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Condemned Dallas carjacker set to die Thursday; 9th execution in Texas in 2004
Associated Press ^ | March 4, 2004 | Associated Press Staff

Posted on 03/04/2004 7:11:04 AM PST by MeekOneGOP


Condemned Dallas carjacker set to die Thursday

07:10 AM CST on Thursday, March 4, 2004

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Frank Meziere had watched a Dallas Mavericks basketball game at a restaurant with a friend and before heading home stopped at a self-service car wash to clean his black Mustang convertible.

The 23-year-old Plano stockbroker, a 1996 Texas A&M University graduate, never made it home.

His body was found the next day, March 26, 1998, along the side of a road in an industrial area of Oak Cliff, an area of south Dallas. He had been shot in the head 10 times. His car was found about five miles away, abandoned and with the lights on.

"Having dealt with murders, you think you've seen it all," said Jason January, a former Dallas County assistant district attorney. "But this innocent victim was shot almost for sport.

"It was just the sheer overkill of the thing that was ludicrous."

Yokamon Hearn bragged to friends about how he "domed" Meziere, meaning he shot him in the head. Hearn was set to die Thursday evening for the slaying.

He would be the ninth condemned Texas prisoner to receive lethal injection this year and the second in as many nights.

In an appeal filed this week, lawyers for Hearn said the inmate may be mentally retarded and asked the courts to halt the punishment so they can pursue their claim. The U.S. Supreme Court has barred execution of the mentally retarded. Prosecutors said questions about Hearn's mental competence never surfaced previously.

Hearn, 25, refused to speak with reporters as his execution date neared. The U.S. Supreme Court in November denied his request seeking a review of his case.

"It's hard sometimes to know what a death penalty case is, but after a while you know one when you see it," said January, the lead prosecutor at Hearn's trial. "And this just screamed out for the death penalty."

Dallas jurors agreed, deliberating less than an hour to convict Hearn and about an hour before deciding on punishment.

Hearn was 19 at the time of the crime and had a lengthy record that included burglary, robbery, assault, a sexual assult and weapons possession.

"I remember having a big map of the city showing places he had hit and pulled guns on people," January recalled this week. "He was an equal opportunity carjacker -- women, black, white, everybody."

Hearn, along with two other Dallas men and one woman from Oklahoma City, were seen on a security camera video at a convenience store adjacent to the car wash. They had been out looking for someone to carjack, authorities said.

According to testimony at his trial, Hearn drove Meziere's car after he and companion Delvin Diles forced the victim into the car. The two others, Dwight Burley and Teresa Shirley, were in a second car in a convoy that took them to an area near Dallas' wastewater treatment plant. Meziere was shot there with a Tec-9 automatic, then with a .22-caliber pistol. Hearn drove off with his car.

Shirley, driver of the second car, testified Meziere had his arms raised near his head and appeared to beg for his life as Hearn swung the Tec-9, a 9 mm assault-style rifle stolen from an apartment the previous day, back and forth before opening fire. After the victim hit the ground, Hearn shot him several more times, she said. Diles added some shots from his revolver.

Hearn drove off with Meziere's car and kept the victim's license. A witness testified at his trial that Hearn later bragged at a party about the shooting.

Physical evidence linked both Hearn and Diles to the car.

Diles, 19 at the time, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to consecutive life terms for Meziere's death and an unrelated aggravated robbery. He and Hearn were arrested within days of the slaying.

Shirley, then 19, and Burley, then 20, were arrested more than eight months later. Each pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and received 10-year prison sentences.

Hearn was to head to the death chamber 24 hours after convicted killer Marcus Cotton, 29, received lethal injection for fatally shooting Gil Epstein, 27, a Fort Bend County assistant district attorney, during a robbery in Houston in 1996.


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/030404dntexexecute.4fc79c1f.html


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cotton; execution; marcuscotton; murder; texas
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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Name

TDCJ Number

Date of Birth

Hearn, Yokamon L.

