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No Second Chances: What to Do After a Botched Execution

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Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. The state shouldn't get a second chance.
The pathos and problems of America's death penalty were vividly on display yesterday when Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. Immediately after its failure Gov. John Kasich set June 5, 2019, as a new execution date.
This plan for a second execution reveals a glaring inadequacy in the legal standards governing botched executions in the United States.
Campbell was tried and sentenced to die for murdering 18-year-old Charles Dials during a carjacking in 1997. After Campbell exhausted his legal appeals, he was denied clemency by the state parole board and the governor.
By the time the state got around to executing Campbell, he was far from the dangerous criminal of 20 years ago. As is the case with many of America's death-row inmates, the passage of time had inflicted its own punishments.
The inmate Ohio strapped onto the gurney was a 69-year-old man afflicted with serious ailm…

Georgia set to execute oldest inmate on state's death row

Brandon Jones
Brandon Jones
ATLANTA — Prison officials are getting ready to execute the state’s oldest inmate currently on death row. Some are calling his decades in jail an affront on the justice system.

Brandon Jones was sentenced to death in 1979 for the killing of convenience store manager Roger Tackett.

At 72, he is the oldest inmate in the history of Georgia’s death row.

Jones’ first death sentence vacated in 1989. After decades of appeals, he is now set to be executed on Tuesday.

The son of Jones' co-defendant, Van Roosevelt Solomon, sat down with Channel 2’s Carl Willis to talk about the execution.

Zuberi Solomon’s father received a much swifter punishment, being executed back in 1985 for the murder of Tackett.

"It's going to bring a closure in a chapter in a sense that the person who did this finally gets his justice," Solomon said.

Solomon believes Jones was the ringleader in the crime and led his father down a path of destruction.

"How is a murderer still living when my father did what he's supposed to do?" Solomon said to Willis.

Jones' lawyers are not done yet. They say his execution would be, "unconstitutionally disproportionate and excessive," saying a murder during a business robbery is no longer the worst of the worst crimes.

"It stays with you forever."

The former district attorney who responded to the crime scene in 1979 disagrees.

"This was a very cold and brutal killing," said former Cobb County District Attorney Tom Charron. "I just believe in the punishment that the jury found after a fair trial"

Investigators say Tackett went back to the gas station that night to close up and do some paperwork so he could spend Father's Day with his daughter.

That's when they say Jones and Solomon beat, robbed and murdered him, leaving his daughter fatherless. She was just 8 years old at the time.

"To look in her face after all these years and say there may be some finality to it, it means the world," Charron said.

"It's long overdue. It's time for him to make his peace," said Solomon.

Source: wsb-tv, January 29, 2016

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