News Update 02.01.08
The State has opted not to seek the death penalty against Dr. Kirk Turner, the Davie County dentist accused of killing his wife in their home last September. Prosecutors are still seeking a sentence of life without parole. Turner’s attorneys presented letters of support from 55 members of the community, and his bond was set at $1 million. Trial has been set for June.
Appalachian State University is presenting a series of events related to capital punishment and wrongful convictions. Discussions, films, and plays are offered (mostly free of charge) as part of a joint effort from the school’s Anthropology, English, History, Political Science and Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work, and Theater and Dance Departments. Darryl Hunt is among the featured speakers.
James Callahan received a stay of execution last night, a little more than an hour before he was scheduled to die. The Supreme Court has given Callahan reprieve, at least until he can file a complete appeal of the 11th Circuit’s decision in his case earlier this week. Amnesty International wonders if Alabama is the new Texas, given their recent push for executions and failure to provide counsel to people on death row.
The Texas Prison Museum (now there’s an interesting school field trip) is running a new exhibit called “Last Statement,” which features photographs and statements from the families of murder victims and the families of the executed, alongside facts about the case and a portion of the inmate’s final words. (c/o MVFHR)