On this date, June 16, 2011, an Aryan Brotherhood & Prison Killer, Lee Andrew Taylor was executed by lethal injection in Texas. He was convicted of the April 1, 1999 murder of his African American cellmate, Donta Green. Before the prison killing, he had already caused the death of an elderly man in a robbery on November 17, 1995. He is an example of a white man killing an African American, where we can debunk the myth that only killers of white victims get executed. I got the information about him from clarkprosecutor.org
Lee Andrew Taylor
Summary: At 16, Taylor was convicted of a 1995 aggravated robbery that resulted in the death of an elderly man. While serving a life sentence at the Telford State Prison in New Boston, Taylor became a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Another inmate, Daniel Richbourg, had property stolen from his cell and it was suspected that inmate Donta Greene participated in the theft. Taylor and Richbourg made plans to seek revenge. The next morning, the inmates were released from their cells to go to breakfast. Taylor walked just past Greene, then turned and struck Greene with his fist. Taylor then grabbed Greene around the head, held him in a headlock, and repeatedly stabbed him in the chest with a rod-like shank, a prison-made stabbing device that resembled an ice pick. Afterwards, Taylor shouted at Greene, “That’s what you get for stealing." During the stabbing, Richbourg brandished his own shank, to chase away other inmates attempting to help Greene, who was unarmed. After the stabbing, Taylor was euphoric and repeatedly bragged that he must have stabbed Greene twenty-five to thirty times. He later claimed self defense. Accomplice Richbourg was serving a 12-year sentence for Burglary. He was also convicted in the murder of Greene and was sentenced to 48-years imprisonment.
Taylor v. Thaler,397 Fed.Appx. 104 (5th Cir. 2010). (Habeas)
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"There are 300 people on death row, and not every one of them is a monster. The state of Texas is carrying out a very inhuman and unjust situation. It's not right to kill anybody, not the way I did it, or the way it's being done to me. Everyone changes, right? Life is about experience, and people change." The condemned man then looked to the victim's family. "For all you people," I defended myself when I killed your family member. Prison is a bad place. I didn't set out to kill him. But he would not have been in prison if he was a saint. I hope y'all understand that. I hope you don’t find satisfaction in this, watching a human being die.” While Taylor continued talking to the victim's family, the lethal injection was started. As the drug was taking effect, he said, "I'm ready to teleport".
Lee Andrew Taylor
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Executed Offenders (Taylor)
Taylor, Lee Andrew
Date of Birth: 01/08/1979
Date Received: 02/22/2000
Education: 9 years
Occupation: stocker, laborer
Date of Offense: 04/01/1999
County of Offense: Bowie
Native County: Galveston
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5' 09"
Prior Prison Record: #765153 on 10/29/96, Life sentence for 1 count Aggravated Robbery.
Summary of incident: On 04/01/99, during the daytime, at TDCJ-ID Telford Unit dayroom, Taylor fatally stabbed an adult black male offender multiple times with an 8" home-made weapon. Taylor and one co-defendant had engaged in a fight with the victim due to racial tension between Taylor and the victim. Taylor was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (a recognized security threat group).
Co-Defendants: Richbourg, Daniel.
Media Advisory: Lee Taylor scheduled for execution
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott offers the following information about Lee Andrew Taylor, who is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011. Taylor, a prison inmate who was serving a life sentence for aggravated robbery that resulted in the death of an elderly man, was convicted and sentenced to death in a Bowie County state district court for the murder of another prison inmate, Donta Greene.
FACTS OF THE CRIME
During the evening hours of March 31, 1999, in the Barry Telford state prison in New Boston, property was stolen from the cell of inmate Daniel Richbourg. Inmate Donta Greene participated in the theft and took some of Richbourg’s property. During the night of March 31, 1999, Taylor and Richbourg made plans to seek revenge for the theft.
The next morning, in the early morning hours of April 1, 1999, the inmates were released from their cells to go to breakfast. When Taylor was released from his cell, he walked just past Greene, then turned and struck Greene with his fist. Taylor then grabbed Greene around the head, held him in a headlock, and repeatedly stabbed him in the chest with a rod-like shank—a prison-made stabbing device that resembled an ice pick. Afterwards, Taylor shouted at Greene, “That’s what you get for stealing....”
During the stabbing, Richbourg brandished his own shank—a plexiglass blade-like weapon—to chase away other inmates attempting to help Greene so Taylor could complete the murder. At no time did Greene himself ever have a weapon. After the stabbing, Taylor was euphoric and repeatedly bragged that he must have stabbed Greene twenty-five to thirty times. Taylor inflicted thirteen actual stab wounds and numerous scratches on Greene’s body. Several of the puncture wounds were fatal.
On November 4, 1999, Taylor was indicted by a Bowie County grand jury for capital murder in the death of Donta Greene. On Feb. 18, 2000, a jury found Taylor guilty of the capital murder and the court sentenced Taylor to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Taylor’s conviction and sentence on December 11, 2002.
Taylor filed a state application for writ of habeas corpus in the trial court on November 30, 2001. The trial court entered findings of fact and conclusions of law recommending that Taylor be denied relief. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals adopted the trial court’s findings and conclusions and denied Taylor habeas relief on March 31, 2004.
Taylor filed a federal habeas petition in a U.S. district court on March 30, 2005. The court then issued a stay so that Taylor could exhaust a mental-retardation claim in state court. On July 11, 2008, Taylor’s attorney informed the court that a doctor determined Taylor was not mentally retarded. On July 28, 2008, the court lifted the stay. On August 31, 2009, the court denied Taylor federal habeas relief. Taylor appealed this decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Fifth Circuit court affirmed the federal district court’s decision on October 7, 2010. Taylor filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court on January 5, 2011. The Supreme Court denied the petition on April 18, 2011.
