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Execution Alert: Manuel Vasquez to be executed for killing Juanita Ybarra, who refuse to pay the Mexican Mafia a 10% street tax

remembering the victimsFrom Manuel Vasquez appeal: According to Cruz, appellant was a member of the Mexican Mafia. Two days before the incident giving rise to the present prosecution, Oligario Lujan and appellant told Cruz that Juanita Ybarra “had to go down” because she failed to pay the “dime,” a ten percent tax on the sale of illegal drugs collected by the Mexican Mafia. The “hit” had been ordered by Rene Munoz, a ranking member of the Mexican Mafia. Cruz testified that “had to go down” were “street words” that meant that Ybarra had to be killed. Cruz also testified that the plan included robbing Ybarra as a means of collecting the ten percent owed.

Appellant had rented room 20 of the New Laredo Motel. On the evening of March 18, 1998, Cruz and many others in room 20 were partying, smoking marijuana, drinking beer, injecting heroin, and snorting cocaine. At around 5:30 to 6:30 the next morning appellant asked Michelle Rodriguez for her car keys. Appellant, Cruz, and Lujan then headed toward room 15, where Ybarra was staying. They carried bandannas to cover their faces and socks to cover their hands to prevent fingerprints. Lujan knocked on the door to room 15 while appellant and Cruz ducked into adjacent room 16, the door to which was open, and began putting on socks and bandannas.

Moses Bazan, Ybarra’s boyfriend, opened the door to room 15, leaving the chain locked. The three conspirators forced their way through the door and the chain broke loose. Cruz and Lujan wrestled Bazan to the floor while appellant held Ybarra to the ground. During this struggle, Bazan broke a window, but he soon lost consciousness. Appellant then asked for a telephone cord, and Lujan gave him one. Using the cord, appellant strangled Ybarra. Bazan regained consciousness and resumed struggling. Lujan fought with Bazan while Cruz began gathering valuables, including cameras and jewelry, and stuffing them into a pillowcase. Appellant threw Lujan a kitchen knife, and Lujan moved to stab Bazan but missed and hit the floor, bending the knife. During the struggle, Bazan kicked a hole in the wall to adjacent room 16. At that point, appellant joined the fight against Bazan and hit Bazan on the head with a gun. Bazan lost consciousness again, and appellant and Lujan began gathering valuables into pillowcases. Soon they heard police sirens, and they left the room and drove Rodriguez’s car to George Martinez’s house.

Because the three were covered in blood, they changed clothes at Martinez’s house. Appellant had been wearing blue warmups during the crime. The three men then went to the Mayfield Motel, where they watched the news and used some drugs. After a couple of hours, they returned to Martinez’s house. A little while later, Cruz left in Rodriguez’s car without his companions but with several other people. Cruz picked up some food at the store and then went to his mother’s house.

Update: Manuel Vasquez was executed this evening.

Murderpedia: Manuel Vasquez
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Defendants in this case:
Manuel Vasquez – convicted, sentenced to death
Johnny Joe Cruz – pled guilty, sentenced to 7 years in prison, testified
Oligario “Bebe” Lujan -convicted, sentenced to 35 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Manuel Vasquez

Name Vasquez, Manuel
TDCJ Number 999336
Date of Birth 06/16/1968
Date Received 11/30/1999
Age (when Received) 31
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 8
Date of Offense 03/19/1998
Age (at the time of Offense) 29
County Bexar
Race Hispanic
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Height 5′ 8″
Weight 195
Eye Color Brown
Native County Jerome
Native State Idaho
Prior Occupation
welder, carpenter, laborer

Prior Prison Record
TDCJ-ID #465603, 10-year sentence for 1 count of Aggravated Assault With Bodily Injury (involves the subject and 3 codefendants beating an adult white male and setting fire to his body, causing his death); 07/12/91 released on Mandatory Supervision; 06/15/93 returned Mandatory Supervision; 12/13/95 released Mandatory Supervision

Summary of Incident
On 03/19/98, in San Antonio, Texas, Vasquez and co-defendants strangled to death and robbed a 51-year old Hispanic female as an ordered hit from the Mexican Mafia because she was not paying 10 percent to the Mafia. The victim’s partner was severely beaten but survived.

Co-Defendants
Lujan, Oligario
Cruz, Johnny Joe

Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic female

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 04131685
TDCJ Number: 00902322
Name: LUJAN,OLIGARIO
Race: H
Gender: M
DOB: 1970-09-25
Maximum Sentence Date: 2033-03-26
Current Facility: TELFORD
Projected Release Date: 2033-03-26
Parole Eligibility Date: 2015-09-25
Next Parole Review Date: 09/25/2015

Offense History
Offense Date: 1998-03-26
Offense: AGG ROBBERY
Sentence Date: 1999-11-29
County: BEXAR
Case No.: 1998CR3116B
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 35-00-00

Execution Alert: Michael Shane Worthington to be executed for the rape and murder of Melinda “Mindy” Griffin

Mindy Griffin
Mindy Griffin

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INMATE INFORMATION

MichaelWorthington prison mug

DOC Id 1008100
Offender Name Michael Shane Worthington
Race White
Sex Male
Date of Birth 01/30/1971
Height/Weight 6’3″ / 181
Hair/Eyes Brown /Blue
Assigned Location Eastern Reception Diagnostic Corr Center
Address 2727 Highway K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Assigned Officer Phone Number (573) 358-5516

Sentence Summary Death (Death, 30, Life CS) Registration Required
Active Offenses MURDER 1ST DEGREE;RAPE;BURGLARY 1ST DEG
Completed Offenses Completed sentence not found
Aliases Michael Shane Worthington

Execution Alert: Ronald Ray Phillips to be executed 1/14/2013 for the rape and murder of 3-year-old Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend’s daughter

Say NO to Child Abuse

Sheila Marie Evans

Sheila’s mother was convicted and sentenced to 13-30 years in prison. She asked for early release because she was dying of leukemia, which the state parole board approved, but the county prosecutor opposed her release. She died before it could be resolved.

