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Friday, February 13, 2015

Criminal Justice Quote: Say Goodbye to Robert Ladd

     The state of Texas executed convicted killer Robert Ladd who was convicted of murdering a woman in 1996…Ladd, a 57-year-old African-American, was declared dead Thursday January 30, 2015 after receiving a lethal injection at Huntsville prison…Witnesses to the execution were two people who Ladd had exchanged correspondence with during his imprisonment.

     Minutes before the execution was carried out, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal by Ladd's lawyers who argued that the execution would contradict a decision by the Supreme Court in 2002 that prohibits the death penalty for people with intellectual disabilities…

     Ladd was sentenced to death for the murder of Vicki Ann Garner, a 38-year-old woman who he abused sexually, then strangled. He also hit her with a hammer and burned her body in her home in Tyler, Texas.

     Sixteen years earlier, in 1980, Ladd had committed a nearly identical crime: he stabbed a women in her apartment in Dallas and set the body on fire. The fire set the apartment on fire, killing the victim's two daughters. In 1992, he was placed on probation after serving 12 years of his sentence. [Why wasn't he given life or put on death row after those murders? If there is "intellectual disability" in this case, it resides with the authorities in Texas who set this killer free.]

"Texas Executes Prisoner With Alleged Intellectual Disability," business-standard.com, January 30, 2015

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