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.
This Week in 2010
“I came in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Erin and Emma will forever and always hold the heart of the lion. To my brothers, I hope they will never have to walk these 15 steps I walked today. I have tried to bring attention to the futility and flagrantly flawed system we have today. Stop the madness.”
– Lawrence Raymond Reynolds, Jr., convicted of murder, lethal injection, Ohio. Executed March 16, 2010.
Reynolds, an alcoholic, strangled Loretta Mae Foster, leaving with her checkbook and $40 in cash to buy liquor. One month prior to the murder, Foster had hired Reynolds to paint her basement and was reportedly harassed by Reynolds, who claimed that she owed him $300 for the job rather than the $100 that she paid him.
This Week in 2012
“I love my family. Potato, potato, potato.”
– Robert Charles Towery, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Arizona. Executed March 8, 2012.
Towery and Randy Barker robbed the home of Mark Jones, a philanthropist known for providing scholarships to University of Arizona students. Towery strangled Jones and fled with Barker in his car. According to his attorney, “potato” was a reference to the sound of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine and was meant as a message to his nephew, a motorcycle enthusiast. While on death row, Towry also exchanged letters with bestselling author Jodi Picoult.