Friday, July 18, 2008

Petition to Move Forward with Execution of Jose Medellin

[This petition was submitted to me by Melissa Pena, mother of murder victim Elizabeth Pena. - Ed.]


Attn: Lela Smith

Fax: (512) 406-5786

Phone: (512) 406-5852

Ms. Smith will send faxed petitions and e-mails to the Board for review.


On June 24, 1993, Jose Ernesto Medellin—TDCJ No. 999134—along with five fellow gang members, kidnapped, gang raped (over the course of many hours), beat, stomped and strangled Elizabeth Peña (age 16) and Jennifer Ertman (age 14). Medellin and the others then bragged about the rapes and murders of the girls to friends. Elizabeth’s and Jennifer’s bodies were left in the woods for four days in the extreme hot Texas summer before they were discovered.

Jose Medellin was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 1994. Over the past fifteen years, the death sentence given to him has been upheld by every court that was petitioned on his behalf. The Supreme Court of the United States has also affirmed his death sentence and rejected his legal claims. The attorneys for the condemned have now filed an Executive Clemency Petition to either reprieve or commute the sentence to life (which translates to forty years in prison).

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to uphold Jose Medellin’s — TDCJ No. 999134 — previous capital punishment sentence for the murders of Elizabeth Peña and Jennifer Ertman. Justice demands that he be punished to the full extent of the law for such a heinous crime.

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