Tuesday, March 11, 2008

September 20, 2007

Last Meal: Kimmel had a final request of a bacon cheeseburger with jalapenos, french fries, two slices of apple pie with vanilla ice cream and sweetened iced tea.

The skinny: Kimmel was executed for his part in a triple slaying.

Two of his victims were injected with cleaning fluid before they were fatally stabbed.

More skinny: Kimmel and accomplice Derrick Murphy went to the apartment of a acquaintance, a 22-year-old exotic dancer, and asked to use the phone. The pair had lurked outside her apartment for about five hours. Murphy entered the apartment and pointed a gun at the woman and her two guests.

After tying up the victims’ hands with rope, Murphy took the woman into the bathroom and demanded to know where she kept her money. When she resisted, Kimmel injected her in the arm with a syringe containing cleaning fluid. Murphy then smothered her with a pillow until she stopped thrashing, and then he cut her neck.

Kimmel then injected the male guest with cleaning fluid. When he attempted to run for the front door, Kimmel and Murphy tackled him and Kimmel stabbed him in the chest. Murphy took the knife from Kimmel, cut the man’s throat, and stabbed him multiple times while Kimmel held his legs. Murphy then stabbed the female guest.

Kimmel and Murphy then returned to the bathroom where the woman was still alive on the floor gasping for air, and carried her from the bathroom into the bedroom. According to Kimmel, she pleaded with him, “Help me, Clifford, I’m dying. Why are you doing this?” Kimmel only responded, “I don’t know what to tell you, because I don’t know why.”

Murphy then sat on the woman’s chest and stabbed her in the chest and throat. Murphy and Kimmel took several items and fled. They later used the woman’s credit card at gasoline stations and a hotel, where the duo had a party the next night.

The two men were arrested about six weeks later after detectives tracked purchases made with the credit card.

When Kimmel was arrested on a parole revocation warrant, he initially he denied any role in the murders, but two days later admitted to participating in the killings. Kimmel pled guilty to the murders shortly before trial.

Accomplice Murphy received a life sentence for his role in the slayings.

Priors: Kimmel had run afoul of the law more than once as a juvenile, arrested for burglary, shoplifting and indecency with a child. Authorities arrested him for another burglary as an adult, and he was put on probation. But motions to revoke his probation were filed after Kimmel failed a drug test, was arrested for criminal trespassing and suspected in a burglary.

After serving less than two years of a six-year sentence for violating terms of his probation, Kimmel was released on parole in November 1998. The murders occurred about five months later.

Last words and such: Kimmel had nothing to say when asked by a warden if he had a final statement. "No sir," he replied.

Factoids: Kimmel was the...

41st murderer executed in U.S. in 2007
1098th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
25th murderer executed in Texas in 2007
404th murderer executed in Texas since 1976