Appeals Fail and Man is Executed in Texas for Killing a Stockbroker; Attorneys Claim He Had Mental Issues
A 33-year-old man, Yokamon Hearn, has been executed in the state of Texas. Hearn was the first person in the state to ever be executed with a single lethal drug. Hearn was convicted of fatally shooting a suburban Dallas stockbroker during a car jacking and has been moved to the death chamber. His execution has drawn international attention from those who are against the death penalty, especially when the defendant has been proven to be mentally incompetent.
In 1998, Hearn received the death sentence for murdering 23-year-old Frank Meziere. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals to stop Hearn’s execution 3.5 hours before Hearn was scheduled to be executed. Strangely, none of the appeals addressed the change in Texas’ execution drug policy.
One of the appeals pushed by Hearn’s lawyer claimed that Hearn’s mental growth was stunted because his mother drank while she was pregnant with him. Former Assistant District Attorney Jason January did not believe that to be a good enough excuse to stop the execution. His claims that citing fetal alcohol syndrome as the cause of his actions “would be a free pass for anyone whose parents drank… No question he had a tough background, but a lot of people have tough backgrounds and work their way out and don’t fill someone’s head with 10 bullets.”
This week Georgia and Texas will be joining Arizona, Ohio, Washington and Idaho in the use of the single-drug procedure.
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