Here is an article on an unthinkable tragedy arguably deserving the death penalty for such an atrocity: (if you can stand the reading – not for the squeamish!)
"Jurors deliberated for nearly 81/2 hours before recommending that Kevin Underwood, 28, be put to death for killing Jamie Rose Bolin. He was convicted last week of first-degree murder.
"Underwood, who showed no emotion as the verdict was read, was handcuffed and led from the courtroom, while 10 armed deputies stood guard. He is scheduled to be formally sentenced on April 3.
"His mother, Connie Underwood, sobbed quietly after the verdict was announced.
"During closing arguments, prosecutors argued that Underwood should be put to death because he is plagued by deviant sexual fantasies that make him want to kill, rape, torture and eat his victims.
"Jurors also had the option of sentencing Underwood to life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole. For him to be sentenced to death, prosecutors needed to prove either that he is a continuing threat to society or that the crime was heinous, atrocious and cruel.
"Prosecutor Greg Mashburn recounted the final moments of Jamie’s life, struggling for air, as the former grocery stocker suffocated her after luring her into his Purcell apartment.
’“This was the worst of the worst,” Mashburn said as he displayed some of the items found in Underwood’s apartment, including a cutting board prosecutors say he used to beat the victim before suffocating her.
’“There are cases for life without parole and for the possibility of parole. This just isn’t it,” he said.
"Underwood’s attorneys declined to comment after the jury handed down its verdict.
"They did not dispute that he killed Jamie in April 2006 but argued that he suffered from a host of mental illnesses and was overcome by deviant sexual urges.
"Underwood said in a videotaped confession that he fantasized about torturing and killing a person and cannibalizing the body. No evidence has been presented that any cannibalism took place.
"The girl’s body was found in a plastic tub in Underwood’s apartment. Her head had been nearly cut off.
’“Mr. Underwood suffers from several severe psychiatric disorders,” attorney Wayne Woodyard said. “Is there any question that Kevin Ray Underwood was a sick and disturbed young man when he committed this homicide?”
"Woodyard said Underwood expressed remorse and could be helped with medication. [Really? I have my doubts of that!-Julius]
"About a dozen of Jamie’s family members sat in court to listen to closing arguments, including the girl’s father.
“Family members each wore a red ribbon signifying her middle name, Rose, and a green ribbon representing the color of her clothes when she was buried. Underwood’s family, including his parents, were also in the courtroom Friday.”
This is followed by some “uncharitable” comments by some posting on AOL:
Well considering we live in a free society, I don’t think you ought to be bullying anyone if they have an opinion against the death penalty. You can’t judge another if they decide they aren’t for the death penalty. Perhaps the question ought to be, what kind of crimes deserve the death penalty, instead of name calling others for their opinions.
No argument. --Julius :cool:
this is why Canada should re-install the death penalty…for cases like this…where the criminal shows no remorse for his/her cruel and disgusting acts… rather than have him put in jail and waste tax payer’s money…individuals like this guy don’t deserve our sympathy nor to be present in ANY society.
Any bleeding hearts against the death penalty for this scum bag ???
Not me. --Julius :(