your stay! no problem"

Fucking bizarre. Couple articles i read quotted several attorneys involved in both cases as well as some supreme court afficianados and nobody seems to understand the ruling or feel the explanation makes much sense.
 

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DALLAS—Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn’t accompany him.

Effective immediately, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will only permit prison security staff into the execution chamber, a spokesman said Wednesday, March 3. The policy change comes in response to the high court’s ruling staying the execution of Patrick Murphy, a member of the “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners.
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JackBurton

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hahah fucking awesome.

I was worried theyd go the other way and go bleeding heart at everyone, let everyone do whatever they want with religion. So awesome they just said fuck religion altogether.

It sickens me criminals are encouraged and given pats on the back for turning to religion while incarcerated. They should lose their freedom of religion and religious expression along with everything else.
 

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I can’t believe I agree with Brett Kavanaugh about anything, but he was right: you can’t favor one or two religions over another. Either everybody gets a religious advisor or no one does. Good call.
 

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