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megimoo
11-22-2008, 07:05 PM
Peninsula murderer set for lethal injection on Dec. 3

The execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown last week in Walla Walla. Darold Ray Stenson, who was convicted in Clallam County in 1994 of the 1993 murders of his wife, Denise, and business partner, Frank Hoerner, near Sequim, is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 3 -- Washington's first execution since 2001. -

WALLA WALLA -- A sturdy metal gurney, topped by a thin foam mattress and backboard, dominates the small chamber that awaits Darold Ray Stenson for his Dec. 3 execution at the Washington state Penitentiary.

Stenson, 55, was convicted of aggravated murder for the 1993 shooting deaths of his wife and a business partner while his three young children slept nearby in his Clallam County farmhouse.Eight men sit on Washington's death row, but Stenson would be the first inmate put to death since 2001 if none of his pending appeals is granted.

A federal appeals court lifted a stay last month, and prison officials are preparing for the execution to go forward as scheduled. Several walk throughs have already been conducted, with another still to come next week. The prison also opened the execution chamber to a media tour Thursday as part of the preparations.

In describing Stenson's mood, prison spokeswoman Joni Aiyeku said he doesn't seem to believe it's actually going to happen. The closest Stenson came to being executed previously was in 1998, when a judge granted a stay six weeks before the scheduled date.Stenson was to have chosen his method of execution -- lethal injection or hanging -- by Wednesday. But "his choice was to make no choice," Aiyeku said.

Washington executes inmates by lethal injection when they show no preference.Since 1904, 77 men have been executed in Washington, the last being James Elledge in August 2001. No woman has ever been sentenced to death in the state.

Final day

On his final day, prison officials will transfer Stenson to a tidied holding cell above the execution chamber, where his only visitors will be his attorneys and a member of the clergy. Two guards will sit outside the cell.

No more than 30 minutes before the scheduled 12:01 a.m. execution, guards will escort the inmate down a brightly lit stairwell, through the dim, empty witness gallery and into the execution chamber. They then will secure him to the gurney, built specifically by the prison for this purpose, with black and gold General Motors seat belts that allow for quick release if needed.

A closed door behind him protects the identity of those mixing the deadly drugs that will be passed through a tiny door in the wall before being injected into Stenson's arm.Whether Stenson will resist the execution remains to be seen. He has long claimed he didn't commit the murders and is one of just two inmates in recent years to continue to appeal his death sentence.

When Stenson called authorities in 1993 to report the deaths, he suggested that his business partner, Frank Hoerner, had killed Denise Stenson and then shot himself in another room.


No family visitors

Prosecutors have said Stenson, struggling financially and in dire business straits, shot the two in order to collect $400,000 in life insurance.Family members last visited him in 1999."We don't have any indication at this point that he's going to be resistant," said Belinda Stewart, communications director for the state Department of Corrections.


http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20081122/NEWS/311229996

Living in La
11-22-2008, 08:08 PM
I will be surprised if the state of Washington goes forward with this. I have little faith in a state where someone like Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, murders 50+ young women and can still get a plea bargain of a life sentence (I will never forget watching him plead guilty to those counts on television and never even flinch or shed a single tear).

megimoo
11-22-2008, 08:27 PM
I will be surprised if the state of Washington goes forward with this. I have little faith in a state where someone like Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, murders 50+ young women and can still get a plea bargain of a life sentence (I will never forget watching him plead guilty to those counts on television and never even flinch or shed a single tear).Was he the one the judge sentanced to that 'bikers prison ' in Canada ?

BSR
11-22-2008, 09:07 PM
I will be surprised if the state of Washington goes forward with this. I have little faith in a state where someone like Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, murders 50+ young women and can still get a plea bargain of a life sentence (I will never forget watching him plead guilty to those counts on television and never even flinch or shed a single tear).



No, dont be worried. He killed many women in many different counties. He only plea bargained in King County. Pierce County is going for the death penalty once they link him to murders there.

Living in La
11-22-2008, 10:44 PM
No, dont be worried. He killed many women in many different counties. He only plea bargained in King County. Pierce County is going for the death penalty once they link him to murders there.


I know he was suspected in murders in northern Oregon. I have seen alot of weird characters but Gary Ridgway really scared me. He was too "normal" but had no emotion.