This Week in 2010

“I’m really deep down in my heart sorry it happened. I wish this would bring her back. I want you to know that I’m very sorry this ever happened. I knew it was wrong but it was alcohol, despair and temper that caused it. That’s it.”

– Gerald James Holland, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Mississippi. Executed May 20, 2010.

Holland raped, beat, and strangled Krystal King on the day before her fifteenth birthday. Her body was found shortly after with the assistance of Holland’s roommate, Jerry Douglas, who had helped him hide the body. Although Holland’s death sentence was rescinded after his trial, a jury resentenced him to death two years later.


This Week in 2009

“Don’t cry, it’s my situation. I got it. Hold tight, It’s going to shine on the golden child. Hold tight. I love you, I’m through with my statement.”

– Derrick Lamone Johnson, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Texas. Executed April 30, 2009.

Johnson and his fifteen-year-old accomplice, Marcus Maxwell, robbed and kidnapped LaTausha Curry while she made a call at a pay phone. Johnson confessed that he and Maxwell raped and killed Curry, suffocating her with her clothing. At the time of the murder, both men had been on a two-week crime spree that involved the sexual assaults of other women in the area.


This Week in 2012

“I regret nothing.”

– Thomas Arnold Kemp, Jr., convicted of murder, lethal injection, Arizona. Executed April 25, 2012.

Kemp and Jeffrey Logan kidnapped college student Hector Juarez in the parking lot of his apartment complex. The two forced Juarez to withdraw money from an ATM and shot him. Kemp showed no remorse for his crime and refused to attend a hearing with the Arizona Board of Execution Clemency.


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