999292

11/6/78

Date Received

Age (when Received)

Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)

12/31/98

20

10 years

Date of Offense

Age (at the time of Offense)

County

3/26/98

19

Dallas

Race

Gender

Hair Color

Black

Male

Black

Height

Weight

Eye Color

5-8

184

Brown

Native County

Native State

Prior Occupation

Dallas

Texas

Unknown

Prior Prison Record

None

Summary of incident

On March 26, 1998, Hearn and 3 co-defendants approached the victim (a 26 year old white male) with a gun.  They forced the victim into his own car, took him to a deserted area, and shot him 12 times in the head and upper body, resulting in his death.  Hearn and the co-defendants took the victim's wallet and personal items and fled in the victim's vehicle.

Co-defendants

Delvin Dites; Dwight Burley; Theresa Shirley

Race and Gender of Victim

White male

Photograph of Offender

picture of offender 

Last Updated:  December 10, 2003

1 posted on 03/04/2004 7:11:04 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeekOneGOP
fry'em.
2 posted on 03/04/2004 7:12:29 AM PST by KantianBurke (Principles, not blind loyalty)
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To: MeekOneGOP
The world will be a better place without this murderer.
3 posted on 03/04/2004 7:15:26 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Sparta; luckodeirish; archy; Houmatt; BJClinton; SpookBrat; bonehead4freedom; ...
Condemned Dallas carjacker set to die Thursday

picture of offender
Yokamon Hearn 

Excerpt:

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Frank Meziere had watched a Dallas Mavericks basketball game at a restaurant with a friend and before heading home stopped at a self-service car wash to clean his black Mustang convertible.

The 23-year-old Plano stockbroker, a 1996 Texas A&M University graduate, never made it home.

His body was found the next day, March 26, 1998, along the side of a road in an industrial area of Oak Cliff, an area of south Dallas. He had been shot in the head 10 times. His car was found about five miles away, abandoned and with the lights on.

"Having dealt with murders, you think you've seen it all," said Jason January, a former Dallas County assistant district attorney. "But this innocent victim was shot almost for sport.

"It was just the sheer overkill of the thing that was ludicrous."

Yokamon Hearn bragged to friends about how he "domed" Meziere, meaning he shot him in the head. Hearn was set to die Thursday evening for the slaying.





Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Texas Executions ping list!. . .don't be shy.


4 posted on 03/04/2004 7:15:55 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
There is a need for the death penalty. And states that enforce it only help remind murderers that they will forfeit their life should they commit the act.
5 posted on 03/04/2004 7:15:59 AM PST by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a Conservative)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Am I reading this right? Texas is executing this creep six years after the crime? In California, where I used to live, the average length of time is over 20 years. If that.

There must be something about "Do not mess with Texas."

6 posted on 03/04/2004 7:18:34 AM PST by John123 (Ketchup boy has been a poodle to rich women for the past 33 years.)
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To: MeekOneGOP
I wonder what he'll have for breakfast?
7 posted on 03/04/2004 7:19:05 AM PST by Born Conservative (Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.)
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To: John123
I guess the retarded defense didnt work out.

Funny how everyone on death row is suddenly retarded.

9 this year, good job Texas this is a virtue.

Let that be a lesson to others who would murder here.

8 posted on 03/04/2004 7:21:08 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: MeekOneGOP
I'm getting very tired of the "mentally retarded" copout.

This POS had the mental capacity to murder - to me that means he has the mental capacity to be executed.
9 posted on 03/04/2004 7:23:31 AM PST by jimt
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To: MeekOneGOP
This is one of the reasons I live in this great state called Texas....Goodbye and good riddance.
10 posted on 03/04/2004 7:23:59 AM PST by PaulaB ( Our nation was founded upon the principle of God)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Shot over ten times in the head....in almost "sportlike" fashion....victim is white....shooter is black, yet not even a vague reference to this being a hate crime! Has the life of young white males now been devalued so much that our alleged legal system does not even investigate the possiblity of this heinous act being a hate crime?
11 posted on 03/04/2004 7:24:12 AM PST by american spirit (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION = NATIONAL SUICIDE)
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To: MeekOneGOP
In an appeal filed this week, lawyers for Hearn said the inmate may be mentally retarded and asked the courts to halt the punishment so they can pursue their claim.

