Execution Date Set for Arizona Killer More Than 25 Years After Being Convicted of Murdering 13-Year-Old Girl

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Arizona Department of Corrections
Donald Edward Beaty
An execution date finally has been set for an Arizona killer convicted of murdering a 13-year-old girl as she collected money for her paper route at a Tempe apartment complex in 1984.

After nearly 26 years on Death Row -- on the taxpayer dime -- 56-year-old Donald Edward Beaty will be put to death on May 25 at the state prison in Florence for the murder and rape of 13-year-old Christy Ann Fornoff.

On May 9, 1984, Fornoff, a newspaper carrier, was collecting money along her paper route at the Rockpoint Apartments in Tempe.

Beaty, a custodian at the apartment complex, abducted the young girl, raped her, and then suffocated her. He kept her dead body in his apartment for two days before leaving it behind a dumpster at the complex.

On July 20, 1985 -- again, more than 25 years ago -- Beaty was sentenced to death and placed on Death Row, which is where he's remained for more than two decades.

As has been the case with several other executions in Arizona recently, Beaty's attorneys are arguing that his execution should be stayed because of lingering questions over how one of three drugs used during the execution was obtained.

The drug in question: sodium thiopental, a sedative used to knock out the inmate before he's hit with a lethal dose of potassium chloride.

The supply of the drug has dwindled recently because its domestic manufacturer stopped producing it. For other recent executions, the state told the court it acquired the drug from an unnamed British company that wished to remain anonymous because it feared a backlash from anti-death-penalty groups.

The problem, opponents of the death penalty have argued, is that the drug's safety can't be guaranteed because it hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the inmate may suffer some pain before dying -- a pretty weak argument, considering the drug's purpose is to act as one component of a cocktail of drugs that is designed to kill someone.

Not to mention, we're willing to bet Beaty wasn't too concerned with how much pain Christie Fornoff felt as he raped and strangled her to death.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of another Arizona Death Row inmate who'd made the same arguments as Beaty about the safety of the drug.

Daniel Wayne Cook's execution was stayed, but not because of the potential safety risks of the drug, rather, because his attorneys claim he suffers from post-traumatic-stress disorder and brain damage that wasn't diagnosed at the time of his sentencing.

The death sentence wasn't overturned, just delayed until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case.

In the case of Eric John King, another former-Death Row resident who argued that the drug wasn't safe, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his execution could go forward regardless of where the drug came from. He was executed late last month.

With no PTSD defense to fall back on, it seems Beaty finally will be put to death more than 25 years after being convicted of murder.


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Ford
Ford

When he is put to death on the 25th, it may bring a little peace to Christie's family, and all the people that were touched by her death.

Aaalatch
Aaalatch

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-...

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 "Beaty claims that he is actually innocent of the murder of Christy Ann Fornoff.   He asserts that the prosecution's lead witness at the trial, Angel Bello, killed a fourteen-year-old “girl named Tina Reed in exactly the same manner in which Christy Fornoff was killed.”   Assuming, without deciding, that Bello did in fact murder Tina Reed, mere speculation about a possible suspect is not enough to meet the standard required by § 2244(b).  Furthermore, any such suspicion is severely undercut by the physical evidence.   At trial, an investigator testified that the semen stains could be identified as coming from a type B secretor with a PGM type of 1 and a PGM subtype of 1+1-.  In contrast, Bello is a type A secretor.   Thus, Beaty cannot demonstrate that “facts underlying the claim, if proven and viewed in light of the evidence as a whole, would be sufficient to establish by clear and convincing evidence that ․ no reasonable factfinder would have found the applicant guilty of the underlying offense.”  28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(2)."

LETS FIND OUT THE TRUTH!!! What about Tina's Murder?

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Family Dog

this guy is 100% proof to never ever never ever trust a clean cut short haired male. they use that clean cut look to hide the evil that lurks deep down in their evil souls. this rapo pervert chomo convict knew the clean cut short haired trick 25 years ago in 1985.

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

What will killing this animal solve, King? Will you feel safer? Will any criminal be deterred?

helentroy4
helentroy4

This is for James King, the author of this article. I tried to find an email address for you here but was unsuccessful:

I know that you did not live in Phoenix at the time of this murder. I did. The New Times was alerted that a teenaged murderer had been shipped to Phoenix to be 'rehabilitated' because Vermont couldn't hold him anymore and so they sent Phoenix the "gift' of a murderer whose heinous acts changed the laws in his home state.

The first thing they did to rehab him was to change his name legally.

The New Times was alerted to the presence of this creep who murdered a young girl and left another one for dead. A concerned citizen who knew he was here called the New Times with the tip. The police didn't know he was here, probation didn't know he was here because he had committed the murder before he was 18. Beatty hadn't been captured yet and the concerned citizen wanted someone to know this creep was here.

A very good article was written by the New Times blowing the lid off of the subterfuge and laws here were changed as a result. The murderer's last name was Savage believe it or not before it was changed to Barber. If you are interested in the history of this case, James, you might want to dig around in the New Times' files to take a look at it. It's not in the online archive (I've looked for it).

I found a link just now to a description of the crime on a discussion board. If you are interested in learning more about the case itself, this is a decent description of what this guy did.

http://www.websleuths.com/foru...

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Kristina
Kristina

It is about time. He didn't just kill a girl that day. He killed an entire community. I don't think there was 1 person in Tempe at the time that was not touched by this. This all brings up so many memories of that horrible, horrible day. Almost 27 years later I can still remember that day as if it was yesterday. Christy touched so many people. She will finally get justice. He will have to meet his maker and beg for forgivenss. She was a great friend that I still carry in my heart each and every day.

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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

It costs so damn much to execute a condemned killer. But the money is spent already. There is not much else to spend between now and the finish line.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Kill this asshole and get him off my dime already.

PO
PO

Has anyone know anything about the death of Tina Reed?  I can find absolutely nothing about her or what happened to her on the internet.

HST
HST

everybody really hates James king and his hack writing skills. its just no one but a very few intelligent people like myself will say any thing about it. Phoenix is a dusty dirty desert town full of uneducated bottom feeder hicks.and James King fits that profile.

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