Please keep in mind that this blog often has comments and statements directly from the women on death row. Statements of grief, statements of innocence, statements of regret and sorrow. If bearing audience to these women's feelings, my opinions or those of commenters offends you please do not read on.
Gaile Owens, on death row in my home state of Tennessee (along with one other women, Christa Pike) was denied her appeal yesterday.
Gail is convicted of accessory after the fact by hiring a man to kill her husband in 1985. Ronald Owens was beaten to death with a tire iron in the couples home just outside Memphis. She has been in prison since 1986 and was the first woman sentenced to death under Tennessee's 1977 death penalty law.
Her request for an appeal was heard by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati which ruled 2-1 to deny Gaile K. Owens' appeal.
I do not have contact with Gail. I am, however, very concerned that her appeal was denied. She asked to be able to plead guilty back in '85 but was denied this right. Why?
There was also evidence that was suppressed by the prosecution. There is absolute fact that this happened so why was her appeal denied? Why?