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If your house lights dimmed last night

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by poindexter, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    it was probably because of this:


    State uses electric chair for first time since 1960

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- A man convicted of murdering four children with an assault rifle was executed Wednesday, becoming the first Tennessee inmate put to death by electrocution since 1960.

    Daryl Holton, 45, had confessed to shooting his three young sons and their half-sister in 1997 in the town of Shelbyville, about 50 miles south of Nashville.

    Holton told police he killed the children because his ex-wife had refused to let him see them. He said he intended to kill her and himself, but instead turned himself in.

    As the hours ticked away Tuesday night, a group of attorneys petitioned the state Supreme Court to stop the electrocution, saying the execution method was cruel and unusual punishment. But the court rejected the petition.

    Holton chose the electric chair over the state's preferred execution method, lethal injection. Under Tennessee law, death row inmates can choose between the electric chair and lethal injection if their crimes were committed before 1999.

    Holton, a Gulf War veteran, confessed to the 1997 killings, saying he lined up the children at his uncle's auto repair garage and shot them.

    Holton, 45, came within a day of being executed a year ago before getting a stay from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. He was also among four death row inmates whose executions were postponed in February, when Gov. Phil Bredesen placed a 90-day moratorium on the death penalty.

    Bredesen had cited a number of problems with the state's execution guidelines, including a jumble of conflicting instructions that mixed lethal injection instructions with those for the electric chair.

    The Correction Department completed the revision of its procedures in March, the moratorium was allowed to expire and the four executions were rescheduled.

    Holton made no special requests for his last meal, said state Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter.

    His lawyers have said he has a long history of mental illness and may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from his Army service.

    Nine states allow some or all condemned inmates to choose between lethal injection and another execution method, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a research group that opposes the death penalty. Ten states have the electric chair, but only Nebraska uses it exclusively.

    The last Tennessee inmate to die by electric chair was convicted rapist William Tines, who was executed November 7, 1960.

    Virginia inmate Brandon Hedrick was the last person executed by electric chair in the U.S., on July 20, 2006, according to the center.

  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Figures the murders happened in Shelbyville. That stuff doesn't happen on the other side of the lemon tree (Springfield).
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Sorry. Someone who would kill his own kids like that is sick. Wouldn't waste the wattage on him.
  4. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    The only shame in this is it took 10 years to make this happen.

    This refuse got to live 3,650 or so days that his children did not.

    Would have been glad to go by candle light or flash light last evening to allow them to have my share of electricity.
  5. Thinking Man

    Thinking Man Member

    I hope there is a special place in Hell for this fuckhead.
  6. westcoastvol

    westcoastvol Active Member

    Thank God for TVA, otherwise, Tennesseans would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to juice the fucker.

    Instead, it's only thousands. [/historyteacherOFF]
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I was in the big house over there once ... not as a prisoner ... and saw the chair.

    I made a note to myself that I never wanted to be the guest of honor there.
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    God, you could make the worst Alabama Power commercial ever based off this. [/inside joke]
  9. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    We did not feel that ripple effect in Canada, but thanks for the heads up.
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