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July 11, 2008

The condemneds' last words from two Thursday executions

Both Texas and Virginia carried out lethal injection executions last night, and the last words from the condemned were notable different.  According to this report from the Texas execution, Carlton Turner was apologetic as the state killed him:

"I know I was wrong," Turner, apologizing several times, told his slain mother's brother who watched through a window as the punishment was carried out.  "I accept responsibility as a man. I take this penalty as a man."

In contrast, according to this report from the Virginia execution, Kent Jermaine Jackson was defiant as the state killed him:

Kent Jermaine Jackson was escorted into a white room in the Greensville Correctional Center just before 9 p.m. Thursday and strapped to a gurney.  Then he uttered his last words: "You all can't kill me, I'm the king.  Remember me like you remember Jesus. I'll be back."

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On a related note - the Ohio Supreme Court set Cooey's execution date this morning -- October 14 - and I believe his Baze challenge is already gone.

Posted by: NewFedClerk | Jul 11, 2008 9:04:44 AM

NFC, you are correct. Cooey's claim was tossed by the Sixth Circuit because he did not file a timely claim. The Supreme Court denied cert. the Monday after Baze was decided.

It's long past time that justice be carried out for this heinous criminal.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 11, 2008 9:42:56 AM

NewFedClerk and federalist:

I've said for a long time that it's wrong to take satisfaction in an execution, no matter how thoroughly justified. The defendant is still a human being. But this guy seems to be of a different order.

If Couey just wanted to eliminate the witness, he could have shot her or bludgeoned her to death or something relatively "nice" like that. But to bury alive a nine year-old child is as inhuman as any single crime I ever heard of.

(This episode, though anecdotal, also calls into question the theory that the death penalty for child rape will result in the rapist's killing the victim, whereas LWOP won't. Ohio does not have the death penalty for child rape, but Couey killed the victim anyway).

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jul 11, 2008 10:58:17 AM

Hey Bill - as a heads up, different Cooey. This one is in Ohio, not the guy who killed Jessica Lunsford down in Florida. This guy's facts:

On the night of August 31, 1986, Appellant, Richard Wade Cooey II, on leave from the army, and two of his friends, Clint Dickens and Kenneth Horonetz, threw a large chunk of concrete over the side of a bridge just as Wendy Offredo and Dawn McCreery were passing below along Interstate 77 in Akron, Ohio. The concrete hit Wendy's car, forcing her to pull over. The men went down and offered a ride so the women could call for help. After driving them to a nearby mall to use a telephone, the men took the women to a field where they were raped, beaten, and murdered by Cooey and Dickens. The men also stole Wendy's jewelry.

The bodies were found on September 1. The Summit County Coroner concluded that Wendy and Dawn had died of multiple blows to the head. Wendy received at least three blows and Dawn at least eleven with strangulation also contributing to Wendy's death. He also concluded that both women had oral and vaginal intercourse before death.

Posted by: NewFedClerk | Jul 11, 2008 11:31:08 AM

I think one can take satisfaction that our society has expressed its moral outrage at the brutality of these crimes by removing the miscreant from the world. It's always good to see moral courage in action. Hopefully, the family members of these women can get some small amount of peace on October 14, 22 years after this outrageous crime. The world will be a better place without Cooey.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 11, 2008 12:10:28 PM


Thanks for the correction.

Maybe I'll stay away from people named either Cooey or Couey.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jul 11, 2008 12:52:07 PM


I hear you. I agree that the moral confidence to put a permanent end to some of these people of other-worldly cruelty is not merely good but essential to a decent society.

Still, there's a sense of sadness I feel when I read that one of our fellow creatures is capable of doing -- and has done -- the kind of murder that can persuade a unanimous jury to look you in the eye from 25 feet away and say, "We tolerate a lot in this country, but we will no longer tolerate you."

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jul 11, 2008 12:59:54 PM

I'm a friend of Wendy Offredo and Dawn McCreery. I would have been with them that horrible night had I not left Ohio to go back to college at EIU. I am a proponent of the death penatly for exactly this reason. What rights do these three men have after they have taken the right to life of these 2 women? Thank you for the update of when Cooey's execution will take place. I hope this happens as scheduled.

Posted by: Gail | Jul 21, 2008 1:32:27 AM

I too am a friend of someone of this case, and I wish to see both criminals get what is coming to them. But let's keep the facts correct as many have been misguided. Not all 3 men commited the crimes. The so called 3rd man, whom I have discussed this case with was not the one throwing the block, and didn't know the block was thrown until the other 2 returned, and said it hit something.

He was with the (2)men when they picked up the girls but after the phone call when one pulled a knife to what he intended to do was rob the women the 3rd man said he didn't want any part of it and they kicked him out of the car. There was alcohol involved and drugs, the 3rd had to walk to one of the boys houses about a mile or so get retrieve his motorcycle to ride home on. He took no part in the killing or even knew this until it hit the paper. Additionally he avoided the other 2 afraid for his own life as he would be the only one who could link them to this crime.

The other 2 mean, Dickens and Cooey, were so afraid of what would happen when they got caught they told the detectives what happened word for word, this the reason the 3rd man was not charged with the same crimes, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He has spoke of this matter only a few times and has remorse and regret for not knowing what to do or what he could of done to change what had happened, and he bares this burden. I personally don't condone what was or wasn't done, but I do know if I had just turned 18 years old and some close friends pulled this kind of a stunt I am not sure how I would of reacted.

I often see these posts all over the Internet and they mention the 3rd man, and only wish many would get their facts correct on this case and others before posting comments.

I am not making little of the deaths and tradgedy of the 2 women who lost their lives that night, and in such terrible manner, this was a great loss to many people. I only want to address the facts of this issue, and give clarity to where it is needed and whom did what.

Posted by: RJ | Jul 24, 2008 7:26:52 PM


He was there, and participated in the crime, albeit in a tertiary way. He WAS a third criminal in this case. He is just as guilty as the other two, and hopefully his guilt eats him from the inside-out.

By the way, dropping a concrete slab on a car, torturing, raping and murdering two girls is hardly a "stunt". I even knew that at 18 years old......

You need new friends.

Posted by: Ed | Aug 5, 2008 6:30:45 AM

Gail, If Kenneth Hornonetz was afraid of Dickens and Cooey, enough so to avoid them. Then why was he with them after the crime burning their purses and evidence ? He was involved with tossing the 35 pound cement block off the bridge that set these girls up for death. He had plenty of time to alert the police, to help them after all they were tortured ,raped for over 3 hours.He knew at 18 that tossing cement slabs off that bridge would harm someone. He knew they held those girls at knife point before jumping out of the car. He knew to meet up with them to destroy evidence to avoid detection.He should be doing life.He has no remorse, only coping skills to out live his guilt. He let 2 girls die , there is not much more to it.As the other person suggests ... YOU NEED NEW FRIENDS !

Posted by: Liz | Nov 24, 2012 8:35:53 AM

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