Sunday, November 20, 2005

If One Innocent Person

Is put to death, then we have committed murder. - Executed man may have been innocent - Nov 20, 2005: "Meanwhile, Cantu's co-defendant, David Garza, recently signed a sworn affidavit saying he allowed his friend to be accused, even though Cantu wasn't with him the night of the killing.

Cantu was executed at age 26. He had long professed his innocence.

'Part of me died when he died,' said Garza, who was 15 at the time of the murder. 'You've got a 17-year-old who went to his grave for something he did not do. Texas murdered an innocent person.'

Miriam Ward, forewoman of the jury that convicted Cantu, said the panel's decision was the best they could do based on the information presented during the trial.

'With a little extra work, a little extra effort, maybe we'd have gotten the right information,' Ward said. 'The bottom line is, an innocent person was put to death for it. We all have our finger in that.'

Sam D. Millsap Jr., then the Bexar County district attorney who decided to charge Cantu with capital murder, told the newspaper he never should have sought the death penalty in a case based on testimony from an eyewitness who identified a suspect only after police showed him Cantu's photo three separate times."
This is why we have an appeals process that should not be shortened. He must have been so terrified right up until the last moment, believing that because he was innocent that he would be saved. This isn't Prison Break. No new series after your current part is over.

Just pushing up daisies.

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