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Killer of 3 to be first execution of 2003 - Texas inmate remorseful, wrote a poem for the jury...
Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2003 | Associated Press Staff

Posted on 01/14/2003 2:37:40 PM PST by MeekOneGOP


Killer of 3 to be first execution of 2003

01/14/2003

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Death row inmate Samuel Gallamore says the bloody 1992 slayings of a partially paralyzed woman, her husband and their daughter didn't have to happen.

"Things went wrong, terribly wrong," Gallamore said last week from death row. "I am sorry. I have no problem giving my life in payment, but I only have one life and I take responsibility for all three."

Gallamore, scheduled to be executed Tuesday night, would be Texas' first execution of the new year. Six others also are set to die in January.

Samuel Gallamore Samuel Gallamore AP

Last year, Texas executed 33 people. Gallamore would become the 290th person executed since Texas reinstated the death penalty in 1982. His appeals attorney filed a request for a stay of execution with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

Gallamore said his friend James John Steiner directed him on March 29, 1992, to the rural Kerr County home where the pair planned a robbery for drug money. Julianna Kenney and her husband, Verle Clayton Kenney, lived there with their daugher, Adrienne Arnot.

"I was under the impression that people weren't supposed to be there," Gallamore said. "They were. One thing led to another. Everything happened so fast. I had a split second to react. I don't know why I made the decision that I did, but those people had a chance to live. No one had to die. I could have left."

Gallamore and Steiner, who had cared for Julianna Kenney in her home, brutally beat Kenney's husband and their daughter. Arnot was struck 12 times in the head and face and suffered 14 blows to her upper body, back and right thigh. Her father was hit six times in the head with a tire iron and a cedar stick.

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Gallamore then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Arnot and her father.

"(Mrs. Kenney) literally kind-of had to watch everything that was happening to her husband and her daughter but could not move," Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said Monday.

Gallamore said he killed Julianna Kenney. She was found with her throat slit and skull bashed with so much force that a gaping hole measuring seven inches by two inches wide was left in her head.

Hierholzer said a maid who arrived at the family's home discovered the gruesome scene.

"You walk into any crime scene that is as brutal and gory as that one was and it definitely changes you," Hierholzer said. "It is the type of crime (you) never forget. It was just so senseless. It is so hard to understand. (Mrs. Kenney) couldn't even defend herself if she wanted to."

It took 18 months for police to track down Gallamore and Steiner. Gallamore had moved to Chicago, where he was working as a home repairman.

"After the crime happened I wasn't running from it," Gallamore said. "I wasn't going to turn myself in, but if I got caught, I got caught. It wasn't something I was proud of."

Heirholzer said had it not been for the bloody cedar stick found with a partial fingerprint from Gallamore in the brush outside the Kenneys' home, police officers might not have ever suspected the young man who had previously been in trouble for marijuana possession, resisting arrest and misdemeanor assault.

"We had handled him for some minor offenses, but nothing anywhere like this crime," said Heirholzer, who was the case's lead investigator back in 1992. "It was a nightmare. It was one of the worst crimes we have ever had around here."

Gallamore's defense attorney, Steven Pickell, did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press Monday.

Kerr County prosecutor Ronald Sutton said Gallamore confessed to the crime shortly after his arrest.

Jurors heard a poem Gallamore wrote from his jail cell during his trial in which he described the begging and pleading of "the people I sat and watched bleed. I say I am guilty and that is true. Now I ask mercy from all twelve of you."

Gallmore was sentenced to death on Feb. 3, 1994. Steiner received a life sentence.

"My life is worthless since I've done this," said Gallamore, who says he began using marijuana when he was 5, dropped out of school as a teenager and often fought to protect his older brother who was in a gang.

"When it comes to having a life, you can pretty much say mine was a failure," he said. "I was just a mixed-up, confused kid. A lot of it had to do with the drugs. ... If it wasn't for me shooting the bathtub crank we were making, I wouldn't be (on death row.)"

