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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.

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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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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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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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