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The case[ edit ] Around midnight on August 16,following a day Daryl atkins together drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, year-old Daryl Renard Atkins born November 6, and his accomplice, William Jones, walked to a nearby convenience store where they abducted Eric Nesbitt, an airman from Daryl atkins Langley Air Force Base.
In spite of Nesbitt's pleas, the two abductors then drove him to an isolated location, where he was shot eight times, killing him.
Footage of Atkins and Jones in the vehicle with Nesbitt were captured on the ATM's CCTV camera, which was of the two men with Nesbitt in the middle and leaning across Jones to withdraw money, and further forensic evidence implicating the two were found in Nesbitt's abandoned vehicle.
The two suspects were quickly tracked down and arrested. In custody, each man claimed that the other had pulled the trigger. Atkins's version of the events, however, was found to contain a number of inconsistencies. Doubts concerning Atkins's testimony were strengthened when a cell-mate claimed that Atkins had confessed to him that he had shot Nesbitt.
A deal of life imprisonment was negotiated with Jones in return for his full testimony against Atkins. The jury decided that Jones's version of events was the more coherent and credible, and convicted Atkins of capital murder. During the penalty phase of the trial, the defense presented Atkins's school records and the results of an IQ test carried out by clinical psychologist Dr.
Evan Nelson confirmed that he had an IQ of On this basis they proposed that he was "mildly mentally retarded ".
Atkins was nevertheless sentenced to death. On appeal, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the conviction but reversed the sentence after finding that an improper sentencing verdict form had been used.
At retrial, the prosecution proved two aggravating factors under Virginia law—that Atkins posed a risk of "future dangerousness" based on a string of previous violent convictions, and that the offense was committed in a vile manner.
The state's witness, Dr. Stanton Samenowcountered the defense's arguments that Atkins was mentally retarded, by stating that Atkins's vocabulary, general knowledge and behavior suggested that he possessed at least average intelligence. As a result, Atkins's death sentence was upheld.
LynaughU. Kinser authored the five-member majority. Justices Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. Due to what it perceived to be a shift in the judgments of state legislatures as to whether the mentally retarded are appropriate candidates for execution in the thirteen years since Penry was decided, the Supreme Court agreed to review Atkins's death sentence.
The Court heard oral arguments in the case on February 20, In the ruling it was stated that, unlike other provisions of the Constitution, the Eighth Amendment should be interpreted in light of the "evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a mature society.
Accordingly, the Court had previously found that the death penalty was inappropriate for the crime of rape in Coker v. GeorgiaU. FloridaU. The Court found that the Eighth Amendment forbids the imposition of the death penalty in these cases because "most of the legislatures that have recently addressed the matter" have rejected the death penalty for these offenders, and the Court will generally defer to the judgments of those bodies.
The Court then described how a national consensus that the mentally retarded should not be executed had emerged.Jango is about making online music social, fun and simple.
Free personal radio that learns from your taste and connects you to others who like what you like. An award-winning roper, accomplished scientist, successful businessman, citrus farmer, loving family man and true/best friend, Daryl Thomas Atkins passed away at his Clovis home following a two-year battle with cancer.
The Court did hold Daryl Atkins’s case while counsel for McCarver filed the Brief of Petitioner and eight amici filed briefs in support.
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