Gallamore said he and Steiner had been on a two-week drug binge the night of the killings and both were high on methamphetamines.

"If I could, I would take it back, not just to save my own life, but to save everybody," Gallamore said. "I have got people I don't even know who are crying because of me, because they feel for me or they feel for the victims. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think this would cause so much pain to so many people."


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/011403dntexexecute.20335979.html


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Don't get me wrong, this guy committed a horrible, heinous murder of three people, as you can read in the article. But...

This is quite a change from the usual 'I didn't do it, they have the wrong guy' story...

"Things went wrong, terribly wrong," Gallamore said last week from death row. "I am sorry. I have no problem giving my life in payment, but I only have one life and I take responsibility for all three."

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Jurors heard a poem Gallamore wrote from his jail cell during his trial in which he described the begging and pleading of "the people I sat and watched bleed. I say I am guilty and that is true. Now I ask mercy from all twelve of you."

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"My life is worthless since I've done this," said Gallamore, who says he began using marijuana when he was 5, dropped out of school as a teenager and often fought to protect his older brother who was in a gang.

"When it comes to having a life, you can pretty much say mine was a failure," he said. "I was just a mixed-up, confused kid. A lot of it had to do with the drugs. ... If it wasn't for me shooting the bathtub crank we were making, I wouldn't be (on death row.)"

Gallamore said he and Steiner had been on a two-week drug binge the night of the killings and both were high on methamphetamines.

"If I could, I would take it back, not just to save my own life, but to save everybody," Gallamore said. "I have got people I don't even know who are crying because of me, because they feel for me or they feel for the victims. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think this would cause so much pain to so many people."

Texas Department of Criminal Justice



1 posted on 01/14/2003 2:37:40 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
"I am sorry. I have no problem giving my life in payment, I just wish I had done the crime in Illinois instead of Texas."
2 posted on 01/14/2003 2:39:19 PM PST by Enterprise
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3 posted on 01/14/2003 2:41:25 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: MeeknMing
Dead man talking.
4 posted on 01/14/2003 2:43:27 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: MeeknMing
I really don't care what this animal thinks or feels. I just want him dead, that's all.
5 posted on 01/14/2003 2:45:22 PM PST by RoughDobermann
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To: MeeknMing
If his remorse is true, it may help him in the long run.
6 posted on 01/14/2003 2:48:08 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: MeeknMing
He made a stupid violent and disgusting "mistake" and now he must pay. As my late father used to say, "If you dance, you gotta pay the fiddler."

God have mercy on his soul.
7 posted on 01/14/2003 2:48:15 PM PST by Humidston (CONTRIBUTE TO FR - NOW! WE NEED MONEY!)
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To: Enterprise
The Illinois governor just set out a welcome mat for murdering criminals.

Every time Texas "rehabilitates" a capital felon, we set out a welcome mat to everyone else.
8 posted on 01/14/2003 2:50:20 PM PST by anymouse
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To: MeeknMing
I say I am guilty, and that is true. Now I ask mercy from all twelve of you.

Let's be thankful for jurors, from out in the West,
Out of all of America, their verdicts are best;
Nowhere else in staid courtrooms can you get such a bang
Out of listening to bad poets, then to sentence them to hang.

[Yeah, I know they use lethal injection in Texas now. It's figurative.]

-archy-/-

9 posted on 01/14/2003 2:50:33 PM PST by archy
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To: MeeknMing
Remember Karla Tucker?
10 posted on 01/14/2003 2:50:55 PM PST by ken5050
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To: Beelzebubba
If his remorse is true, it may help him in the long run. ~ Beelzebubba Woody.
11 posted on 01/14/2003 2:53:06 PM PST by CCWoody
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To: Beelzebubba
"...If his remorse is true, it may help him in the long run..."

