Attorneys for Texas death row inmate Robert Jean Hudson don’t deny he killed ex-girlfriend Edith Kendrick in a rage nearly a decade ago at her Dallas-area apartment but questioned whether he should be put to death Thursday evening for what they said was not a deliberate act.
“While Ms. Kendrick’s murder was brutal, it was a crime of passion,” Maurie Levin, a University of Texas law professor, wrote in an appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the punishment. “Mr. Hudson did not attempt to flee, did not resist arrest, immediately confessed to the crime, and expressed his remorse and sorrow in that statement and during the months that followed.”
Hudson, 45, would be the 18th Texas inmate executed this year in the nation’s most active death penalty state. Two other executions scheduled for this week in Texas were stopped by the courts.
“Something came over me and I lost control which caused this,” Hudson, who declined to speak with reporters as his scheduled execution in Huntsville neared, told police after his arrest. “I loved Edith… I am sorry for what has happened and have told the truth about the incident.”
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Join the “Abolish the Death Penalty Project” on Amazee.com and help us win the Amazee Bucket membership contest. We could win up to $5,000 to use against the death penalty. The project with the most members by Jan 22 wins. If we win, we plan to use one-half of any prize money we win to help needy families of people on death row travel to visit their loved ones on death row. We will use the other half of the prize money to fight against the death penalty.
You have to click on “join project” on the right hand side, then click on “register”. Then to qualify as one of the members who count towards the contest, you have to upload a picture or avatar of yourself.
We were all moved by the family members who spoke at the 9th Annual March to Stop Executions in Houston, so we were thinking of how we could help them. We all know that the death penalty is reserved for the poor. There are no rich people on death row. We will use one half of any prize money we get through this contest to help family members visit their loved ones on death row. Many families have a hard time making ends meet and the extra cost of traveling long distances to visit their loved ones on death row is a great financial burden. Some of the people on death row have young children who rarely get to visit them. The other half would be used for activities during the upcoming Texas legislative session from Jan to May 2009, such as a big anti-death penalty rally at the capitol and other projects to persuade people to support abolishing the death penalty.