Donald Beaty, Kid-Killing Rapist, Wants Death Sentence Overturned

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Donald Edward Beaty
Kid-killing rapist Donald Beaty is scheduled to be put to death on May 25 at the state prison in Florence for the 1984 murder and rape of 13-year-old Christy Ann Fornoff. Let the last-minute appeals commence.

Beaty's attorneys filed a motion yesterday to have his death sentence overturned, claiming his trial lawyer never presented evidence that he was sexually abused as a child and suffers from brain damage.

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 -- 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.

In addition to the complaints about Beaty's trial lawyer, and as has been the case with several other executions in Arizona recently, Beaty's attorneys argue that his execution should at least be stayed -- if their plea to have it overturned completely fails -- 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 argue, 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 designed to kill.

Arguments about how Daniel Wayne Cook was represented at trial, which were similar to those made by Beaty's lawyers, led to a stay of the execution for Cook last month.

Cook's attorneys claim -- in addition to complaining about how the execution drug was obtained -- 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.

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bigriggs
bigriggs

Should have been taken care of long ago....

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

Agreed. Death penalties should be carried out immediately following sentencing, and they should be mandatory viewing in the state where they occur - show it on all channels live.

The death penalty is only a deterrent if it's done swiftly and everyone knows exactly what and how it is done.

Jason
Jason

The last 4 Arizona death row inmates were unsuccessful in their appeals to get their sentences overturned. Why would this fool waste his time appealing his sentence when it is fucking hopeless?

When are they gonna kill this fool?

Native Guns
Native Guns

Mr. J-King, when the time cometh that he is scheduled to die the same day. Be sure to get a report on his "final meal". The last Death Row inmate's case was stopped by the Supreme Court, delaying the matter at hand. The Black man that was put to death last month was reported. His wish for some home cooking whose flavor is known in the "dirty south" came true. Lets see what this one would get....

Mistalee
Mistalee

Sounds right.

The two predisposing factors that serial killers most often share are that they were sexually abused as children, and that they have a post-traumatic brain injury affecting their frontal lobes; often, the brain injury was incurred in conjunction with the childhood abuse.

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