[Death Penalty Signs] Vigil on Thursday 1/19
r-woodward at tcadp-bv.org
Tue Jan 17 18:32:55 CST 2006
Julius Murphy is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on
Thursday, 1/19. If you have one of our Execution Today signs, please
post it that day. A vigil will be held at the corner of Texas Ave.
and Walton, across from the main entrance to the A&M campus from 5:30-
6:00. A detailed description of this case is pasted below.
You can take action by contacting the Governor's comment line: 800-
843-5789, or sending messages to him through the NCADP's web site;
There two other executions scheduled for January, Marion Dudley on
1/25 and Jaime Elizalde on 1/31.
Julius Jerome Murphy
January 19, 2006
Julius Jerome Murphy, a 27-year-old black man from Bowie County,
Texas, is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 19, 2006 for the Sept. 19,
1997 murder of Jason Erie, 26, in Texarkana. After a full day of
drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, Murphy and his friends are
said to have seen Erie parked on the side of the road having car
trouble. Murphy and his friends are said to have helped Erie with
his car. Then Murphy is accused of having shot and robbed Erie.
There were two major problems with Murphy´s trial. First, Murphy was
tried by an all white jury. The courts found no discriminatory act
on the part of the prosecution although five of the six prospective
jurors who were black were peremptorily struck by the prosecutor. It
is hard to believe that these peremptory strikes had nothing to do
with the race of the jurors. Second, a major factor of the
prosecution´s case was the testimony of Murphy´s girlfriend,
Christina Davis. Ms. Davis admitted that she and Murphy had a
violent and volatile relationship and that they were fighting on the
day of the crime. She also admitted that she was present throughout
all of the events before, during, and after Erie´s death. It is
irresponsible for the court to allow an 18-year-old boy to be
convicted based on the testimony of an admittedly hostile accomplice.
Murphy was only 18 at the time of Erie´s death and he had no prior
record. He was not tried by a jury of his peers and his conviction
was based on the testimony of an angry girlfriend who was also
involved in any crime that may have taken place. Clearly the death
penalty is not appropriate in this case.
e-mail: r-woodward at TCADP-BV.org
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