Saturday, March 18, 2006

A reader's BIG last meal...

TGI Fridays-Jack Daniels Ribeye w/extra Jack Daniels sauce &Loaded Mashed Potatoes
McDonalds-50 Piece McNugget w/BBQ &Sweet and Sour sauce, 6 Apple Pies
Kobe's Japanese Steakhouse-Imperial Dinner with Steak(medium), Chicken, and Shrimp with extra rice, Japanese Carrots, and extra shrimp sauce
KFC-Family Sized Potato Wedge w/Honey, 10 pc picnic feast w/macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn on the cob 8 Apple Turnovers
Scotties Hometown Grill-Hot wings with ranch dressing, cheese fries w/ honey mustard and ranch dressing
Burger King-Whopper no cheese, chicken fries with sweet&sour and BBQ sauce
Cracker Barrell-All the country ham biscuits, chicken fried chicken with green beans, corn, and mashed potatoes&gravy
Chick-Fil-A- 16 Mini Chicken Biscuits, 8 Chicken Sandwiches with extra pickles, honey, mayonnaise, mustard, polynesian sauce, and chicken strips with polynesian sauce
O'Charleys-All the Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges with honey mustard, potato soup
Krispy Kreme-12 Fresh Glazed Doughnuts, 6 Chocolate Glazed and 6 Lemon Filled Doughnuts
Village Inn Pizza-Apple Dessert Pizza
CrossRoads-All the Cupcakes
Pretzel Time-16 Italian Parmesean Pretzel Dogs with Honey mustard
EggRoll Palace-65eggrolls w/duck sauce,hot mustard,and soy sauce
TCBY-Rainbow Cream
Maggie Moos-Ice Cream like hell
Pizza Hut-cheese sticks,meatlovers pizza,hot wings w/ranch
Giovannis-cheese bread w/marinara&ranch,med pizza w/extra cheese,bacon bits,mushroom,hamburger,and canadian bacon
Bojangles-Seasoned fries w/honey mustard
Red Lobster-3lbs crab legs w/butter
I need all the people in my family to make the following foods:
MS.Lily-Dressing&Gravy &turkey salad
Duncan-Brown sugar&mustard ham &chicken &rice
Grandma Thelma-Buttermilk Chocolate Cake& Meatballs
Grandma Bessie- Greens
Aunt Mang-Cheese Ball
Michele- Macaroni Pie and Sweet Potato Souffle
Rhonda- Chicken Casserole
Lucy-Fried Chicken
Aunt Shirley- Salad and Hot Wings
Cora Lee-Chocolate Pie
Mer Mer-Potato Salad
Sister Girl-Baby Red Potatoes
Aunt Tootsie-Chili Beans
Aunt Linda-Greens and Asparagus
Aunt Gina- Cherry Yum yum
Aunt Peggy- Heath Cake
To Drink:
Sheia's Koolaid, Aunt Tracies Tea, 2 Sundrops, 2 Diet Cokes, 3 Peach Nehis, 5 Sprites, 2 Mello Yello's, 3 Nesquick Strawberry Milks, 16 McDonalds Chocolate Milks, 3 Hot Chocolate and French Vanilla Mix, 3 cups of Hot Tea with milk and sugar, TGI Fridays electric lemonade, Scotties 10 cups of ice, Gallon of lemonade and Sweet Tea from chick-fil-a, purple alaska from o'charleys

March 17, 2oo6

...St. Patrick's Day...

Last Meal: Moody chose a last meal of turkey with dressing, tossed salad with blue cheese dressing, strawberry cheesecake and a Coke.

The skinny: Moody was executed for the 1994 murder of his girlfriend's husband.

More skinny: Moody conspired with his girlfriend, Wanda Robbins, to kill her husband so the pair could split a $5,000 insurance policy. On Sept. 16, 1994, Moody pretended to be interested in purchasing a car owned by the man and shot him in the back of the head. At 5:30 a.m. on the day after the murder, Wanda Robbins called the life insurance company seeking payment. Wanda Robbins was sentenced to life in prison plus 65 years after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and insurance fraud.

This was not the first time that Moody had plotted with a woman to kill somebody. He spent five years in a Florida prison for a similar scheme that failed.

Moody interrupted his murder trial in 1995 to plead guilty to the slaying of Robbins.

Moody's attorneys had argued that he should be exempted from the death penalty because of his marginal intelligence.