**UPDATE 11/13/2013** Ronald Phillips execution has been stayed to consider allowing him to donate his organs to family members in need. It is rescheduled to July 2, 2014.

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Defendants
Ronald Phillips – convicted, sentenced to death
Fae Amanda Evans – convicted, sentenced to 13-30 years in prison, died in prison of leukemia

Fae Evans
Fae Amanda Evans

INMATE INFORMATION

RonaldPhillips prison mug

RONALD R PHILLIPS
Number: A279109 Inmate Photo
DOB: 10/10/1973
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 09/16/1993
Institution: Chillicothe Correctional Institution
Status: INCARCERATED

Offense Information
AGG MURDER
Counts: 1
ORC: 2903.01 3
Committing County: Summit
Admission Date: 09/16/1993
Degree of Felony: AM

FEL SEXUAL PENETRATION
Counts: 1
ORC: 2907.12 3
Committing County: Summit
Admission Date: 09/16/1993
Degree of Felony: A1

RAPE
Counts: 3
ORC: 2907.02 3
Committing County: Summit
Admission Date: 09/16/1993
Degree of Felony: A1

Sentence Information
Indefinite Sentence Min: Death Sentence
Indefinite Sentence Max: Death Sentence
Expiration of Max Sentence: Death Sentence

Execution Alert: Elmer Carroll executed for the rape and murder of 10-year-old Christine McGowan

Christine McGowan
Christine McGowan

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INMATE INFORMATION

ElmerCarroll prison mug

DC Number: 835908
Name: CARROLL, ELMER L
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6’02”
Weight: 199 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/19/1956
Initial Receipt Date: 05/29/1992
Current Facility: FLORIDA STATE PRISON
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE

Aliases:
ELMER LEON CARROL ELMER L CARROLL
ELMER LEON CARROLL

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT SHOULDER HEAD OF A DRAGON
TATTOO RIGHT ARM A WOMEN ON FOREARM
TATTOO RIGHT SHOULDER A ROSE

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/29/1990 AGG BATTERY/W/DEADLY WEAPON 04/16/1992 ORANGE 9011647 15Y 0M 0D
10/28/1990 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 04/16/1992 ORANGE 9012464 DEATH SENTENCE
10/28/1990 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM LT 12 04/16/1992 ORANGE 9012464 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
01/10/1980 05/26/1982
02/02/1983 04/16/1990
05/29/1992 Currently Incarcerated

Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983)
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
03/26/1976 L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/16 01/08/1980 PASCO 6Y 0M 1D
11/14/1982 L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/16 02/01/1983 PASCO 8202170 15Y 0M 0D

Execution Alert: Larry Eugene Mann executed for the 1980 murder of 10-year-old Elisa Vera Nelson

Elisa Nelson
Elisa Vera Nelson

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INMATE INFORMATION

LarryEugeneMann prison mug

DC Number: 077663
Name: MANN, LARRY E
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birth Date: 06/09/1953
Initial Receipt Date: 04/06/1981
Current Facility: FLORIDA STATE PRISON
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE

Aliases:
LARRY E MANN LARRY EUGENE MANN

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM HARLEY-DAVIDSON,2 SKULLS,DAGGER
TATTOO LEFT CHEST HEART
TATTOO RIGHT ARM RIBBON LITTLT LARRY

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
11/04/1980 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 03/26/1981 PINELLAS 8008741 DEATH SENTENCE
11/04/1980 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 03/26/1981 PINELLAS 8008741 99Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 04/06/1981
Date Out-of-Custody 4/10/2013 EXECUTION

Execution Alert: Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy for the murder of 71-year-old Dorothy Booth *Execution set for April 3, 2013*

Dorothy Booth
Dorothy Booth

Victims
Maggie Harding, 81 [12/1988 Dallas, TX] (indicted but not prosecuted)
Jettie Lucas, 85 [12/1988 Dallas, TX] (indicted but not prosecuted)
Dorothy Booth, 71 [7/22/1997 Lancaster, TX]

**Update** Kimberly McCarthy was executed on June 26, 2013.

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Offender Information: Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy
Last Statement Kimberly McCarthy

INMATE INFORMATTION

KimberlyMcCarthy

SID Number: 04277672
TDCJ Number: 00999287
Name: MCCARTHY,KIMBERLY LAGAYLE
Race: B
Gender: F
DOB: 1961-05-11
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: MOUNTAIN VIEW
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW

Offense History
Offense Date: 1997-07-21
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER (DEATH)
Sentence Date: 2002-11-01
County: DALLAS
Case No.: F-9734795-TV
Sentence: DEATH

Monsters Among Us: Robert Charles Gleason Jr. killed Michael Kent Jamerson, then in prison, he killed 2 more; Executed Jan. 14, 2013*

Aaron Cooper
Aaron A. Cooper

Victims
Michael Kent Jamerson, 53 [5/8/2007 Amherst County, VA]
Harvey Gray Watson Jr, 62 [May 2009 Wallens Ridge State Prison]
Aaron A. Cooper, 26 [July 2010 Red Onion State Prison]

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With execution over, prosecutor free to discuss dealings with Robert Gleason Jr.

RobertGleason
Robert Charles Gleason Jr.

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