[Death Penalty Signs] Execution scheduled for Wed.
r-woodward at tcadp-bv.org
Wed Feb 8 08:07:13 CST 2006
I apologize for the late notice.
Robert Neville Jr. is scheduled to be executed today, Wed. 2/8. A
vigil will be held at the corner of Texas Ave. and Walton from 5:30-
6:00 p.m. Please join us if you are able. He was found guilty of
murdering Amy Robinson and we stand also in sorrow for her death.
For those that have lawn signs, please post them if you're still able
to do so.
Information about the case is pasted below.
Robert James Neville Jr., a 31-year-old white man, is facing
execution on Feb. 8, 2006 for one count of aggravated murder. In
1998 Neville and his accomplice, Michael Hall, drove their coworker,
19-year-old Amy Robinson, to a remote field in Tarrant County where
they shot and killed her. The two were captured by U.S. Customs
agents near the Mexican border.
Neville doesn´t contest his guilt in the killing of Ms. Robinson.
However, for Neville to be put to death, it is necessary that he have
committed aggravated murder, in this case murder and kidnapping.
Neville claims that he did not kidnap Robinson. Neville says that
she got into the car with him and Hall willingly and without
coercion. Neville raised the issue of his innocence of the
kidnapping charge in a habeas corpus petition made to the 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals, but the court refused to consider this issue, as
Neville had not previously raised it in a Texas appellate court.
Because Neville already had filed a habeas petition in the Texas
Court of Criminal Appeals, he could not address the kidnapping issue
in another petition. This left Neville stuck. A man who might not
be guilty of a capital crime may now be executed because the proper
appeal was not filed in the proper court.
What´s more, Neville may have been suffering from a psychiatric
disorder. The key to his defense was that he had lupus, a disease
which causes psychosis in some patients. Yet his attorney made no
effort to determine potential jurors´ attitudes toward the disease
during jury selection.
It is possible that Neville actually killed Ms. Robinson, but likely
that the crime did not meet the standard for Neville to qualify for
the death penalty. There is also a serious question whether Neville
was mentally ill when he committed the crime, and whether he will be
so on the day of his execution. For these reasons, we must not allow
Texas to put Robert Neville Jr. to death.
Please write Gov. Rick Perry requesting that he stop the execution of
Robert Neville Jr.!
e-mail: r-woodward at TCADP-BV.org
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