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Texas Death Row Inmate Commits Suicide
AP via SFGate ^ | 1/29/7 | MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 01/29/2008 9:08:49 PM PST by SmithL

HOUSTON, (AP) -- A convicted killer sent to death row for killing a sheriff's deputy apparently committed suicide in his cell, prison officials said Tuesday.

The body of Jesus Flores, 25, was found by a corrections officer about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Flores was pronounced dead about an hour later, said Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

"He had lacerations on his throat and forehead," she said.

Flores apparently tried to use his own blood to scribble a message on the wall, but it was illegible, Lyons said.

Flores was convicted of capital murder for the May 2001 death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Dennis, 35. Flores was 19 at the time of the shooting.

Flores had been on death row since December 2001. His case was still on appeal before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which had already upheld his conviction and death sentence. An execution date was never set.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: buhbye; copkiller; deathpenalty; deathrow; leo; suicide; tookietime
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1 posted on 01/29/2008 9:08:50 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Thankfully, he just saved the state some $$ too


2 posted on 01/29/2008 9:09:36 PM PST by pissant (Time for a CONSERVATIVE party)
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To: SmithL

Checking to see if I give a damn...nope, my Givadamn is busted.


3 posted on 01/29/2008 9:12:04 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SmithL

He should have thought of this before he killed the deputy and saved the deputy’s family all that grief.


4 posted on 01/29/2008 9:12:59 PM PST by Veggie Todd (Were those magic grits?)
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To: SmithL

Leave him in his cell til his appeals are exhausted in about 15 years. It’ll give the others something to think about.


5 posted on 01/29/2008 9:13:01 PM PST by San Jacinto (Three dangers to guard against: Osama, Obama, and Chelsea's Momma!!!)
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To: SmithL

Unfortunate he didn’t take advantage of the 6+ years of life after murdering the officer to turn his life around and accept Christ. If he did, he wouldn’t have thought this was the right way to deal with what he was dealing with. He’s lost forever.


6 posted on 01/29/2008 9:13:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: SmithL

And the problem is....


7 posted on 01/29/2008 9:14:33 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: SmithL

What would Jesus do? Not what Hey-suse did in killing a deputy. ? Was this one of our friendly guest workers?


8 posted on 01/29/2008 9:15:09 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: SmithL
NEXT
9 posted on 01/29/2008 9:16:42 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: TASMANIANRED
And the problem is....

Flores becomes the eighth condemned man in Texas to take his own life since death row reopened in 1974.

Slackers....

10 posted on 01/29/2008 9:16:56 PM PST by DeFault User
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Cool, I wish a few more death row inmates would follow his lead.


11 posted on 01/29/2008 9:19:55 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Everybody has to make their own decision. He made his.


12 posted on 01/29/2008 9:20:39 PM PST by doc1019
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To: All

Somehow, you know the ACLU and other pro-crime groups will sue Texas over this....just watch


13 posted on 01/29/2008 9:22:45 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Support the ABM Treaty...Anyone But McCain)
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To: SmithL

His dying words, written in his own blood, the very blood that was draining from his dying body, written so that the world would receive the most important message of his life, were illegible.

Loser!


15 posted on 01/29/2008 9:25:12 PM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: SmithL

The message said, “Argghhhhhh.....”


16 posted on 01/29/2008 9:25:36 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: SmithL

Jesus Flores

On May 22, 2001 in Houston, Flores took a family member's car without permission.
The incident was reported to law enforcement.

A 35 year old white male Harris County deputy pursued Flores.
While the deputy was applying handcuffs to Flores, Flores shot the deputy
in the head using a gun that Flores had concealed, resulting in the deputy's death.

17 posted on 01/29/2008 9:26:17 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: SmithL
for killing a sheriff's deputy

There's a much improved chance of suicide or getting killed in prison when you kill a law enforcement officer.
Which is as it should be.

18 posted on 01/29/2008 9:27:42 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SmithL
Since the death penalty was reinstated in Texas in 1974, there have been eight suicides by Texas death row inmates. The most recent before Flores' was on Oct. 19, 2006, when Michael Johnson cut his throat on the morning of his execution.

A preliminary investigation indicated Flores extracted a blade from a safety razor, then cut his own throat from ear to ear in his private cell, said John Moriarty, TDCJ inspector general, whose office is investigating the incident.

Flores, a pool installer and laborer, had argued with his sister at her northwest Harris County home over damage to her car he had caused the night before. Flores left his sister's home, driving away in a family member's car. His sister called 911 and Dennis arrived to take the report about the missing vehicle. As Dennis was taking the report, Flores drove past in another sister's vehicle and Dennis pursued him.

Flores shot Dennis in the head as the deputy was handcuffing him.

19 posted on 01/29/2008 9:28:29 PM PST by kcvl
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To: SmithL

Christ... why did his name have to be Jesus?


20 posted on 01/29/2008 9:28:56 PM PST by littlehouse36
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To: MaxMax

Do you have a more recent photo? This one appears to be premortem.


21 posted on 01/29/2008 9:31:08 PM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: SmithL
One down, Untold thousands on death row to go.

More razors for death row inmates please!

22 posted on 01/29/2008 9:31:23 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: SmithL

Well he did something charitable with his life. It is cheaper to just bury him than to pay for the last minute lawyering and then bury him.


23 posted on 01/29/2008 9:32:43 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than to have to fight them OVER HERE!)
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To: Army Air Corps

Great post!


