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Posted on 02/28/2006 2:07:50 PM PST by Jackie-O
Morales was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Terri Lynn Winchell, a 17 year old Lodi Tokay High school senior.
Terri was 17 and just months away from her high school graduation when she disappeared Jan. 8, 1981.
The next day her body was found in a vieyard in Lodi. She had been strangled, hit 23 times in the head with a hammer, raped and stabbed in the chest.
Morales was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 21, 2006.
On Jan 27, 2006 Kenneth Starr formally asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare the life of Morales because he was sorry for the rape and murder of Terri.
When that didn't work other lawyers representing Morales made a last ditch argument in court saying that lethal injection is a curel and unsual punishment because they don't know how much pain it will cause and should be ruled unconstitutional.
As Terri's parents sat waiting by the phone for updates by the family members planning to witness the execution they were told the execution had been postphoned indefinetely and they will have to wait months before another execution date MIGHT be set. One of Terri's best friends from high school. Her and the family are planning a Candle Light Vigil for March 3rd at Tokay High School in Lodi. Please help me and Terri's family and friends to light a candle for Terri
THE Kenneth Star?
Yup. The one and only.
Judge Starr is enept as he couldn't impeach the president's husband a few years back.
Yes indeedie...where was Kenneth for Tookie??? Why this guy...I am digging up some news links. I am working with friends to help the family get a good turn out.
Terri's site is being updated right now I will post the link. It will be back up shortly.
Hey girls I know it's been a while. Trying to help this family, can you ping the usual crowd, anyone who may be interested in attending or spreading the word?
Morales execution postponed indefinitely
Sentence likely won't be carried out for months because of lethal injection questions
By David Kravets
AP Legal Affairs Writer
First published: Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Last updated: Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 - 07:44:30 pm PST
SAN FRANCISCO State officials on Tuesday postponed indefinitely the execution of condemned killer Michael Morales, saying they would be unable to comply with a judge's order that a medical professional administer the lethal injection.
Prison officials called off the execution of Morales, 46, after failing to find a doctor, nurse, or other properly licensed person to deliver a lethal dose of barbiturate, said Vernell Crittendon, a spokesman for San Quentin State Prison.
Classmates, family members pay tribute at Terri Winchell's grave
By Layla Bohm
News-Sentinel Staff Writer
First published: Monday, February 20, 2006
Last updated: Monday, Feb 20, 2006 - 07:50:46 am PST
Twenty-five years have passed, but for Terri Winchell's classmates and family members who gathered Saturday at her grave site, the memories haven't faded.
They recalled classes at Tokay High School, and some even laughed briefly when they hugged and remembered pranks. But for the class of 1981, Winchell's death became the memory that would follow them through the years.
Condemned man admits to murder, rape
By Lisa Leff
Associated Press Writer
First published: Saturday, February 18, 2006
Last updated: Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 - 09:03:30 am PST
bashing in the head of a 17-year-old Lodi girl with a hammer, raping and stabbing her, then leaving her to die half-naked in a vineyard.
With his Tuesday execution looming, the Stockton high school dropout hoped to convince the governor that Terri Winchell's 1981 murder was a drug-fueled aberration for which he has spent his life atoning. Remorse and the corrective power of time lie at the heart of his last-ditch plea for mercy.
Also snipped from the link above..
By all accounts, Winchell, a Tokay High School senior who loved to sing, died horrifically on Jan. 8, 1981. The slaying grew out of a plot Morales' gay cousin, Ricky Ortega, hatched to get even with Winchell, who dated Ortega's bisexual lover. Ortega, 19 at the time, was angry Winchell allegedly told people he was gay.
Ortega, who is serving life in prison without parole, told investigators they didn't plan to murder Winchell when they lured her to his car, but he knew Morales, a gang member and convicted burglar, had a violent streak.
Morales choked Winchell with a belt from the back seat, but when the belt snapped, he bludgeoned her 23 times with a hammer. She struggled so hard patches of hair were torn from her scalp, according to the San Joaquin District Attorney's Office.
Morales dragged the unconscious girl into a nearby vineyard, raped her and stabbed her four times in the chest. Winchell's body was found two days later after Ortega confessed to police.
People vs. Michael Angelo Morales
Pdf file with some beautiful photos of Terri
Lethal injection is " cruel and ususual punishment " ? OK , strangle Morales , hit him 23 times in the head with a hammer, rape him , and stab him in the chest !!!
I stayed up that night waiting for the monster's execution.
