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Derrick Dewayne Charles
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TEXAS (USA): DERRICK DEWAYNE CHARLES EXECUTED

May 12, 2015: Derrick Dewayne Charles, 32, Black, was executed. The sentence was carried out with a single lethal injection of pentobarbital. As the pentobarbital took effect, he took 2 breaths, yawned and then appeared to go to sleep. Charles was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CDT, 25 minutes after being given the execution drug.
Charles was convicted in the July 2, 2002 murders of Myiesha Bennett, 15, her mother, Brenda Bennett, 44, and her grandfather, Obie Bennett, 77. At that time Charles was19.
According to court documents, Charles was angry with Brenda Bennett for telling police he was having sex with her underage daughter. On the day of the killing Charles was high from smoking marijuana adulterated with embalming fluid. Charles pleaded guilty to capital murder charges in 2003. He was sentenced to death in Harris County on May 14 and May 27, 2003.
The lethal injection was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments from Charles' attorneys that he was mentally incompetent for execution and that they needed time and court-approved money for experts and investigators to pursue that claim. Another appeal argued Charles' trial court also acted improperly by refusing to appoint psychiatric experts and investigators. "We are disappointed with the Court's response," Paul Mansur, Charles' lead attorney, said in a statement. "Derrick Charles has a lifelong history of severe mental illness. State lawyers opposing Charles' appeals said his attorneys had made similar arguments about his competency before and that the courts rejected those.
Charles becomes the 7th inmate to be put to death this year in Texas, the 525th overall since the state resumed capital punishment on December 7, 1982, the 14th inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1408th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.
There were 20 executions in the USA last year by this date. (Sources: Houston Chronicle & Rick Halperin, 12/05/2015)

VIETNAM: MANY LAWMAKERS BACK ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY FOR 7 CRIMES
NEBRASKA (USA): LEGISLATURE PASSED BILL TO REPEAL DEATH PENALTY
PAKISTAN: TWO MORE DEATH ROW CONVICTS HANGED
IRAN: AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE EXECUTED
IRAN: FIVE PRISONERS HANGED IN SHIRAZ
EGYPT: HANDS OFF CAIN, DEATH SENTENCE OF MORSI POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND FURTHER PROOF OF A WORRYING INVOLUTION OF EGYPTIAN MILITARY REGIME
CALIFORNIA (USA): A VICTIM’S SON CHANGES HIS MIND ABOUT DEATH PENALTY
SAUDI ARABIA: GOVERNMENT HAS ADVERTISED FOR EIGHT NEW EXECUTIONERS
EGYPT: BROTHERHOOD MEMBER SENTENCED TO DEATH, TWO OTHER DEATH SENTENCES REFERRED TO GRAND MUFTI
NORTH KOREA: ANOTHER PURGE OF HIGH-RANKING OFFICIALS
SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI BEHEADED, 84 EXECUTIONS IN 2015
EGYPT: SIX ALLEGED TERRORISTS HANGED IN CAIRO
EGYPT: FORMER LEADER MORSY GIVEN DEATH SENTENCE IN JAILBREAK CASE
PAKISTAN: ONE DEATH ROW CONVICT HANGED IN LAHORE
HANDS OFF CAIN: DEATH SENTENCE OF BOSTON BOMBER IS SYMBOLIC BECAUSE A DE FACTO MORATORIUM IS IN FORCE
CHINA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER AFTER 17 YEARS
USA: BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER SENTENCED TO DEATH, A PURELY SYMBOLIC JUDGEMENT IN A DE FACTO MORATORIUM REGIME
MALAYSIA: NIGERIAN FEMALE STUDENT SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SRI LANKA: FOUR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE YEMENIS BEHEADED, 83 EXECUTIONS IN 2015
NORTH KOREA: DEFENSE MINISTER HYON YONG CHOL EXECUTED – S. KOREAN INTELLIGENCE
SOMALIA: MURDERERS OF MPS EXECUTED IN MOGADISHU
RUSSIA: STATE DUMA REFUSES TO INSTITUTE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR TERRORISM
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS SECRETLY HANGED IN SHIRAZ
SAUDI ARABIA: 80TH PERSON BEHEADED THIS YEAR
PAKISTAN: SAULAT MIRZA HANGED IN MACHH JAIL
BANGLADESH: 2 TO WALK GALLOWS FOR DOUBLE-MURDER
MALDIVES: TWO 16-YEAR-OLD MURDER CONVICTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
MALAYSIA: TWO INDONESIANS SPARED FROM DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: FIVE PRISONERS HANGED FOR MURDER

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