24 posted on 01/29/2008 9:34:37 PM PST by factmart
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To: SmithL
A convicted killer sent to death row for killing a sheriff's deputy apparently committed suicide in his cell, prison officials said Tuesday.

Hmmmmm.....

Well, he's gone.

I doubt there's going to be an in depth investigation over a suicide.

25 posted on 01/29/2008 9:35:04 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: SmithL

Wasn’t this suicide “cruel and unusual”? Family members will probably sue.


26 posted on 01/29/2008 9:35:35 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: SmithL

WONDERFUL!


27 posted on 01/29/2008 9:35:41 PM PST by montag813
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To: SmithL

Interesting comments at the link.


28 posted on 01/29/2008 9:36:15 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: SmithL

I really don’t know why Texas does not equip all death-row cells with a movable chair, a nice sturdy hook on the ceiling (that the inmate can use to hang clothes on to dry), and maybe issue every death row inmate a sturdy rope belt.

It would cost the state maybe $10,000 to furnish these to every death row inmate, but think of the potential millions that the state could save.


29 posted on 01/29/2008 9:44:16 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: LilAngel

See post #19


30 posted on 01/29/2008 9:53:57 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: littlehouse36

In spanish Jesus is pronounced Hay Zooz.


31 posted on 01/29/2008 10:00:02 PM PST by KDD (Freedom begins between the ears. -- Edward Abbey)
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To: SmithL
Color me cold but I did chuckle a bit at the headline.

I see we finally get to see some 'feel good' news. After all, this guy should be posthumously applauded for his time management and sense of fiscal responsibility.

32 posted on 01/29/2008 10:02:03 PM PST by eldoradude (Think for yourself!)
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To: kcvl

Send his family a crisp $20 bill. That’s about what he saved us by foregoing an execution. It’s only fair.


33 posted on 01/29/2008 10:05:43 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: LilAngel

“His dying words, written in his own blood, the very blood that was draining from his dying body, written so that the world would receive the most important message of his life, were illegible.”

His message was illegible. The school system, not Jesus Flores, is to blame.


34 posted on 01/29/2008 10:06:39 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: MaxMax

No good. That’s also prehumous. (Is that a word? Well it is now.) Looking for something more recent (postmortem, posthumous). Something a bit more cheerful.


35 posted on 01/29/2008 10:10:30 PM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Poor Hey Zeus. Let’s give him a scholarship to a good elementary school.


36 posted on 01/29/2008 10:14:02 PM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: pepperhead

“Cool, I wish a few more death row inmates would follow his lead.”

I knew what the responses for this thread would be... but it was worth the laugh.


37 posted on 01/29/2008 10:19:53 PM PST by JSteff
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To: Army Air Corps
my Givadamn is busted

Good country song too !

38 posted on 01/29/2008 10:22:50 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: JSteff

FReepers are predictable, aren’t we?


39 posted on 01/29/2008 10:24:15 PM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: SmithL

Seven years to late, but better than never.


40 posted on 01/29/2008 10:24:55 PM PST by NTW64 (...)
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To: Lancey Howard
There's a much improved chance of suicide or getting killed in prison when you kill a law enforcement officer. Which is as it should be.

Back in the good old days, here in the south, it was hard to escape "suicide" if you harmed a child, law man or raped a woman. For some reason the streets were safe to walk.

41 posted on 01/29/2008 10:26:26 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: LilAngel
Looking for something more recent

Well, hmm. How about the skull of Pac-man?


42 posted on 01/29/2008 10:38:02 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: SmithL
A few years ago, cop killer Robert "Mudman" Simon mysteriously ended up alone in a death row "rec cage" with another death row inmate, a monster named Ambrose Harris. "Mudman" didn't last a minute.

Harris was let off for that murder because it was ruled "self defense". Anyway, what were they going to do to Harris - - send him to death row? I suspect Harris ended up with a few extra cartons of cigarettes....

43 posted on 01/29/2008 10:38:11 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: NTW64

Hey, it’s the thought that counts.
That’s what my Parents taught me.

Aloha kakou


44 posted on 01/29/2008 10:47:00 PM PST by BigIsleGal (Love to Those on Rainbow Bridge and Luck to Us Who Aren't)
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To: MaxMax

Thank you! That’s closer to what I had in mind. Too bad the zombies already lapped up the blood.


45 posted on 01/29/2008 10:52:25 PM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: SmithL

Why don’t they leave DIY suicide kits in the cells of every death row inmate ?


46 posted on 01/29/2008 11:01:36 PM PST by libh8er
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To: SmithL

Thank you, Jesus.


47 posted on 01/29/2008 11:30:28 PM PST by matthew fuller (John Bolton/ Newt Gingrich 2008)
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To: SmithL

It will be 28 years this June that John George Brown shot and killed Officer Donald F. Reed outside a bar in Garden, CA .Brown, the scum was given the death penalty twice! Don was a personal friend of the family and became a LEO because of my FIL. Meanwhile, the taxpayers have paid for this slime’s room, food and basic needs for almost 28 years! Razors for all of death row inmates in solitary confinement!


48 posted on 01/30/2008 1:48:35 AM PST by tajgirvan (Please Pray for Steve Godbold, Christian Missionary Kidnapped by Muslims in Africa. 10/11/07)
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To: SmithL

after the juan mccain win.....

this suicide is the first good news of the morning!!!!!


49 posted on 01/30/2008 3:31:10 AM PST by nyyankeefan
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To: SmithL

Committing the executions that the American government is unwilling to do.


50 posted on 01/30/2008 4:26:52 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Just laugh at them!)
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