Looks like there is a double benefit in snuffing this creep.

12 posted on 03/04/2004 7:24:17 AM PST by per loin (Secret News: The ADL must pay $12M for defaming Colorado couple.)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Cleaning out the gene pool!
13 posted on 03/04/2004 7:25:02 AM PST by PISANO (Our troops...... will NOT tire...will NOT falter.....and WILL NOT FAIL!!!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
good riddance scumbag
14 posted on 03/04/2004 7:26:45 AM PST by petercooper ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country"- GW Bush 1-20-04)
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To: John123
Maybe it is because Mike Farrell does not live in Texas.
15 posted on 03/04/2004 7:27:49 AM PST by KJacob
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To: writer33; onyx; wardaddy; WKB; bourbon; dixiechick2000
Why should this waste of oxygen be allowed to just "go to sleep" after taunting his victim? And then shooting him TEN EFFING TIMES IN THE HEAD?

Justice for this guy would be terrible, terrible suffering. Like being...

...dipped in molasses, bound to a wall and quarantined with a colony of soldier ants...

...Or fed (alive) to wolves.

"he may be retarded"

No $#!+? Honestly, this statement is an insult to people with genuine, congenital mental handicaps.
16 posted on 03/04/2004 7:27:52 AM PST by Yudan (...I know what I am, and I'm glad I'm a man...And SO IS LOLA!!!)
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To: Born Conservative

17 posted on 03/04/2004 7:28:02 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Sometimes I question my support of the death penalty, and if I'm being hypocritical as a Christian being pro-life and pro-death penalty.

Then I read about an incident like this and I have no doubts. Good riddance to scum.
18 posted on 03/04/2004 7:31:09 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan
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To: billorites
Rodriguez bump! I love his cartoons!
19 posted on 03/04/2004 7:31:52 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan
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To: MeekOneGOP
Hearn swung the Tec-9, a 9 mm assault-style rifle

Say what?!

Tec-9 semi-automatic handgun.

20 posted on 03/04/2004 7:34:23 AM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: MeekOneGOP
Unfortunally all they do to him is putting him to sleep by lethal injection, just like a vet puts a pet to sleep. What punishment is that? He won't feel no pain
21 posted on 03/04/2004 7:34:50 AM PST by Kaslin (It is now more important then ever that we re-elect President Bush)
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To: Yudan
Dang, Yudan. I like you more and more. We are on the same page. I want them tortured.
22 posted on 03/04/2004 7:36:21 AM PST by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Timothy McVeigh)
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To: american spirit
"shooter is black, yet not even a vague reference to this being a hate crime!"

Article states the perp was an equal oppertunity carjacker.
23 posted on 03/04/2004 7:37:53 AM PST by bk1000 (error 404- failed to get tag line)
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To: MeekOneGOP
What's this "Condemned Dallas carjacker" crap in the headline? Why does it not say "Vicious, cold-blooded murderer" instead. Then again, if I'd been given the name "Yokamon", I might have grown up a little bitter myself.
24 posted on 03/04/2004 7:38:09 AM PST by smokinleroy
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To: Yudan
Now, Yudan. I can see you're not getting in touch with your feelings. We must be compassionate for these murderers. We have to understand them. :)(Sarcasm alert)

Otherwise, I'd absolutely agree with you.
25 posted on 03/04/2004 7:38:19 AM PST by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a Conservative)
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To: KJacob
Yeah.

A good example on California's reluctance to execute convicted murderers, Kevin Cooper killed a family of three and severely injured a young family friend in 1983. Would you believe his scheduled execution date in February was put on hold by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals?

26 posted on 03/04/2004 7:39:04 AM PST by John123 (Ketchup boy has been a poodle to rich women for the past 33 years.)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Rule no. 1, never get in a car w/ a criminal. Run and weave, die fighting if you must, shoot back if you can, but never, ever, get in a car w/ the carjacker.
27 posted on 03/04/2004 7:39:52 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: John123
Would you believe his scheduled execution date in February was put on hold by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals?

yes I believe it I am just suprised they did not declare him innocent on the spot.
28 posted on 03/04/2004 7:41:44 AM PST by KJacob
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To: No Blue States
Funny how everyone on death row is suddenly retarded.

