Not in My Name

...but they're dead just the same...

#214 - Ruben Montoya Cantu - TX - 8/24/1993
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To those of you who believe we’ve never executed an innocent?  Think again.

Victim:  Pedro Gomez (25)                    11/8/1984

Co-defendant:  David Garza - Made a deal and served something like six years for the burglary.
                                                     Was never convicted of the murder.


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#213 - Carl Eugene Kelly - TX - 8/20/1993
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Graves confessed and made a plea bargain to receive a Life sentence.  Kelly also confessed, but refused the plea bargain, went on trial and was sentenced to death.

Victims:  Steven Pryor                    9/2/1980
                David Wade Riley            9/2/1980

Co-defendant:  Thomas Graves – Sentenced to Life.  As of the date of this posting, he is still
                                                            incarcerated.  Looking at his listed information on the Texas
                                                            Department of Criminal Justice site, he is serving THREE life
                                                            sentences, including one for a murder committed the day
                                                            before these crimes, but as of yet, I've been unable to find
                                                            any information about the other murder.


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#212 - David Lee Holland - TX - 8/12/1993
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He was identified by videotape and he confessed.  Then tried to say he didn’t get a fair trial.  Hrm.

Victims:  Helen Jean Barnard (29)                    7/16/1985
                Dianna Joy Jackson (23)                     7/16/1985



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#211 - Joseph Paul Jernigan - TX - 8/5/1993
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At the prompting of a prison chaplain, he agreed to donate his body for scientific research or medical use. His cadaver was sectioned and photographed for the Visible Human Project. He is the subject of an HBO documentary Virtual Corpse.

Victim:  Edward Hale (75)                   7/3/1981

Codefendant:  Roy Dean Lamb – Sentenced to 30 years for murder with a deadly weapon.  Was 
                                                           paroled in 1991.



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#210 - Danny Ray Harris - TX - 7/30/1993
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Executed not quite a month after his younger brother was executed.

Victim:  Timothy Michael Merka (27)              12/11/1978

Codefendants:  Danny Ray Harris – Sentenced to death.  Executed 7/30/1993.
                            James Charles Manuel – Sentenced to 25 years.  He is no longer in prison.
                            Valarie Denise Rencher – 16 at the time of the crime.  Turned state’s evidence and
                                                                          was not sentenced to prison.



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#209 - Frederick Lashley - MO - 7/28/1993
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Fred was 17 at the time of the crime.  

Victim:  Janie Tracy (55)       4/9/1981



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#208 - Walter Junior Blair - MO - 7/21/1993
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You meet the nicest people in jail.  Ahem.

Victim:  Kathy Jo Allen (21)            8/18/1979


Codefendants:  Larry Jackson – Was in jail awaiting trial for the rape of Kathy Jo Jones when he
                                                        allegedly hired Blair to kill her.  Jackson is serving a life sentence for
                                                        an unrelated murder and was never tried for the rape of Jones. 
                                                        can find nothing to tell me if any charges were ever brought against
                                                        him for her murder.

                            Ernest Jones – Blair was convicted primarily upon his testimony.  Blair and Jackson
                                                        both later claimed Jones was the one who committed the murder. 
                                                       
He died several years ago.


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#207 - Curtis Paul Harris - TX - 7/1/1993
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Curtis was 17 at the time of the crime.

Victim:  Timothy Michael Merka (27)              12/11/1978

Codefendants:  Danny Ray Harris – Sentenced to death.  Executed 7/30/1993.
                            James Charles Manuel – Sentenced to 25 years.  He is no longer in prison.
                            Valarie Denise Rencher – 16 at the time of the crime.  Turned state’s evidence and
                                                                          was not sentenced to prison.


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#206 - Thomas Dean Stevens - GA - 6/29/1993
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This case is one where I just have no words.  Absolutely senseless.

Victim:  Roger Earl Honeycutt               9/4/1977

Codefendant:  Christopher A Burger – Was 17 at the time of the crime.  Sentenced to death.  
                                                                    
Executed 12/7/1993.


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#205 - Markham Duff-Smith - TX - 6/29/1993
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There's a whole lot of greed and stupidity going on here.

Victims:  Gertrude Duff-Smith Zabolio (57)            10/15/1975

                 Diana Wanstrath (36)                                7/5/1979
                 John Wanstrath (35)                                  7/5/1979
                 Kevin Wanstrath (1)                                   7/5/1979

Codefendants:  Walt Waldhauser – Cut a deal to help the state send Duff-Smith and Janecka to
                                      death row.  Was sentenced to three concurrent 30 year sentences.  Nine years
                                      later he was paroled.  Changed his name to Michael Lee Davis.  In 2000, was
                                      sentenced to 60 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for masterminding an
                                      insurance and money-laundering scam that took as much as $15 million from
                                     elderly investors.  Dallas prosecutors and state insurance investigators have
                                     yet to recover the stolen money. They think it may be stashed in a secret bank
                                     account in Liechtenstein.  As of the date of this posting, he is still incarcerated.

                           Allen Wayne Janecka – Sentenced to death.  Executed 7/24/2003.
                           Paul MacDonald – Testified against the others.  I can find no further information
                                     about whether any charges were brought against him though.



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