Tamika Collins, 18
Summary of Offense:
Sentenced to death for the his participation in the 1994 murder of three employees of a fast-food restaurant were herded into a walk-in cooler and shot to death. A fourth worker, wounded and left for dead, crawled to a phone and called police.
The state's evidence showed the following. At approximately 12:00 a.m. on April 16, 1994, four employees of Popeye's restaurant in Gadsden were closing the restaurant. The restaurant had closed to the public at 11:00 p.m. One of the employees, 17-year-old Bryant Archer, testified that he was helping his coworker, 17-year-old James Nathaniel Baker, take out the trash. Archer testified that the back door to the restaurant was locked, and that another coworker, 23-year-old Darryl Collier, unlocked the door for them. When they opened the door, a black male and a Hispanic male entered and ordered Archer, Baker, Collier, and 18-year-old Tamika Collins, another employee at the restaurant, into the restaurant's office. The two men ordered the employees, at gunpoint, to remove the money from the restaurant's safe. They complied, and were then ordered by the black male to get inside the restaurant's freezer. Shortly after they were locked inside the freezer, the black male opened the freezer door and began shooting. Baker, Collier, and Collins all suffered close-range gunshot wounds to the head, and were dead when paramedics arrived at the scene. Although Archer suffered four gunshot wounds, he survived and was able to crawl from the freezer to the restaurant's office and telephone 911 for help.
Accomplice Cuhuatemoc "Half Pint" Peraita, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Peraita is now on death row for killing an inmate at Holman Prison in Atmore. For more on Peraita, see: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...hlight=peraita