[Death Penalty Signs] Execution on Wed. 1/25
r-woodward at tcadp-bv.org
Tue Jan 24 07:01:11 CST 2006
Marion Dudley is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on
Wed. Jan. 25. Those of you that have an Execution Today sign, please
post it during the day. There will be a protest at the corner of
Texas Ave. and Walton from 5:30 - 6:00.
Information about this case is in the letter to Governor to Perry
pasted below. You can send an appeal for Marion Dudley from the
NCADP's web site: http://ncadp.org
Marion Butler Dudley
January 25, 2006
Marion Butler Dudley, a black man, awaits execution in Texas for the
June 20, 1992 shooting deaths of three people in a Houston drug
house. The victims include Jose Tovar, a Hispanic man; Jessica
Quinones, a Hispanic woman and daughter-in-law of Tovar; and Frank
Farias, another Hispanic man and the son of a survivor of the
shootings. Rachel Tovar and two other victims survived the shootings
to identify Dudley as one of the attackers.
After arriving at the home of Rachel and Jose Tovar with the intent
to purchase cocaine, the defendant and two others decided to steal
drugs and money from the home. The three men tied up the occupants
of the house, demanded money, and then shot the victims.
Marion Dudley was 20 years old at the time of the crime; he had no
prior record. Dudley had not been educated beyond tenth grade.
Therefore Dudley may have been particularly susceptible to the
pressure to become involved in drugs. Furthermore, Dudley is a
reasonable candidate for a life sentence. He is young and so may
perhaps be rehabilitated. Alive, in prison and rehabilitated, Dudley
may begin to be an asset in the community by talking to other at-risk
youth. There is no way to know what such a young man could still do,
even while serving a life sentence.
The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman, and unusual punishment.
Evidence of the effectiveness of the death penalty as a means of
deterrence is inconclusive at best. Finally the death penalty is an
arbitrary and racially discriminate punishment that cannot be
reversed or amended. The execution of Dudley will not remedy the
tragic loss of life on June 20, 1992. Instead another family will
lose a loved one.
Please write Gov. Rick Perry requesting that he stop the execution of
e-mail: r-woodward at TCADP-BV.org
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