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March 5 2009 | UNITED STATES

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Kenneth Morris executed in Texas on his birthday

 
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PENA MORTE: USA; NUOVA ESECUZIONE IN TEXAS

NEW YORK, 5 MAR - Nuova esecuzione in Texas, la decima dall'inizio dell'anno: un uomo di colore condannato per un omicidio del 1991 e' stato messo a morte nel giorno del suo trentottesimo compleanno.

Kenneth Morris e' morto alle 18:16 locali nel carcere di Huntsville, otto minuti dopo la somministrazione dell'iniezione letale.

L'esecuzione e' stata la sedicesima del 2009 negli Stati Uniti. Il Texas e' tuttora lo stato che guida la classifica della pena di morte con 433 condannati uccisi dal 1976.

 

AP

Man convicted of robbery death executed in Texas

HUNTSVILLE, Texas _ The convicted killer of a Houston man gunned down during a botched burglary nearly 18 years ago was executed Wednesday evening after apologizing for the killing.

«I'm sorry for all the pain I might have caused you and your family,» Kenneth Wayne Morris said to three of the victim's sons and a grandson. «I carry nothing but love in my heart. I pray one day y'all can forgive me.»

Morris told two friends watching that he loved them, and said he was «ready to go home.» He was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. (7:16 p.m. EST; 0016 GMT), eight minutes afterthe lethal drugs began flowing.

Morris, whose 38th birthday was Wednesday, was the 10th condemned murderer executed in Texas this year and the second in as many nights to receive lethal injection.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop the execution less than 30 minutes before he was scheduled to be taken to the death chamber.

Attorneys for Morris had sought to overturn his death sentence or delay the punishment, contending the Harris County district attorney's office unconstitutionally discriminated against Morris in seeking the death penalty against him because he is black.

Roe Wilson, a Harris County assistant prosecutor handling Morris' appeal, said it would be «ludicrous to assert that Harris County sought the death penalty against Morris for a discriminatory reason.»

In 2003, Morris was within about two hours of execution when he won a court reprieve to investigate claims he may be mentally retarded and ineligible for the death penalty.

Those issues were resolved last year.

Morris was condemned for the 1991 shooting of James Adams, 63, during a home break-in. Evidence showed Morris and two companions were looking for a place that had numerous expensive weapons but got disoriented as they drove around the neighborhood and picked the wrong house.

Adams gave them more than $1,000 in cash but no guns. He was shot and fell into a closet where his wife was hiding from the intruders.

The three burglars left behind garbage bags, one of which had a fingerprint that led police to arrest Christopher Montez, then 18. He led them to Morris.

Morris was arrested 12 days after the shooting. Montez's cousin, Orlena Ayers, then 20, got life in prison for his part in the robbery, and Montez received 85 years.

On Tuesday, convicted killer Willie Pondexter was executed for a fatal shooting of a woman during a home burglary in Clarksville. Two more executions are set for next week in Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state.

 

AFP

Un Noir exécuté au Texas le jour de ses 38 ans

WASHINGTON, 4 mars 2009  - Un Noir, condamné à mort pour un meurtre lors d'un cambriolage en 1991, a été exécuté mercredi le jour de ses 38 ans par injection létale au Texas (sud des Etats-Unis), a-t-on appris auprès des autorités pénitentiaires.

Le décès de Kenneth Morris a été prononcé à 18H16 locales (00H18 GMT jeudi), à la prison de Huntsville, huit minutes après l'administration de l'injection létale, selon la même source.

Le 1er mai 1991, alors qu'il n'était âgé que de 20 ans, Kenneth Morris, alors en liberté conditionnelle, s'est introduit dans la nuit avec d'autres jeunes gens dans la maison de James et Marcena Adams à Houston (Texas) pour y voler des armes à feu.

Réveillé, M. Adams s'est retrouvé face à face avec les cambrioleurs pendant que sa femme se cachait dans un placard. Alors qu'il venait de leur donner 1.800 dollars, il a reçu quatre coups de feu dans la tête et le cou, selon le témoignage de sa femme, rapporté par le ministre de la Justice de l'Etat du Texas dans un communiqué.

L'enquête de police a révélé que c'était Kenneth Morris qui avait tiré, ce qu'il a réfuté. Les deux autres jeunes ont été condamnés à de longues peines de prison et M. Morris a été condamné à mort le 8 décembre 1993.

En avril 2003, son exécution avait été retardée quand il avait déposé un recours assurant qu'il était mentalement retardé.

M. Morris est le 16e mis à mort aux Etats-Unis, le dixième au Texas depuis le début de 2009. Cet Etat détient le record en nombre d'exécutions, avec 433 condamnés tués depuis 1976.

 

EFE

Asesino es ejecutado en Estados Unidos el día de su cumpleaños

Washington, 4 mar.- Un hombre que hace 17 años asesinó a balazos al dueño de una vivienda durante un asalto fue ejecutado hoy, día de su cumpleaños, en el estado de Texas, informaron fuentes del penal de Huntsville.

La ejecución de Kenneth Morris con una inyección letal se llevó a cabo en el mismo día en que el convicto cumplía 38 años de edad. Morris fue declarado culpable de matar a balazos en Houston a James Adams después que éste le entregó 1.800 dólares que guardaba en su dormitorio.

El asesinato fue presenciado por su esposa Marcene, quien se escondió de los asaltantes en un armario. La mujer murió en 2007 pero fue el principal testigo de cargo durante el juicio contra Morris.

El hombre actuó con la complicidad de Orlena Ayers y Christopher Montes, quienes fueron condenados a prisión por su participación en el asalto.

"Lamento todo el dolor que les ha causado. Solo tengo amor en mi corazón. Espero que me puedan perdonar", dijo Morris antes de recibir las inyecciones en ambos brazos que le causaron la muerte 15 minutos después, relató una portavoz de Huntsville.

Fue la segunda ejecución en Texas en las últimas 48 horas y la décima este año.

El martes fue ejecutado Willie Pondexter por el asesinato hace 15 años de una anciana a la que le robó 20 dólares y su automóvil.

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