Sherman judge halts execution

By: From Wire Reports Email
By: From Wire Reports Email

Judges have halted two executions set for next month in Texas.

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A federal judge in Sherman has stopped the November 6th execution of a man set to die for killing a Tyler woman and stealing her purse and car in 1997.

It's the third reprieve for Allen Bridgers, whose attorneys say he's mentally retarded.

The victim was Mary Amie.

The inmate's 2006 scheduled execution was stopped after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered his case back to Smith County, for the trial court to consider whether he's retarded.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that mentally retarded people can't be executed.

A judge in Fort Worth has halted an execution on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision to consider whether lethal injection is legal.

Dale Devon Scheanette was scheduled to die for killing a teacher's aide in her Arlington apartment bathtub. The December 1996 rape and beating victim was Wendie Prescott.

A judge withdrew the execution date, citing other cases that were halted.

Last month the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to lethal injection from inmates in Kentucky.

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  • by sarah Location: UK on Jan 15, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    u really are unbelievable to suggest that the mentally ill/retarded need to be put to death! They are in this mess,often through neglect and mis-treatment themselves and need HELP not more abuse thrown about in this world! Talk about blood on your hands - if your not ashamed of putting these people to death yourselves,then volunteer to be the executioner instead of giving them anonymity! Shame on the lot of you!!!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 18, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    This is stupid. We still live in Texas don't we. The death penalty is legal. Put the murderer to death. What about the victims rights?
  • by Don Location: Sherman on Oct 18, 2007 at 03:16 PM
    Why do you not name the judge in this story? If He/or She, wants to disregard the punishment handed down by the jury,then they should be ready to answer to the public.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 at 11:02 AM
    First of all, HOW can lethal injection be inhumane? I would like to see hanging returned for violent offenders. Second of all, if someone is or "plays" the mentally challenged card...........what do we do with them?
  • by julie Location: texas on Oct 18, 2007 at 10:43 AM
    He wasn't retarded enough to know why to steal a purse and kill the woman so there would be no witnesses.Sounds pretty smart to me.Actually anyone who steals or kills needs to be locked up for life or die.
  • by no one Location: Sherman on Oct 18, 2007 at 10:38 AM
    Put them in the stockade and let the villagers handle it. Hmmm, maybe they had the rigtht idea back then!
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