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My Daughter Has Felony Drug Convictions Now What?

Texas Court Dumps Woman's Death Sentence

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press Writer

May 23, 2007, 1:26 PM EDT

HOUSTON -- A sharply divided appeals court on Wednesday threw out the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her newborn son.

The court upheld the woman's conviction, but it said prosecutors misstated to jurors her likelihood of being a future danger to society before deliberations began on the sentence.

Lawyers for the woman, Kenisha Berry, argued that she had no previous criminal record, and defense experts testified that she posed a low risk of being a future danger.

The 5-4 ruling from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals means Berry will serve a life term for the 1998 smothering death of 4-day-old Malachi, who was found abandoned and bound with duct tape in a trash bin.

The case went unsolved for five years until Berry was identified as the mother of a newborn girl found alive but abandoned and covered with fire ants in a ditch in 2003.

Berry, a former corr…
I got a letter from Federal Death Row Inmate Angela Johnson today. She said that she doesnt usually write to people she doesnt know but was curious about the newsletter. I cant wait for her to see a copy. I think she will really like it.
Im really curious about her case. I dont know much about it.

From an article:
Johnson, 41, is charged with 10 federal counts of aiding and abetting her boyfriend, Dustin Honken, in the 1993 execution-style slayings of two federal informants, the girlfriend of one informant and her two young daughters

From Deathpenaltyinfo.org:
Dustin Honken and Angela Johnson - Both white. On October 27, 2004 a federal jury voted to sentence Honken to death for the murder of two girls in Iowa in 1993. Honken was also given three life sentences: one for the murder of the girls' mother, and two more for the murders of two other adults who were to have testified against Honken in a federal drug case. The children, white girls age 10 and 6, were witnesses to the murder of …
Second page of Michelle Byroms letter received Yesterday along with a letter from Lisa Jo (LJ). She mentions Kristie Fulgham. I got an email through the www.womenofdeathrow.com site a few days ago from someone who knows Kristie and talks about how snotty and condescending she is. That seems to be the general consensus. But what kills me is that she is in jail. On death row. She talked her baby brother into taking the rap for her. How snotty can she be?