EVIDENCE OF FUTURE DANGEROUSNESS
Taylor was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to life imprisonment for a Nov. 17, 1995, incident in which a grandfather and his wife were beaten at their home. The grand father died a short time later in a hospital.
Lee Andrew Taylor, 32, was executed by lethal injection on 16 June 2011 in Huntsville, Texas for the murder of a fellow prison inmate.
In November 1995, Taylor, then 16, beat an elderly man and woman during a robbery of their home. The man, 79-year-old John Hampton, subsequently died in the hospital. Taylor was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to life in prison.
On 31 March 1999, in the Telford state prison in Bowie County, some property was stolen from the cell of inmate Daniel Richbourg, 29. Inmate Donta Greene participated in the theft. On 1 April, as some inmates were leaving their cells to go to breakfast, Taylor, then 20, walked past Greene, then turned around and struck him with his fist. Taylor then grabbed Greene and held him in a headlock, then stabbed him in the chest thirteen times with an 8" home-made weapon. Meanwhile, Richbourg brandished his own blade made from plexiglass to keep other inmates from coming to Greene's aid. Greene was unarmed. After the stabbing, Taylor shouted, "That's what you get for stealing ..."
The prosecution asserted that, in addition to the theft incident, Greene's killing was the product of racial tension. Taylor was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, while Greene was black.
A jury convicted Taylor of capital murder in February 2000 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence in December 2002. All of his subsequent appeals in state and federal court were denied.
At the time of the killing, Daniel Joseph Richbourg Jr. was serving a 12-year sentence for burglary of a building. He was convicted of murder in Greene's case and was given a 48-year sentence. If he serves his term to completion, he will be 80 when he is discharged.
On a web site operated by opponents of the death penalty, Taylor admitted killing Greene, but stated that the killing was done in self-defense. "... on April 1st 1999 I fought off 8 black men with a shank," he wrote. "Defending myself against 8 men older and stronger, fighting for my life against a premeditated attack, I defended myself ... the result - I killed one of them."
Taylor began his last statement at his execution by protesting the Texas death penalty. "There are 300 people on death row, and not every one of them is a monster," he said. "The state of Texas is carrying out a very inhuman and unjust situation. It's not right to kill anybody, not the way I did it, or the way it's being done to me. Everyone changes, right? Life is about experience, and people change."
The condemned man then looked to the victim's family. "For all you people," he said, "I defended myself when I killed your family member. Prison is a bad place. I didn't set out to kill him. But he would not have been in prison if he was a saint. I hope y'all understand that." While Taylor continued talking to the victim's family, the lethal injection was started. As the drug was taking effect, he said, "I'm ready to teleport". He was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m.
While serving a life sentence for aggravated robbery, Lee Andrew Taylor, a member of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood gang, stabbed another inmate to death in a racial fight.
On November 17, 1995, at the age of 16, Taylor robbed and brutally beat an elderly couple in their home in Channelview, Texas, near Houston. John and Mildred Hampton, both 79 years old, were savagely beaten during the robbery. Taylor used the money he got from robbing the couple to rent a motel room and throw a party. John Hampton was in a coma for most of the two months after the beating before finally succumbing to his injuries on January 13, 1996. Mildred had to have massive reconstructive surgeries to repair her broken jaw and other damage to her face. At the February 20, 1996 hearing held to determine whether to certify Taylor as an adult in this crime, John K. Hampton, the grandson of John and Mildred Hampton, testified. He said that he had traveled from Plano with his wife, half-brother and two young children to visit his grandparents in Houston on the day of the crime.
The next morning around 10:00 am they went to the home where his grandparents had lived for 10 years and knocked on the door. After not receiving an answer, he checked the garage to see if the couple's car was there. Mildred frequently left the garage door slightly elevated so their cats could enter and exit. After around ten minutes, Mildred made it to the door and opened it, revealing her battered face to her family. "Her head was about twice the size and her eyes were swollen shut. There was blood on her hands and all over her blouse." John K. Hampton sent his family back to their car and asked a neighbor to call 911, then went inside. His grandfather was lying on his side in a pool of blood and Mildred was in a state of shock, but was lucid enough to warn her grandson not to touch the phone because the attacker had touched it and there might be fingerprints. In any case, the phones were not working because the cords had been ripped from the wall. Jewelry boxes were emptied and John Hampton's wallet containing about $40 was stolen. After police questioned neighbors, they learned that someone named Lee had stayed at a nearby motel and had gone to a hospital after being involved in a fight during his party. Police obtained Taylor's full name at the hospital and matched it to the motel records. After they questioned Taylor, he confessed and showed them where he had thrown away John Hampton's wallet. Taylor was charged with capital murder and was to be tried as an adult. He subsequently accepted a plea bargain and was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to a term of life imprisonment.
While he was serving that sentence, Taylor came into possession of a “shank” — a prison-made stabbing implement — which he used against Donta Green during the morning of March 31, 1999. Taylor stabbed Green 13 times and inflicted numerous other scratch wounds; Green later died as a result. Taylor was indicted for capital murder for intentionally or knowingly causing the death of an individual while serving a sentence of life imprisonment for aggravated robbery.
Following a jury trial, Taylor was convicted and sentenced to death. David Richbourg, a second prisoner who was convicted of the attack on Green received a 48-year sentence. Evidence showed that Richbourg used a sharpened piece of plastic glass to stab Green and then brandished his weapon to keep other inmates at bay while Taylor was making his attack. Medical evidence showed that Taylor's weapon was responsible for the fatal wounds.