Execute him, quick and clean, without all of the subtle little 'good-byes' that are possible, the comments, the clumsy handling of the needle, etc.

Then dump him in a Potter's Field.

God will sort the rest of it out.

12 posted on 01/14/2003 3:08:23 PM PST by DWSUWF
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To: MeeknMing
If it wasn't for me shooting the bathtub crank we were making, I wouldn't be (on death row.)"

Somehow, 'the drugs made me do it' doesn't strike me as a particularly strong move to accept responsibility for his actions. IF only he hadn't started using marijuana, IF only he hadn't dropped out of school, IF only he hadn't been involved in a gang, IF only he hadn't been shooting crank. That ends up being a whole lot of "if only's" that appear to be some sort of crutch or excuse for his actions.

13 posted on 01/14/2003 3:35:43 PM PST by Slainte
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To: MeeknMing
"(Mrs. Kenney) literally kind-of had to watch everything that was happening to her husband and her daughter but could not move,"

I have no sympathy for this guy whatsoever.

14 posted on 01/14/2003 3:40:44 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: MeeknMing
He's lucky I don't get to pick the method of execution.

His 'remorse' came at a very convenient time, for him.

My sympathy is reserved for the victims. The dead and their families.

15 posted on 01/14/2003 3:46:44 PM PST by LibKill
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To: archy
I was gonna vote to let the guy go, since he sounds so remorsful. But he is such a bad poet I say we kill him. You should be careful your life never hangs on your poety skills...(just kidding)
16 posted on 01/14/2003 4:00:56 PM PST by ibbryn
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To: MeeknMing
He understands the price tag, and he's willing to pay it. That man showed more character than Bill Clinton ever did.

Perhaps God will be merciful to him.
17 posted on 01/14/2003 4:03:37 PM PST by Poohbah (USMC, 1983-1991)
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To: Humidston
Amen !

I think some of the folks on this thread (not meaning you) are takin' me wrong. He deserves and got the death penalty and his moment of truth is (looks at watch)...right about now. My only point, as I clearly stated, is that he is assuming responsibility for his terrible crime instead of trying to weasel out and say he didn't do it or blame someone else...

18 posted on 01/14/2003 4:08:20 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Just for grins: http://muffin.eggheads.org/images/funny/dogsmile.jpg)
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To: ibbryn; spatzie
You should be careful your life never hangs on your poetry skills...(just kidding)

As a poetaster, my skills approximately equal those of the literary depths I explored as a newspaper writer and columnist. But since I had previously used my first two initials for my photo cutlines, I continued that practice with my byline, and there were those uncertain as to whether some of my pieces were written by a male or female. That uncertainty was not helped when someone, and I strongly suspect a certain co-worker, submitted some of my poetry to a state contest, and I was notified that I was under consideration to be named as one of the state's emerging female poets....

My editor's thoughts about having me pick up my award in drag were dashed when I told him how much I'd have to spend on a really classy evening gown, to be placed on my expense account. But I have had some of my better efforts published in serious anthologies, and the torchlit mobs of those defending the English language from such depredations haven't caught up with me yet.

19 posted on 01/14/2003 4:14:27 PM PST by archy
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To: archy
http://www.mrhatshellhole.com/lyrics/xmas6.htm

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Performed By Satan, The Dark Prince


Satan: Well I tell you what,
Maybe we'll have ourselves a little Christmas, right here.
C'mon everyone, gather `round!

String up the lights and light up the tree
We're going to make some revelry
Spirits are high, so I can tell
It's Christmas time in hell!

Demons are nicer as you pass them by
There's lots of demon toys to buy
The snow is falling and all is well
It's Christmas time in hell!

There goes Jeffery Dahmer,
With a festive Christmas ham
After he has sex with it,
He'll eat up all he can.

Click here for the rest of this...

20 posted on 01/14/2003 4:15:13 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Just for grins: http://muffin.eggheads.org/images/funny/dogsmile.jpg)
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