By Sheila Johnson
On January 23, 2000, already battered by way of an ice hurricane, the agricultural Alabama lodge city of Mentone was once approximately to be struck via a fair extra terrifying freak disaster. Hurtling down the street in a Lincoln city motor vehicle was once Hayward Bissell, a 400-pound madman on a homicide rampage. Ramming the pickup truck of Don and Rhea Pirch, Bissell lured Don Pirch directly to the line, working him down along with his car.
Bissell subsequent particular the house of James and Sue Pumphrey. After stabbing James Pumphrey within the belly, Bissell was once thwarted through family members canines, who gave their lives to guard their vendors. Their sacrifice acquired Pumphrey sufficient time to get a gun and scare off Bissell--who didn't understand the weapon used to be really inoperable.
When Bissell was once eventually stopped, police found that he wasn't on my own. Occupying the passenger seat beside him used to be the mutilated, partly dismembered physique of his pregnant female friend, Patricia Ann Booher.
In February 2002, Bissell pled "guilty yet insane" and was once despatched to criminal for all times. used to be he quite loopy? Or used to be he loopy like a fox, turning it off and on to attempt to overcome a demise sentence for Booher's homicide. . .
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There is no gray area. Bob Smith, whose daughter was killed after being abducted and raped by Gene Bell in 1985, watched as the news announced his 40 What Is Just? An Examination of Punishment and Grace execution in 1996. “There was no sense of closure. I prayed for his parents. ” Certainly no other criminal justice issue, and few issues in general, generate more controversy than the death penalty. It’s easy to understand — at least “lifers” don’t force us to take permanent responsibility, or to make choices perhaps only meant for God.
5’4” and 190 pounds. ” Jeff held out a photograph. ” “Madam, this man is 6’4”, weighing 220 pounds. ” 39 Restorative Justice The young attorney actually wept when he saw his client spared a near life sentence and returned to freedom. His response to skeptics ever since has been, “If there’s a single innocent defendant, I need to make sure he won’t be put to death. And if I’m wrong, I’m not so stupid that my conscience hasn’t known that weight — when I’ve picked up the paper only to read one of my freed clients is back in county jail on rape charges.