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Texas Carries Out 13th Execution Of The Year
KWTX ^ | April 26, 2007 | KWTX

Posted on 04/26/2007 7:39:05 PM PDT by COEXERJ145

(April 26, 2007)--A man whose criminal record dated back to a bicycle theft at age nine was put to death Thursday evening in Huntsville.

Ryan Dickson, 30, was sentenced to die for the murder of 61-year-old Amarillo grocery clerk Carmelo Surace in 1994.

Also killed the attempted beer theft was Surace's 60-year-old wife, Marie.

Dickson was the 13th Texas inmate put to death this year in the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

Dickson's lawyer, Ronald Spriggs, launched "a last-minute effort" court effort to block the execution, but the appeals failed.

He contended Dickson might have been mentally retarded and ineligible for execution and that evidence of childhood abuse should mitigate his punishment

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: capitalpunishment; deathrow; execution; texas
http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/dicksonryan.htm
1 posted on 04/26/2007 7:39:06 PM PDT by COEXERJ145
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To: COEXERJ145
The attempted beer theft.
2 posted on 04/26/2007 7:41:08 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: COEXERJ145
Well, I saw that there were two SC rulings that came out yesterday involving Texas, I’ve been too busy with school to get around to reading them....guess I know what one of them said.
3 posted on 04/26/2007 7:44:36 PM PDT by txroadkill
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To: COEXERJ145

Ryan Dickson won’t be killing anyone else now, will he?


4 posted on 04/26/2007 7:45:07 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS Is A Slap In The Face To The USBP!!)
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To: COEXERJ145
A man whose criminal record dated back to a bicycle theft at age nine

Some people just never learn. This is why we need the DP.

5 posted on 04/26/2007 7:45:07 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: COEXERJ145
"mentally retarded and ineligible for execution"

If Cho hadn't turned his gun on himself and had been arrested instead, I'm sure his defense lawyer would've tried the same thing.

6 posted on 04/26/2007 7:47:03 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: COEXERJ145
Ryan Dickson, 30, was sentenced to die for the murder of 61-year-old Amarillo grocery clerk Carmelo Surace in 1994.

And so he should.

This is Texas. Don't come around acting a fool.

7 posted on 04/26/2007 7:47:46 PM PDT by humblegunner (?)
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To: COEXERJ145
Per Ron White: Other states are trying to outlaw the death penalty. My state (Texas) is putting in an express lane.

Works for me.

8 posted on 04/26/2007 7:48:41 PM PDT by Free State Four
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To: kinoxi

GOOD RIDDENCE


9 posted on 04/26/2007 7:50:27 PM PDT by stumpy
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To: COEXERJ145
Dickson was the 13th Texas inmate put to death this year in the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

13th ?? Its almost MAY and they could do ONLY 13 ? They are not busy. Lackadaisical is more like it! I remember back in the late 90s when Bush was gov, the death chamber in Huntsville used to run at near full capacity with Tuesdays and Thursdays being execution nights.

10 posted on 04/26/2007 7:50:45 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: All

The murderer that killed my Meme and Aunt was put to death in Texas November of 2003. He was on death row for 10 years having committed his crime in 2003.

It makes me wonder how this guy got 3 extra years at the taxpayers expense.


11 posted on 04/26/2007 7:53:01 PM PDT by DUDLEY
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To: humblegunner
This is Texas. Don't come around acting a fool.
 

I don't know about you, but I kinda thought the sign was self explanatory, it doesn't really leave a lot of room for guessing.

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12 posted on 04/26/2007 7:53:15 PM PDT by txroadkill
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To: stumpy

I think he’s where he deserves to be...


13 posted on 04/26/2007 7:53:43 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: DUDLEY

Correction: 2003 should be 1993.


14 posted on 04/26/2007 7:54:21 PM PDT by DUDLEY
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To: DUDLEY

Were you a witness to the execution ?


15 posted on 04/26/2007 7:55:13 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: txroadkill

Damn Right.


16 posted on 04/26/2007 7:56:07 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: DUDLEY

My neighbors son is there too...

Crime in 2001 and still not on the schedule.

I am sure the BI-Polar defense is at work there too.


17 posted on 04/26/2007 7:58:35 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

No. My mother and my cousin (my aunts daughter) were.

I decided against it because I knew that it would stay with me having suffered anxiety from the actual murders. I’m glad I didn’t because our advocate did witness the execution and she told me that he had a death rattle. That means they talk when the drugs are administered and they make really horrible noises. The inmate is instructed to not talk at a certain time to not upset his witnesses. Our advocates description was enough for me.


