Friday, April 04, 2003

April 3, 2003

Dead Kid Murderer No. 2 Walking....

Last Meal: three cheeseburgers, three orders of onion rings and a slush drink.

The Skinny:
Hain was executed for burning two people alive in a car trunk when he was 17. He and another man received death sentences for kidnapping the couple and stuffing them into the trunk of a car that they then set on fire. Hain had blamed his involvement on his youth.

Definately Not Socs: Hain told the state Pardon and Parole Board in his clemency hearing Monday that he had acted under the control of Robert Lambert, the 21-year-old he met on Tulsa's streets.

Broke-Ass Defense: Hain's lawyer said he could not present a credible case for clemency because he hadn't been able to prepare it, including bringing in experts to testify, because of lack of funds.

SPREE!!! The murders ended what authorities said was a four-month crime spree by Hain and Lambert. The two men were accused of sexually assaulting two Kansas women and later attacking a Tulsa couple, permanently injuring the man with a blow from a claw hammer and sexually assaulting and beating the woman. Hain denied involvement in those attacks and was not tried for them after his conviction in the murders.

Bad Dreams, Poor kid: The lawyer said Hain was "very remorseful," talking about his regrets, describing haunting nightmares and dreams of trying to open the trunk but burning his hands.

No words: He had no final statement.

CLARIFICATON NEEDED: From the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma in a statement."Given Hain's age at the time of the crime, his execution would be contrary to American standards of justice, fairness and decency, which punish according to the degree of culpability and reserve the death penalty for the 'worst of the worst' offenders." Would burning three people alive in a truck of a car qualify it as "worst of the worst?" Dear ACLU of OK, how many people do you need to burn alive to make met this "worst of the worst" standard?

Factoids: The United States is one of the few countries that allow executions people who were 16 or 17 when they killed. Oklahoma has now tied Missouri for third in the standings, knotted up at 60.