What's truly ironic is that liberals have been telling us for years that IQ is merely a cultural construct and measuring intelligence is simply a way of prolonging the oppression of minorities. Now, suddenly, they are telling us that IQ should determine who on death row should live and who should die.

Are these people never consistent?

29 posted on 03/04/2004 7:42:23 AM PST by jalisco555 ("The right to bear weapons is the right to be free" - A. E. Van Vogt)
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To: american spirit
I'm assuming your question is rhetorical, however, the short answer is "yes."
30 posted on 03/04/2004 7:44:46 AM PST by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: Kaslin
... He won't feel no pain

True. But the good news is that he won't cause any more either.


31 posted on 03/04/2004 7:50:46 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
If you ever have doubts about it in the future...remember what God said


Genesis 9:6:

"Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."
32 posted on 03/04/2004 7:51:53 AM PST by PaulaB ( Our nation was founded upon the principle of God)
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To: PaulaB
Thanks - I forgot about that passage. Too true . . .
33 posted on 03/04/2004 7:52:57 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan
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To: KJacob
Not only that, California hasn't had an execution in two years.

Damn, people just die all on their own out in that state. All the evil, murdering pychopaths must live in Texas and the White House. (sarcasm button off)

34 posted on 03/04/2004 7:54:45 AM PST by John123 (Ketchup boy has been a poodle to rich women for the past 33 years.)
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To: PaulaB
Happy Trails...
35 posted on 03/04/2004 7:55:05 AM PST by Taylor42
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To: smokinleroy
What's this "Condemned Dallas carjacker" crap in the headline? Why does it not say "Vicious, cold-blooded murderer" instead. Then again, if I'd been given the name "Yokamon", I might have grown up a little bitter myself.

Hey, this is a GOOD title compared to ANOTHER one just recently!:

01-14-2004
Ex-pizza delivery man set to die


When I first saw that one, I imagined a man delivering cold or bad pizza and the state putting him away for that ...

well, i actually knew that couldn't be the case, but you get my drift ! Media anti-DP bias ...


36 posted on 03/04/2004 7:55:53 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

His body was found the next day, March 26, 1998...

He would be the ninth condemned Texas prisoner to receive lethal injection this year and the second in as many nights. ...

GREAT WORK OUTTA YOU, TEXAS!!!  Less than six years from murder to grave!

Here in PA, we're at 22 years and counting waiting for this P.O.S. to meet allah in hell.

Wesley Cook (aka Mumia Abu Jamal)

Murdered Officer Daniel Faulkener Dec 8, 1991

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

 

37 posted on 03/04/2004 7:56:07 AM PST by South Hawthorne (I'm going to warn my kids about the dangers of excessive drinking through example.)
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To: bk1000
But it didn't say he was an equal opportunity murderer.
38 posted on 03/04/2004 8:01:05 AM PST by american spirit (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION = NATIONAL SUICIDE)
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To: John123
There must be something about "Do not mess with Texas."

Yessir. We take a pretty dim view of folks that kill other folks just for the helluv it!

39 posted on 03/04/2004 8:04:05 AM PST by MamaTexan (NEVER underestimate the power of righteous indignation)
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To: jalisco555
Are these people never consistent?

No. That's what makes them so hard for us 'logical' types to figure out!

40 posted on 03/04/2004 8:07:13 AM PST by MamaTexan (NEVER underestimate the power of righteous indignation)
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To: John123
Don't take it personally but, it's "Don't mess with Texas".
41 posted on 03/04/2004 8:08:50 AM PST by 31R1O
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To: writer33
Here's how I feel: The presence of the words "compassion" and "murder" in the same sentence render that sentence oxymoronic.
42 posted on 03/04/2004 8:11:23 AM PST by Yudan (...I know what I am, and I'm glad I'm a man...And SO IS LOLA!!!)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Here in PA, we're at 22 years and counting waiting for this P.O.S. to meet allah in hell.

You must be mistaken because according to the common narrow mindset on this forum that only happens in California.