I remain livid and my heart breaks for her family.
Yes there was a discussion over the weekend on Fox, featuring Terri's brother Brad via telephone.
Talking heads were whining that the condemed cannot scream out or communicate when they are being administered.
So what? Did Morales hear Terri's screams?
A painless death is too good for this monster IMO.
Kenneth Starr,closet liberal
Hey onyx, would you mind pinging some of the old crowd or anyone that you may think can attend??
We are working on getting her site back up ASAP.
LOVE TRIANGLE GONE VICIOUS
Terri Lynn Winchell had no inkling her beau's jealous boyfriend would exact a horrible revenge
Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, February 20, 2006
According to court testimony, Morales began plotting ways to kill Winchell, practicing how to strangle someone by wrapping a belt around a female roommate's neck and cranking it tight. Once he had the technique down, he waited for the call to action. It came on a Thursday, Jan. 8, 1981.
Ortega, pretending to want to ease tensions with Winchell, called her house around 5:30 p.m. as she was heading out the door to buy food for her mother, who was ill. He told her he wanted her help buying a gift at a local shopping center. Eager to mend fences, Winchell agreed to go, relatives testified.
Ortega picked her up around 6 p.m. In the back seat was Morales, with a claw hammer, a belt and a 7-inch kitchen knife hidden and ready. He was already stoned and agitated from guzzling cheap Thunderbird wine and smoking a PCP-laced cigarette.
As night fell and the Central Valley tule fog formed, Ortega drove his car out of Lodi along lonely Peltier Road. According to court records, they were a few miles out of town when Morales suddenly cinched his belt around Winchell's neck and began strangling her. She fought back fiercely. The belt broke, so he pulled out the hammer and began bashing her head.
"She screamed for Ortega to help and attempted to fight off the attack, ripping her own hair out of her scalp in the struggle," according to a state attorney general's account. Ortega ignored her pleas and as Morales told him to keep driving he smashed her 23 times in the head, crushing the base of her neck and bloodying her arms and hands as she tried to ward off the blows.
By the time Ortega pulled over at the corner of Bender and Peltier roads, 7 miles outside Lodi, Winchell was unconscious and slumped against the passenger door. According to investigators, Morales hopped out of the car, and saying it was a shame to waste "a good piece of ass," he told Ortega to leave the two of them, drive away and come back in 15 minutes.
Morales dragged the still-unconscious Winchell face-down across the road into a vineyard. There, in the chilly darkness, he stripped her of everything but her sweater and bra, which he pulled up to her neck. Then he flipped her onto her back and raped her in the dirt.
Just before he headed back to the road, he plunged his knife four times into her chest to make sure she was dead.
Please see article, tells the whole story.
Gloria Allred will be one of the guest speakers...please visit the site for details.
Can you ping some of your list please??
Well if we can't execute him maybe we could just have him fall off his horse and bump his head in prison.
Death is to kind considering what this bastard did.
Oh well. If this earthly justice fails we still have faith the eternal justice is sure. Oh and its painful too.
Please post your replies to Jackie-O
Rest in Peace
Terri Lynn Winchell
Jackie-O, My prayers continue for all who have mourned the passing of Terri and continue to suffer for the injustice they are enduring.
If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.
Kenneth Starr's activity here is without excuse.
Thanks to all of you that have viewed and/or replied to this thread. This is a National Candlelight Vigil and we are trying to get as many candles lit as possible.
Please visit Terri's website and take a moment to sign the guestbook.
Hey Darlin', I was just thinking about you the other day.
I will pray for the family and be happy to pass the word along.
Hey VEL!! So nice to see you...as you can see I have been a bit busy...please visit LTU if you get the time...lots shakin' there. Hope all is well with you and yours, thank you for support here darlin!
I still have the site bookmarked.
Will sure stop by when I can.
You're doing good works, friend.
Crowd gathers in Lodi to light candles for Terri Winchell
By Layla Bohm
News-Sentinel Staff Writer
Last updated: Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 - 07:43:06 am PST
As tears glistened in the light of dozens of candles, family members, classmates and strangers gathered Friday night to remember Terri Lynn Winchell, who was murdered just months before her 1981 Tokay High School graduation.
"You are lighting a candle for Terri, you are lighting a candle for justice, you are lighting a candle for every murder victim that has come before," said victims' rights attorney Gloria Allred, who flew in from Los Angeles for the event held in front of the Lodi school.
Link to video of news segment