Beunka Adams stay of execution lifted


POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 5:22pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:12am

We have a follow up on a story we brought you Tuesday.  There is new information about the execution of Beunka Adams.  He's the East Texas man convicted of killing Kenneth Vandever during a gas station robbery in Rusk back in 2002.  Adams was granted a stay of execution on Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider.  But Tuesday the state filed an appeal, and just hours ago, KETK learned that a U.S. Appeals Court ruled in favor of the state.  Watch the video for more on this story.

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Justice is served

I agree 100%. May all the victims and their families find a little peace. Now, they need to do the same for the other monster involved who is still waiting for the date to be set for his execution.

Excellent, well-presented story, Jessica. One comment: Beunka Adams' legal team, now that the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted District Judge Schneider's stay of execution, may file a writ (rather than an appeal) to the U.S. Supreme Court, and almost certainly will. The Supremes will likely deny the writ (because Adams has already been before the Supremes on a previous writ, which also failed, and normally successive writs are not permitted). If so, Adams is likely finished.

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