43 posted on 03/04/2004 8:18:27 AM PST by lewislynn (The successful globalist employee will be the best educated, working for the lowest possible wage.)
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To: Yudan
Maybe we can get Earnest Lee in here with him
44 posted on 03/04/2004 8:37:10 AM PST by WKB (3!~ Term Limits: Because politicians are like diapers., need to be changed for the same reason.)
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To: yall
Here is the one that was executed yesterday ...


Killer of assistant prosecutor executed

06:38 PM CST on Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Convicted killer Marcus Cotton was executed Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a Houston-area assistant district attorney during a robbery attempt 7 1/2 years ago.

"Well Mom, sometimes it works out like this," Cotton said from the death chamber gurney as his mother, who was among the witnesses, watched through a window. "When you are dealing with reality, real is not always what you want it to be."

Cotton, 29, told his relatives to take care of themselves and that he loved them and his children.

"Y'all are fixing to find out some deep things that are real. Bounce back, baby. You know what I'm saying. Y'all take care of yourselves," he said.

As the drugs began taking effect, he gasped and sputtered. Six minutes later, at 6:13 p.m., he was pronounced dead.

Cotton, 29, had been out of prison less than seven months after serving time for attempted murder when he was arrested for gunning down Gil Epstein, 27, a Fort Bend County assistant prosecutor. Epstein was shot in 1996 while leaving Houston's Jewish Community Center after playing basketball with friends.

Cotton was the eighth convicted murderer to receive lethal injection this year in Texas and the first of two scheduled for consecutive nights this week.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week refused to review his case, and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected a clemency request.

Epstein was considered a rising star at the Fort Bend County district attorney's office, where he had interned while attending law school at the University of Houston.

"He was a very engaging young man and truly a gift to humanity," said Greg Gilleland, a former colleague. "I learned an incredible deal from him not only about the practice of law, and about courtroom theatrics and presentation of a trial case to a jury, but about life in general. My friend, he was a good person."

Gilleland, along with Epstein's brother and mother, were on the witness list to see Cotton die.

"I don't mean any disrespect to those people, but they have no facts," Cotton said recently from the visiting area of death row. "They believe in the system. The system brought this person – me – and said this is the person who killed your son. ... The system is broken."

Cotton, from the Houston suburb Missouri City, had an extensive criminal arrest record for theft and drug dealing.

He was convicted of two counts of drug possession in 1992, received a four-year prison term and was paroled less than three months later. In 1993, he was convicted of attempted murder for shooting a man at a Houston apartment complex, served four years of a six-year term and was released under mandatory supervision. The day of the Epstein's killing, Cotton's parole officer had received approval to place an electronic monitor on Cotton's ankle.

Cotton denied he was the gunman who confronted Epstein in the community center parking lot and demanded his wallet. According to testimony at his trial, Cotton shot Epstein after spotting his district attorney badge in the wallet.

"I don't have any remorse because I didn't do it," Cotton said from prison.

Tips to police led to Cotton, who was arrested at his girlfriend's home about a week after the slaying.

Epstein was one of two men confronted by robbers outside the center that night. The other victim testified that he saw Cotton inside Epstein's car. Epstein was found dead in the back seat, shot twice in the head. A former security guard also testified she saw Cotton point a gun at Epstein.

The second gunman, Lawrence Watson, testified against Cotton in exchange for a 10-year prison term. Both had ridden their bicycles to the community center.

Cotton was tried twice for the slaying. The first trial was declared a mistrial when a juror refused to deliberate.

Epstein was raised in New York City and attended the University of Miami in Florida, then came to Houston for law school.

Another condemned prisoner, Yokamon Hearn, was set to die Thursday evening for a carjacking, abduction and fatal shooting in Dallas in 1998.


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/030404dntexexecution.55e6c.html

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Name

TDCJ Number

Date of Birth

Cotton, Marcus B.

