Dear Governor Strickland,
I urge you to commute the execution of Roderick Davie, which is scheduled for August 10th. He was illegally enticed to confess despite repeated refusals to waive his Miranda rights. The death penalty for any individual, is a violation of universal human rights, is immoral, racially biased, uncivilized and cruel. A civilized society such as the USA should value the human life. Prison could accomplish public safety, without using revenge and violence. The death penalty is unnecessary in every case. Also, no society should ever take the risk of executing an innocent individual. Fighting death with death has been proven in research to not deter, prevent or reduce violent crime or murders. Please, I urge you to stop the execution of Roderick Davie before August 10th.
Roderick Davie- Ohio death row
The Crime: John Coleman and Tracey Jefferies were killed in a June 27, 1991, attack at the VCA Warehouse on Main Avenue S.W., Warren. Coleman died from a single gunshot to the head, and Jefferys was beaten to death with a folding chair and a coffee urn.
A third man, William John Everett, was shot in the neck, arm and shoulder, but played dead and later escaped to testify against Davie. Davie had been fired from the company two months earlier.
AKA Abdul Hakiym Zakiy
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.
Youngstown Oh 44505
Scheduled Execution: August 10, 2010
Roderick Davie, also known as Abdul Hakiym Zakiy, is scheduled for lethal injection on Aug. 10 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
He was found guilty in 1992 of the murders of John Ira Coleman and Tracey Jefferys and the attempted murder of William Everett two months after being fired from the Veterinary Companies of America in June 1991.
According to documents, Davie shot Coleman and Everett multiple times and beat Jefferys to death with a folding chair.
Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins filed a motion in November to set the execution date, stating that the inmate had exhausted all of his state and federal court appeals.
Roderick was convicted of the 1991 murders of John Ira Coleman and Tracey Jefferys.
Davie’s case requires suppression because the police persisted not only after a refusal to sign, but also because they persisted even after Davie expressly invoked his right to silence by refusal to talk. In his dissent, Judge Gilbert Merritt wrote that Davie was illegally enticed to confess despite repeated refusals to waive his Miranda rights.
We deeply sympathize with the family and friends of John Ira Coleman and Tracey Jefferys, but we respectfully offer that another death will neither heal nor resolve this tragedy.
Action petitioned for: We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge Governor Strickland to commute the sentence of Roderick Davie to life without parole.
Commute the death sentence of Roderick Davie! He was illegally enticed to confess despite repeated refusals to waive his Miranda rights. The police persisted even after he invoked his right to silence by refusal to talk and refusal to sign! Protest this unjust execution and sign the petition! Raise awareness and take action!
His rights were violated by police and that is unacceptable. Regardless, the death penalty is always inhumane and cruel. No society should EVER take the risk of executing an innocent individual. It is racially biased, unjust and immoral. The government executing murderers, is pre-meditated murder in itself. Plus, the government killing does not demonstrate to society that killing is wrong. In fact, it condones it! There is absolutely nothing positive about the death penalty. All life is valuable and the DP denies the possibility and opportunity for self-improvement and rehabilitation. If you disagree with murder, you should disagree with the death penalty. It is state sanctioned murder by the government! Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Capital punishment is merely revenge.