2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Alabama: Capital murder suspect denied youthful offender status; Man's trial set for 2019 in strangling deaths of wife, young son

Harold Wallace, Jr.
A capital murder suspect was looking to make a deal today. 20-year-old Harold Wallace, Jr. accused of shooting and killing innocent bystander Tamara White was in court requesting "youthful offender" status, a scenario where Wallace could have escaped a possible death penalty. 

Cuffed and shackled -- 20-year-old Harold Wallace, Jr. made his way into court Thursday afternoon. He's charged with capital murder in the death of 22-year-old Tamara White in March of 2017. 

By all accounts, the single mother was in the wrong place at the wrong time when she was hit by a bullet while waiting in the parking lot of the Springhill McDonald's. Judge John Lockett heard the case and denied Wallace's request for "youthful offender" status. 

"We are all as Tamara's family pleased with Judge Lockett not to award youthful offender status," said Tammy White, Tamara's mother. 

After the request was denied, Wallace pleaded not guilty to capital murder. While Tamara's family is relieved her suspected killer won't get the easy way out, they're still mourning her loss as they navigate their way through the legal system. 

"Tamara is truly missed. She was a great mom, great sister, daughter. Everything. So she's missed," said White. 

The Mobile County District Attorney's Office is ready to prosecute and is also pleased the request was denied. 

"It was certainly emotional for them and it's always emotional to be in that same courtroom and in the same room with the defendant and person who took their loved one's life. So it was an emotional day for them, but they are pleased with youthful offender status being denied," said Jennifer Wright, Mobile County Assistant District Attorney. 

All parties are set to meet on July 25th and decide on how to move closer to a trial date. 

Man's death penalty trial set for 2019 in Huntsville strangling deaths of wife, young son

Stephen Marc Stone
A death penalty trial is scheduled early next year for a south Huntsville man pursuing an insanity defense in the strangling deaths of his wife and 7-year-old son. 

Stephen Marc Stone is charged with capital murder in the February 2013 killings. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty if he's convicted. 

Stone, 38, was 1 of 5 capital murder suspects who had hearings in Madison County Circuit Judge Donna Pate's courtroom this afternoon. Pate scheduled the trial for Jan. 28. 

Stone was just recently released from treatment at the Alabama Department of Mental Health. Pate in May 2017 ruled Stone was incompetent to stand trial. She ordered he be treated to regain competency. The judge hasn't held a rehearing on his competency since he was released from treatment. 

The bodies of 7-year-old Zachary Stone and 32-year-old Krista Stone were found at the family's Chicamauga Trail home in south Huntsville on Feb. 24, 2013. Stephen Stone has been in custody without bail since that day. 

Stone is represented by appointed attorneys Brian Clark and Larry Marsili. Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard and Chief Trial Attorney Tim Gann are prosecuting. 

3 other capital murder suspects received trial dates in unrelated cases during this afternoon's hearings in Judge Pate's courtroom: 

Jason Loveday is tentatively scheduled for trial Oct. 29, 2018. Prosecutors haven't yet said whether they'll seek the death penalty. Loveday is accused of decapitating his aunt and fatally beating her boyfriend. 

Keon Jackson is tentatively set for trial Oct. 29. Prosecutors aren't planning to seek the death penalty. Jackson is charged in the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law, whose body was found in a burning house. 

Jebree King's trial is set for Nov. 26. He's charged in the 2014 shooting death of Lawrence Alan Williams Jr. 

Source: WALA news, al.com, June 15, 2018

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