999252

9/28/74

Date Received

Age (when Received)

Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)

2/4/98

23

9 years

Date of Offense

Age (at the time of Offense)

County

9/18/96

22

Harris

Race

Gender

Hair Color

Black

Male

Black

Height

Weight

Eye Color

5-6

147

Brown

Native County

Native State

Prior Occupation

Harris

Texas

Laborer

Prior Prison Record

Convicted on two counts of possession of a controlled substance on 1/21/92 and sentenced to four years in prison. Held in the Harris County Jail and released from the jail on 4/4/92 under paroled in absentia provisions. TDCJ #651521, received 11/24/93, Harris County, 6 years, attempted murder, released under mandatory supervision to Harris Co. on 2/26/96

Summary of incident

Convicted in the September 1996 shooting death of  a white male Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney outside the Jewish Community Center in Houston. Cotton and accomplice Lawrence Watson, both armed with pistols, were riding bicycles through the community center parking lot when Watson spotted another male exiting his vehicle. Watson approached this male, put a .38-caliber pistol to his head, and robbed him of his cash. Meanwhile, Cotton saw the Assistant District Attorney outside the center and demanded money from him after pulling a 380 semi-automatic pistol. The victim told Cotton he had no money but that he had valuables in his car. As Cotton put him in the back seat of his Mustang, the other robbery victim, who had gone driving around to the front of the community center to call police, again drove into the parking lot and began blowing his car horn and blinking his lights in an effort to ward off the robbers. Cotton reportedly ordered Watson to shoot the man in the car blowing his horn and then fired two shots into the Assistant District Attorney's head. As the robbers attempted to flee on their bicycles, the man in the other vehicle gave chase in his car and struck Cotton, who with Watson managed to escape on foot by jumping a fence. Following his arrest, Watson implicated Cotton, telling police that Cotton killed the Assistant District Attorney because he had seen the gold badge the victim carried with him as a member of the district attorney’s office. The badge was found lying at the victim’s feet inside the car. Witnesses also told police that Cotton later bragged about “shooting the law” after seeing the badge.

Co-defendants

Lawrence Edward Watson

Race and Gender of Victim

White male

Photograph of Offender

pictue of offender 

Last Updated:  August 31, 2001

45 posted on 03/04/2004 8:37:24 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
"...Dallas jurors agreed, deliberating less than an hour to convict Hearn and about an hour before deciding on punishment."

But...but...poor Yokoman was deprived as a child and wouldn't hurt anyone. Besides. we just learned that he is retarded. It is not his fault! He is a good boy! /sarcasm

46 posted on 03/04/2004 8:39:55 AM PST by albee
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To: Sparta; luckodeirish; archy; Houmatt; BJClinton; SpookBrat; bonehead4freedom; ...
Here is the one executed last night that I missed posting. (See #45 for full text) ....

Killer of assistant prosecutor executed

pictue of offender
Marcus Cotton 

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Convicted killer Marcus Cotton was executed Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a Houston-area assistant district attorney during a robbery attempt 7 1/2 years ago.

"Well Mom, sometimes it works out like this," Cotton said from the death chamber gurney as his mother, who was among the witnesses, watched through a window. "When you are dealing with reality, real is not always what you want it to be."

Cotton, 29, told his relatives to take care of themselves and that he loved them and his children.

"Y'all are fixing to find out some deep things that are real. Bounce back, baby. You know what I'm saying. Y'all take care of yourselves," he said.

As the drugs began taking effect, he gasped and sputtered. Six minutes later, at 6:13 p.m., he was pronounced dead.


47 posted on 03/04/2004 8:43:40 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Unless the caption under the pic is wrong, it has only been 13 years?
48 posted on 03/04/2004 8:47:35 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Excellence In Posting Since 1999)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Unless the caption under the pic is wrong, it has only been 13 years?

OOOPPS!  My typo!  It was Dec. 8 1981.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

 

49 posted on 03/04/2004 8:49:27 AM PST by South Hawthorne (I'm going to warn my kids about the dangers of excessive drinking through example.)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
i understand your feelings. years ago i heard a pastor on the radio give a sermon regarding the issue which changed my outlook. the essential point; that it was the state, thru the court system, due process, juries, appeals, etc. that executed the perp.....

biblical examples of the "execution" of the "unrighteous" (criminals, in this context) abound.

50 posted on 03/04/2004 8:49:30 AM PST by 1john2 3and4
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