Thursday, September 19, 2002

Jesse Joe Patrick
September 17, 2002


The skinny: Patrick, was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and murder of a neighbor. Patrick was found guilty of brutally killing 80-year-old Nina Rutherford on the night of July 8, 1989.

OJ REDUX: Police obtained a search warrant and searched Patrick's house the next day, finding a sock caked in dried blood, an amount of toilet paper with dried blood on it, and a pair of denim jeans also covered in blood. Testing showed the blood on the sock and toilet paper to be a genetic match with Redd's; Patrick's girlfriend identified the butcher knife as her's and a partial palm print from Redd's bathroom window sill matched Patrick's.

ANGER WOMAN: Wearing a red shirt, Patrick made no final statement. After a few moments, Patrick made one long sputter and lost consciousness. His wife began to sob and emitted a loud wail. After a few moments, she turned away and began to address Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees in the room with her, calling them "bastards." "I hope you are satisfied now," she said. "You ought to do something about your justice system. This is a disgrace and you should be ashamed of yourselves."