Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jeffery Motley #789; February 7, 1995

In his final statement, Mr. Motley turned toward his mother, Joanne, and said, "I love you, Mom. Goodbye."

Then he cried and repeated, "Goodbye, Mom."

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For additional information, please see this New York Times article

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Willie Williams #677; January 31, 1995

There’s love and peace in Islam.

For more information about Williams's crime and execution, his "double execution" with Clifton Russell Jr, and the mix-up that led an auto-thief to death row (temporarily), please see these Houston Chronicle articles.

Clifton Russell #658; January 31, 1995

I would like to thank my friends and family for sticking with me through all of this. I would like to encourage my brothers to continue to run the race. I thank my Father, God in Heaven, for the grace he has granted me – I am ready.

For additional information about Russell's crime and execution, and his "double execution" with Willie Williams, please see this CNCPF page.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mario Marquez #776; January 17, 1995

Thank you for being my Lord Jesus and Savior and I am ready to come home. Amen.

Please see these Houston Chronicle articles for additional information about Marquez's crime, execution, and the debate surrounding his mental retardation.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jesse Jacobs #872; January 4, 1995

I have committed lots of sin in my life, but I am not guilty of this crime.

I would like to tell my son, daughter and wife that I love them –

Eden, if they want proof of them, give it to them. Thanks for being my friend.

Offender Information

For additional information, please see this Houston Chronicle article

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Raymond Kinnamon #808; December 11, 1994

…guys like them got tied up in something like this. Thank Chaplain Taylor and Jane. I just got your letter. Thanks to Carolyn and Gloria, who have been my friends for over four years. I want to remember Patsy Buntion, Gladys and a lot more friends. I want to thank the prosecutor in my case; it took courage for him to do what he did but he did what he did because he believed in the judicial system.

I’m not ready to go, but I have no choice; I sent several letters to my family; they’ll be very moving when you get them. I want to say goodbye again to my boys. I know I’m missing somebody, but if there’s anything I have left to say, it would be that I wish I had a Shakespearean vocabulary, but since I was raised in TDC, I missed out on some of my vocabulary.

If my words can persuade you to discontinue this practice of executing people, please do so. If the citizens don’t do away with the death penalty, Texas won’t be a safe place to be. I have no revenge because hate won’t solve anything.

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For additional information about Kinnamon's crime, execution, and his filibustering in the execution chamber, please see his CNCPF page

Friday, December 16, 2011

Herman Clark #715; December 6, 1994

I told the daughter not to come. Discontinue; be quiet, please. Specifically, I want to say that the bad evil man I was when I came to death row 13 years ago is no more – by the power of God; Jesus Christ; God Almighty; Holy Spirit, he has transformed me as a new creature of Christ. I know that I am a Christ child and that my Lord will welcome me into His arms.

Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. I love all of you, those I can and can’t see. With the love of Christ, my love for you is secure and I love you purely and wholeheartedly in the name of the Almighty God.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Walter Williams #722; October 5, 1994

(Mumbled something about he wished his whole life would have been spent as Islamic.)

For additional information, please see Williams' CNCPF site

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Robert Nelson Drew #755; August 2, 1994

(First two or three words not understood.) I don’t know why Marta Glass wasn’t allowed in here. I love you all. Keep the faith. Remember the death penalty is murder. They are taking the life of an innocent man. My attorney, Ron Kuley [unintelligible], will read my letter at a press conference after this is over. That is all I have to say. I love you all.

Please see these Houston Chronicle articles for more insight into this strange case

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stephen Ray Nethery #698; May 27, 1994

Well, I just wanted to ask people to pray for two families: my family and the family of Officer McCarthy. I appreciate the prayers. Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.