keith Steven Thurmond was pronounced dead at 6:22 PM CST at Huntsville, Texas, executed for murdering his estranged wife, Sharon, and her boyfriend, Guy Fernandez. Strapped on the Gurney in the execution chamber, Thurmond denied killing his wife, although he murdered her in the presence of the couple’s 8-year-old son
If his loved ones are typical, they are re now rushing to the funeral parlor where his body has been sent so they may touch it while it is still warm. The custom stems from the fact that, once a prisoner enters death row, he is permitted no physical contact with is family. In Thurmond’s case, that was about a decade ago.
|No. 11-9083||*** CAPITAL CASE ***|
|Docketed:||March 5, 2012|
|Linked with 11A839|
|Lower Ct:||Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas|
|Case Nos.:||(WR-62,425-01, and WR-62,425-02)|
|Decision Date:||February 29, 2012|
|~~~Date~~~||~~~~~~~Proceedings and Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
|Mar 5 2012||Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due April 4, 2012)|
|Mar 5 2012||Application (11A839) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Scalia.|
|Mar 6 2012||Brief of respondent in opposition filed.|
|Mar 6 2012||Reply of petitioner Keith Thurmond filed.|
|Mar 7 2012||Application (11A839) referred to the Court.|
|Mar 7 2012||Petition DENIED.|
|Mar 7 2012||Application (11A839) denied by the Court.|
Last News from execution watch : NO WORD FROM HIGH COURT ON THURMOND STAY
I just fielded a news call on whether the Supreme Court has ruled on Keith Thurmond’s request for a stay of tonight’s execution. I had to tell them, “No news yet.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering an emergency request from Keith Thurmond to stop the State of Texas from executing him tonight.
Last-minute requests like this from Texas are routinely considered by Justice Antonin Scalia, though he has the option to poll the full court.
Thurmond, who was denied any federal appeals because his lawyer missed a deadline, is slated to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. in the shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her new boyfriend a decade ago.
If the execution goes through as planned, Execution Watch will provide live coverage and commentary to inform listeners of the realities, versus the cliches, of the Texas death penalty.
The broadcast will be at 6 p.m. Central Time on nonprofit FM station KPFT 90.1 in Houston and online at http://executionwatch.org/ > Listen.
The execution will be the 480th in Texas since 1982 and the 241st since Rick Perry became governor. Perry has already presided over more than 50 percent of all Texas executions in the modern era.
source : execution watch.org