Leading up to: Moody spent Wednesday and Thursday visiting with his mother, siblings and other relatives from Canton, Ohio, where he grew up. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Moody took a break from his first contact visits with family in 10 years to eat his last meal.

Last words and such: Moody released a long poem he received from a prison chaplain as his final statement.

It was handed out after the execution. The last verse reads, "When tragedy strikes, when trouble comes, when life disappoints us, we stand at the crossroads between hope and despair, torn and hurting. Despair cements us in the present; hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see. Despair says that there is no place to go but here. Hope says that God is waiting for us someplace else. Begin again."

Later, as technicians prepared the execution chamber and the drugs, Rick Moody sat in the small, dark witness room, watching through the double-pane glass window. He mouthed "I'll see you in heaven" and blew two kisses before saying aloud "I'll see you up there" and giving Patrick Moody a thumbs up. Moody could only nod in response.

Factoids: Moody was the...

10th murderer executed in U.S. in 2006
1014th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
2nd murderer executed in North Carolina in 2006
41st murderer executed in North Carolina since 1976

Before the execution, about 15 people were arrested and charged with trespassing when they tried to enter the prison grounds about 10 p.m., Acree said. Before the execution, about 125 anti-death penalty protesters were arrested when they tried to enter the prison grounds. The protesters were charged with trespassing.

March 15, 2006

Last meal: For his final meal, Hughes requested six pieces of fried chicken with hot sauce, six jalapeno peppers, extra large frence fries with ketchup and salt, for buttered rolls or biscuits, two large sprites and two cigarettes (menthol preferred).

The skinny: Tommie Hughes, 32, a former Marine, was condemned for killing the 25-year-old woman, after he and a cousin robbed and shot the woman and her friend..

Hughes was charged with both killings but only tried for the first woman's death.

The victim, 25, grew up in Chicago but her family was originally from Nigeria. She was a student at the University of Illinois and had been in the Dallas-area on a summer internship with GTE Corp. The second victim, 29, was from San Francisco, and was finishing up a yearlong assignment for GTE in Dallas.

More skinny: Tommie Hughes, 32, was condemned for killing the 25-year-old woman, after he and a cousin robbed the woman and her friend.

The women were attacked after watching the movie "Picture Perfect."

Hughes waved an automatic pistol at the women during the robbery and shot them each in the head while his cousin was walking to a car where Hughes' girlfriend waited.

Hughes' cousin, Derric English, helped rob the women while the girlfriend, Henry, was the getaway driver. Hughes was 22 at the time, while English and Henry were 19. All three were caught after a short chase by officers who were in the parking lot on an undercover operation.

Hughes, who was in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years got a bad conduct discharge after a court-martial.

The wheels of justice: Hughes maintained his innocence and claimed his girlfriend shot the two women in a jealous rage while he and his cousin were talking to them.

During his trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Hughes had robbed three other people at gunpoint at a restaurant parking lot near the theater four days before. He was also indicted for the January 1996 slaying of the owner of a Dallas convenience store, during a robbery.

His defense attorneys presented no witnesses at his trial.

During the trial, the cousin testified Hughes snickered when asked why he killed the women and said they could have identified him.

At a separate trial, English was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Henry pleaded to a lesser charge of aggravated robbery in exchange for her testimony against both men. She was sentenced to 11 years.

Last words and such: In a final statement on Wednesday night while strapped to a gurney in the death chamber, Hughes spoke to his mother, grandmother and some friends as they watched from a nearby window.

"I love my family," he said. "You all stay strong. Watch over each other. Stay strong. I love you. I love you. It's my hour. It's my hour. I love you. Stay strong."

Hughes kept repeating "I love you" and looking at his family until the drugs took effect. He said nothing about his victims, but at one point turned his head and stared at their relatives.

Factoids: Hughes was the...

9th murderer executed in U.S. in 2006
1013th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
5th murderer executed in Texas in 2006
360th murderer executed in Texas since 1976

An additional 15 executions are scheduled in Texas through August.

Tommie Hughes...the poet
Inmate Homepage (Tommie Hughes)

"Who Am I”

My life has been
a riddle
wrapped in
a question
locked inside
an enigma & . . . .
as it turns out,
I don’t feel the need
to shed any light
on it
just yet . . . .
& . . . . so,
the question
remains -