East Texas Death Row Inmate Faces Execution Tonight
HOUSTON — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a reprieve given earlier this week to 29-year-old Beunka Adams.
Adams’ faces lethal injection tonight in Huntsville for a fatal shooting during a Cherokee County convenience store robbery 10 years ago.
Monday a Federal Judge in Texarkana stopped the execution after attorneys contended he had deficient legal help at his trial and in early stages of his appeals.
But the 5th Circuit agreed Wednesday with arguments from the Texas attorney general’s office that the reprieve was improper.
Adams is one of two men sent to death row for the 2002 abduction and shooting death of 37-year-old Kenneth Vandever of Rusk.
Adams still has appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution.
Fight at Tyler Junior College Leads to Arrest
TYLER – One of two Tyler Junior College students arrested for a fight on campus remains jailed on an aggravated assault charge.
Tyler Brunson, 18, of Tucker, GA is jailed on an aggravated assault charge and Alton Tanner,20, of Katy TX. was released from jail after both students were arrested Tuesday night when a fight broke out at two residence halls.
TJC officials said both students had been members of the 2011-12 men’s basketball team. They have been suspended from TJC and all college activities and organizations.
Campus safety continues their investigation and other individuals may be disciplined and other charges are possible.
Sex Offender Fails to Register in East Texas
TYLER, Texas – A 60-year-old Vermont man has been sentenced to federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Whitehouse Texas.
Raymond Leo Lemaire, Jr., pleaded guilty on Sep. 7, 2011, to failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.
According to information presented in court, Lemaire moved to Whitehouse in June 2010 after having been previously convicted in 2004 in Vermont of the felony offense of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor. Lemaire failed to register as a sex offender, as required, upon his move to Texas. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.