Monthly Archives: June 2018

Attorneys for a 66-year-old Texas death row inmate say his health problems make him unsuitable for lethal injection scheduled for this week so they’re proposing he be rolled in his wheelchair in front of a firing squad or be administered nitrogen gas to cut off oxygen to his brain until he stops breathing.

If the state doesn’t accept one of their alternatives, lawyers for confessed multiple killer and rapist Danny Paul Bible contend his lethal injection, set for Wednesday evening, should be halted because it would be unconstitutionally cruel and present a “substantial risk” of being botched due to his “unique constellation of medical issues.”

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the appeal Tuesday, affirming a decision from a federal judge in Houston last week.

Bible’s attorneys said they would take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

State attorneys argued the civil rights lawsuit was a “meritless tactic” to delay his “well-deserved execution.” Neither firing squad nor nitrogen gas are legal execution methods in Texas and the state Legislature isn’t scheduled to meet again until next year. A handful of death penalty states allow nitrogen hypoxia, although the method hasn’t been used. Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. Utah now allows that method if drugs for execution are unavailable.

No one is disputing Bible’s guilt for a Houston slaying nearly 40 years ago that went unsolved for two decades before a jury convicted him of it and sent him to Texas death row.

Bible, a drifter with a record of violence in several states, would be the seventh convicted killer executed this year in Texas, equaling the state’s total for all of 2017. He’d be nation’s the 12th prisoner executed this year.

Bible’s lawyers sought a reprieve, a restraining order and an injunction to block his execution, arguing Bible had no suitable sites on his body for IVs to deliver a lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital and that severe tremors accompanying his Parkinson’s disease would complicate insertion of IV needles. They also warned of a problematic execution like ones in recent years in Ohio and Alabama.

The decision came in connection with the third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban, issued last fall, which barred various travelers from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities.

The administration argued before the court earlier this year that it was within the president’s power to issue the travel restrictions and that it is not a “Muslim ban” based on religious discrimination, as critics have said.

But the challengers, led by the state of Hawaii, said that the order exceeded Trump’s authority and violated the Constitution and that its citizens and educational institutions have suffered because of the ban. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

ARREST MADE IN THE DEATH OF XXXTENTACION!

An arrest has been made in the shooting death of up-and-coming rapper XXXTentacion.

On Wednesday, cops took Dedrick D. Williams into custody in connection to the rapper’s death, the New York Daily News confirmed.

The 22-year-old faces charges of first-degree murder, driving without a valid license and a probation violation for theft of a car.

Police believe the murder was a robbery-gone-wrong, since the two men made off with a Louis Vuitton bag. Onfroy’s lawyer also said his client had withdrawn a large sum before visiting the dealership, possibly to purchase a motorcyle.

It’s unclear if cops are still looking for a second suspect. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not return DailyMail.com’s requests for comment Thursday morning.

A parade of mourners on Tuesday visited the spot outside the Riva Motorsports where the rapper was gunnned down.

They placed candles, flowers and teddy bears on the sidewalk near the spot. They decorated 100 yards of sidewalk with chalk art including messages of sympathy and loss such as ‘Feel for you XXX’ and ‘4evr Young’.

Myles O’Hara, 17, and Aaron Gavin, 20, sat on the curb, solemnly staring at the ground, mostly ignoring the people who moved past. They said they admired XXXTentacion because he was a local kid who rose from rough circumstances and was making a positive contribution.

‘He had some legal allegations before, but the last year he had only been a positive influence on people’s lives, making hit Billboard songs,’ O’Hara said. ‘He has been a kind person. You could look at his face and smile and he was just a normal kid like us … His style is almost hard to explain. He had an angry tone. He meant everything he said, even the most simplistic words. It just came off his tongue like nothing. He was speaking his mind.’

Gavin said unlike other rappers whose songs emphasize buying expensive merchandise, XXXTentacion rapped about his emotions.

‘X talked about how he felt instead of materialistic things like owning this car, this car, this house, this house,’ Gavin said.

RAPPER SHOT AND KILLED ACCORDING TO PUBLISHED REPORTS!

The controversial young Florida rap star XXXTentacion is dead. Earlier today, an unidentified assailant shot him while he was shopping for motorcycles in Miami. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the Broward Co. Sheriff’s Department, according to TMZ. XXXTentacion was 20.

XXXTentacion was born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy in the Miami suburb of Plantation. He spent his childhood in youth programs and living with his grandmother. In an attempt to protect his mother, he tried to stab a man when he was six years old, and he was later expelled from middle school for fighting. He dropped out of high school in 10th grade.

As a child, XXXTentacion was drawn to both rap and to nü-metal. He taught himself to play guitar and piano. While serving time in a juvenile detention center on a gun possession charge, he met fellow young Florida rapper Ski Mask The Slump God, and they began to rap together, forming the groups Very Rare and Members Only. He began posting music on SoundCloud in 2014.

XXXTentacion posted his song “Look At Me” on New Year’s Eve 2015. The song, a frantic lo-fi rap bromide, grew organically online, and it really took off early in 2017, after XXXTentacion accused Drake of stealing his “Look At Me” flow on the More Life track “KMT.” The song gained much of its popularity when XXXTentacion was in jail, awaiting bail on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend.

XXXTentacion released two albums, last year’s 17 and this year’s ?. They’re both short, angry, jagged records, and they combine lo-fi rap with metal, emo, neo-soul, and indie rock. XXXTentacion rapped about mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation. That frankness, combined with some version of outlaw appeal, probably contributed to XXXTentacion’s huge and cultlike fanbase. ?debuted at #1, while 17 debuted at #2.

But whatever the merits of XXXTentacion’s music, his public image will always be tied up with violence and misogyny. Last year, Pitchfork posted a truly harrowing account of the domestic violence charges against XXXTentacion. His live shows were notoriously violent, and some of that violence was directed at him.

Last month, Spotify removed XXXTentacion’s music from its promoted playlists, then reversed its position after a backlash. XXXTentacion was still facing charges, and possible decades in prison, from those alleged assaults, as well as witness-tampering charges, at the time of his death. Recently, he was placed under house arrest, though he was let out to tour. His tremendous popularity raised all sorts of concerns, and his death resolves none of them. His legacy will always be a complicated, tangled thing.