In this photo released of Benjamin Vaughn, lower right, with his great uncle Clarence Ray Allen, lower left, and Allen’s son Roger Allen, upper left, and his wife, Dell Ray Allen, upper right, inside San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif., Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, before the execution of Allen. Allen, 76, was sentenced to death for ordering the slaying of three people at a Fresno, Calif., market while he was behind bars in 1980 for another murder.
ASSociated Press: California Executes Oldest Inmate
California executed its oldest death row inmate early Tuesday, minutes after his 76th birthday, despite arguments that putting to death an elderly, blind and wheelchair-bound man was cruel and unusual punishment.
Clarence Ray Allen was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. at San Quentin State Prison. He became the second-oldest inmate put to death nationally since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.
Allen, who was blind and mostly deaf, suffered from diabetes and had a nearly fatal heart attack in September only to be revived and returned to death row, was assisted into the death chamber by four large correctional officers and lifted out of his wheelchair.
Death penalty opponent Linda Avalos gives the peace sign as she holds a sign in front of San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif., Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, before the scheduled execution of Clarence Ray Allen early Tuesday. Allen, 76, was found guilty of ordering the slaying of three people at a Fresno, Calif., market while was behind bars in 1980 for another murder.
FINALLY justice for his victims:
Mary Sue Kitts
The family of one of Allen’s victims, Josephine Rocha, issued a statement saying that “justice has prevailed today.”
“Mr. Allen abused the justice system with endless appeals until he lived longer in prison than the short 17 years of Josephine’s life,” the statement said.
And the final quote from the scum, Clarence Ray Allen, “It’s a good day to die. Thank you very much. I love you all. Goodbye.”
Justice in this case was justice delayed but not JUSTICE DENIED.
A death penalty opponent holds a sign accusing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of murder after the execution of convicted murderer Clarence Ray Allen at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California January 17, 2006. Allen, 76, who was deaf, legally blind and had difficulty walking, was pronounced dead at 12:38AM on Tuesday. Allen was convicted for ordering the murders of three people in 1980.