Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Execution Watch: 10/05/2016

Tomorrow night the State of Texas will return to its barbarous ways and fire up the killing machine for the first time in six months...

BARNEY FULLER, from Lovelady, Texas, was sentenced to death after he pleaded guilty to killing a couple who were his neighbors. At the time of the 2003 slayings, Fuller was awaiting trial on charges of making a terroristic threat against them. He was arrested at his home after a nearly nine-hour standoff with police.

For more information on Mr. Fuller and his case, click here.

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EXECUTION WATCH

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6 comments:

Robert Edge said...

I dunno man.

There were two children in the house when he riddled it with bullets before coming inside and executing the parents.

He tried to kill at least one of the kids, shot him.

I just don't see Barney Fuller as the victim in all this. He earned this.

Paul B. Kennedy said...

Robert, I don't care what a person did that landed them on death row. There is no justification for the state to take that person's life. Murder is murder - regardless of whether it's committed by a person on the street or the state. The last time I checked, the victims were not somehow brought back to life upon Mr. Fuller's death.

Robert Edge said...

Well, when someone enters a house and starts executing people most of us DO care.

Paul B. Kennedy said...

I'm opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances. If you look at the statistics you will see that the death penalty is but legalized lynching.

Robert Edge said...

Well, I'm opposed to double homicide home invasions under all circumstances. Those weren't statistics he murdered in front of their children, those were people. Take a long hard look at what actually happened here. Spend as much emotional energy on the reality those children lived through as you have on Fuller. Then tell me exactly what punishment would make him square with his victims and society.

Paul B. Kennedy said...

You have the same misconception of our criminal justice system as most folks. The purpose of the criminal justice system is not to stand in the shoes of the victim or to take into account the reality the survivors live in. That's the purview of the civil courts in a wrongful death action.

The only function of the criminal justice system is to determine whether or not the state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed a criminal act. Now, sure, we can let our emotions run loose at a punishment hearing instead of paying attention to the facts.

Mr. Fuller was found guilty of murder. Regardless of the sentence imposed, the victims are dead and the survivors have to live with the aftermath. It may not sound fair, but there is nothing the criminal justice system can do on that account.

I suspect that in the end there is nothing I can say that will make you change your mind - and there is nothing you can say that will make me change my mind. So we must just agree to disagree.

Thank you for your comments.