18 posted on 04/26/2007 7:59:49 PM PDT by DUDLEY
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To: 3D-JOY

It does not make any sense. I always said...I will give him the 10 years if I can have 10 more years with my loved ones.


19 posted on 04/26/2007 8:01:19 PM PDT by DUDLEY
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To: GW and Twins Pawpaw; boo4; K4Harty; flynmudd

Texas Execution Ping!


20 posted on 04/26/2007 8:03:40 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: DUDLEY

This man’s two daughters never got to grow up.

It has been on my mind almost hourly since the recent “rant” against a young girl.

Another divorce situation, Baldwin.

Texas would not believe the Mother and forced visitation.


21 posted on 04/26/2007 8:09:26 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
Some people just never learn. This is why we need the DP.

Pure refreshment.

22 posted on 04/26/2007 8:09:40 PM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: txroadkill
Did you know “Don't Mess With Texas” means don't litter. then again maybe you were congratulating them taking out the trash.
23 posted on 04/26/2007 8:20:18 PM PDT by newfarm4000n (God Bless Taxpayers)
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To: COEXERJ145
More...
24 posted on 04/26/2007 8:26:46 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: COEXERJ145

25 posted on 04/26/2007 8:30:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: stumpy

Indeed.


26 posted on 04/26/2007 8:39:07 PM PDT by Ptarmigan
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To: COEXERJ145

Hey Ryan, repose in Hell!


27 posted on 04/26/2007 8:43:33 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: COEXERJ145
Ryan Dickson, 30, was sentenced to die for the murder of 61-year-old Amarillo grocery clerk Carmelo Surace in 1994.

he was about 17-18 when he committed the murders... that's young... well, good thing they caught him before he even entered his 20's... who knows how much more tragedy he might have caused...

28 posted on 04/26/2007 8:46:02 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: txroadkill; humblegunner
Gotta say, I'm proud of the way you folks in "Baja Oklahoma" take care of the trash! Thirteen so far, and it's only April!

We are lagging a little behind this year with only one so far, but considering OK's total population of only 3.5m compared to your 20+m, not too bad!

Carry on!

29 posted on 04/26/2007 8:51:18 PM PDT by Don Carlos (MSgt, USAF (Ret))
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To: DUDLEY

Those sentenced get all the attention when it should be the victim’s family that get society’s attention. I’m sorry for your loss.


30 posted on 04/26/2007 9:35:41 PM PDT by raftguide
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

That’s amazing! I didn’t realize they had such a low murder rate in Texas.


31 posted on 04/26/2007 9:55:57 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: COEXERJ145; Millee; carlr; Maximus of Texas; EX52D; ontap; StephenTX; wallcrawlr; Auntbee; ...
I feel old RIP Ford would say... "If we could get some of them traitors up in DC down here, we could crank that number way up..."

I could not agree more!

Run, Fred, RUN!

BTW That is not a Confederate Uniform old Rip is wearing. He commanded the Cavalry of the West and Wikipedia has a brief mention of it Here.

The best description of it is in Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans by TR Fehrenbach.

Back in the day when I just knew I'd get Clint Eastwood's attention, I wrote up a screenplay treatment on the episode of Civil War history where there were strange bedfellows down on the Rio Grande where there were Confederate Forces, Union Forces, the forces of Juarez, French backed Mexican Royalist Forces and into this rode RIP Ford and the old men and boys of Cavalry of the West. They ran roughshod over all they encountered!

I still believe Clint would have made a great RIP Ford!

2nd BTW Old RIP Ford commanded the Confederate forces in the last battle of the American Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Ranch on May 12-13, 1865. It was a Confederate victory, but it occurred after the surrender of all Texas armies and so had no effect on the outcome of the war. It is considered the last major confrontation of the Civil War.

3rd BTW old RIP Ford was also a Texas Ranger legend!

Google that, Rosie!

32 posted on 04/26/2007 10:10:18 PM PDT by Bender2 (A 'Good Yankee' comes down to Texas, then goes back north. A 'Damn Yankee' stays... Damn it!)
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To: COEXERJ145
Dickson was the 13th Texas inmate put to death this year in the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

They say this like it's a bad thing.

33 posted on 04/26/2007 11:16:17 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: COEXERJ145

I sometimes wonder if they dream of having their names inscribed by laser on the Greater Huntsville Flatliners’ Club plaque.


34 posted on 04/27/2007 5:54:52 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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