Skip to comments.Texas Carries Out 13th Execution Of The Year
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
(Excerpt) Read more at kwtx.com ...
Ryan Dickson won’t be killing anyone else now, will he?
Some people just never learn. This is why we need the DP.
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.
And so he should.
This is Texas. Don't come around acting a fool.
Works for me.
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.
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.
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.
I think he’s where he deserves to be...
Correction: 2003 should be 1993.
Were you a witness to the execution ?
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.
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.
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.
Texas Execution Ping!
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.
Hey Ryan, repose in Hell!
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...
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!
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.
That’s amazing! I didn’t realize they had such a low murder rate in Texas.
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!
They say this like it's a bad thing.
I sometimes wonder if they dream of having their names inscribed by laser on the Greater Huntsville Flatliners’ Club plaque.