Marvin Wilson was executed tonight at 6PM about 18 miles from willis. Wilson was convicted of murder and in his trial in 1992 his defense didn't site the possibility of his retardation as it may have portrayed him as more dangerous and a better candidate for the death penalty.
Wilson has an IQ of 61which could mean he was mentally retarded and ineligible for the death penalty per a Supreme Court Ruling in 2002. However, because his attorney missing a filing deadline, his appeal was denied and he was killed tonight.
Look, I've condensed all this beyond measure. I'm pretty sure that Wilson committed the crime and was convicted back in 1992. What bothers me is that in a state (Texas) that is predominantly "pro life" (forced sonograms, defunding "Planned Parenthood", etc,) why would one not overturn every stone to stop state sponsored killing of an individual who, at least, may be mentally retarded?
For willis, I will never be part of any jury that has a possibility of delivering a death penalty. It's not so much that I don't think that the heinous acts of some don't deserve to be killed (or worse - how about forced Limbaugh/O'Rielly/Hannity via implants), and I'd like to be the dude that pulls the switch. However, when any individual can be removed from death row or exonerated due to
subsequent events it indicates the original process that established the
penalty was invalid. The
process to arrive at a death penalty isn't infallible and therefore a
life sentence versus killing the wrong person, or a person in error is
inexcusable for any state...
.......so says willis, for what's it's worth