I've never been but I will look for it.
This isn't a high profile case. It started in the small town of Rusk, where the prison for the criminally insane is located & moved to another small town for the shootings.
Last edited by nmiller855; 04-15-2012 at 01:30 PM.
Media Advisory: Beunka Adams scheduled for execution
AUSTIN – Pursuant to an order entered by the 2nd Judicial District Court in Cherokee County, Beunka Adams is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on April 26, 2012.
In 2002, a Cherokee County jury found Adams guilty of murdering Kenneth Wayne Vandever during the course of committing a felony.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit described the murder of Mr. Vandever as follows:
FACTS OF THE CRIME
On September 2, 2002, Petitioner Beunka Adams, along with Richard Cobb, robbed a convenience store in Rusk, Texas. At the time of the robbery, Candace Driver and Nikki Dement were working in the store, and the only customer present was Kenneth Vandever. Vandever, who was described as mentally challenged, often “hung around” the store, helping clean and take out the trash. At approximately 10:00 p.m., Adams and Cobb, wearing masks, entered the store. Cobb carried a 12-gauge shotgun. Adams ordered Driver, Dement, and Vandever to the front of the store and demanded the money in the register. After the women complied, Adams demanded the keys to a Cadillac parked in front of the store. Driver, who had borrowed the car to drive to work, retrieved the keys from the back room.
Adams then ordered the three victims into the Cadillac with Adams and Cobb, and Adams drove toward Alto, Texas. During the drive, Adams removed his mask after Dement recognized him because they had gone to school together. Adams then repeatedly told the victims that they would not be hurt, and that he just needed money for his children. At some point, Adams turned off the road and drove the vehicle into a field that was described as a pea patch.
The group got out of the car, and Adams ordered Driver and Vandever into the trunk. Adams then escorted Dement away from the car and sexually assaulted her. After leading Dement back to the Cadillac, Adams released Driver and Vandever from the trunk, and he told the victims that he and Cobb were waiting for Adams’s friends to arrive. Sometime thereafter, Adams decided to let the three victims walk away. He reconsidered a few moments later, however, and Driver stated that Adams feared the victims would reach a house before he and Cobb could get away. Adams and Cobb then made the three victims kneel on the ground. He tied the women’s hands behind their backs using their shirts but left Vandever unrestrained. The victims were unable to remember who was carrying the shotgun through these events.
Adams and Cobb stood behind the victims for several minutes, and the victims could tell they were discussing something, though they were out of audible range. The women then heard a single shot. Adams asked, “Did we get anybody?” and Driver answered, “No.” They heard a second shot a few moments later, and Vandever cried out, “They shot me.” A third shot struck Dement. When Dement fell forward, Driver fell forward as well, pretending to be hit. Adams, carrying the shotgun, approached Driver and asked if she was bleeding. Driver did not answer, hoping the men would believe she was dead. When Driver did not immediately answer, Adams said, “Are you bleeding? You better answer me. I’ll shoot you in the face if you don’t answer me.” Driver answered, “No, no, I’m not bleeding.” Adams then fired the shotgun right next to her face, and, though the pellets only hit her lip, she did not move, pretending to be dead.
Adams and Cobb turned to Dement and asked her the same questions. She feigned death, and the men started kicking her when she did not answer. Adams then grabbed Dement’s hair and held up her head while one of the men shined a lighter on her face to see if she was still alive. Dement continued feigning death, and Driver heard Cobb say, “She’s dead. Let’s go.” That was the only time any of the victims heard Cobb speak. After Adams and Cobb left, Driver and Dement, each fearing that the other was dead, got up and ran in separate directions. Driver had minor injuries, but Dement had been shot directly in the left shoulder. By the time police arrived at the pea patch, Vandever, who had been shot in the chest, had died from the shotgun wound.
In September 2002, a Cherokee County grand jury indicted Adams for murdering Kenneth Wayne Vandever during the course of committing a felony.
A Cherokee County jury found Adams guilty of murdering Kenneth Wayne Vandever. After the jury recommended capital punishment, the court sentenced Adams to death by lethal injection. Judgment was entered August 30, 2004.
On June 27, 2007, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Adams’s direct appeal and affirmed his conviction and sentence.
On January 14, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Adams’s direct appeal when it denied his petition for certiorari.
After exhausting his direct appeal, Adams sought to appeal his conviction and sentence by filing an application for a state writ of habeas corpus with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. On November 21, 2007, the high court denied Adams’s application for state habeas relief.
Adams filed a successive state habeas petition which was dismissed as an abuse of the writ by the Court of Criminal Appeals on April 29, 2009.
On January 8, 2009, Adams attempted to appeal his conviction and sentence in the federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas. The federal district court denied his petition for federal writ of habeas corpus on July 26, 2010.
On March 31, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected Adams’s appeal when it affirmed the federal district court’s order denying Adams a federal writ of habeas corpus.
On October 11, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Adams’s appeal a second time when it denied his petition for a writ of certiorari.
Adams filed another state habeas petition which was dismissed by the Court of Criminal Appeals on February 15, 2012.
Under Texas law, the rules of evidence prevent certain prior criminal acts from being presented to a jury during the guilt-innocence phase of the trial. However, once a defendant is found guilty, jurors are presented with information about the defendant’s prior criminal conduct during the second phase of the trial – which is when they determine the defendant’s punishment.
PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY
During the penalty phase of Adams’s trial, the jury heard that Adams had participated in two previous aggravated robberies with Cobb.
For additional information and statistics, please go to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website at www.tdcj.state.tx.us.
A uninformed opponent is a dangerous opponent.
Linda Wiltshire came from Australia planning on marrying this murderer before he is put to death. She's still asking for Paypal donations to help with expenses. Apparently there will be a funeral but I have a feeling it will be paid for by us taxpayers. I hope to get to see her face to face Thursday.
He's marrying FireCrotch tomorrow:
How's this for offensive:
Clemency Petition for Beunka Adams
In order to do justice for murder victim Kenneth Vandever and
surviving victims Candace Driver and Nikki Dement while breaking
the cycle of violence of which their suffering is a part, we urge
the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Governor of Texas
to commute the sentence of Beunka Adams from death to life
That actually made me sick at my stomach. They will continue to suffer for the rest of their lives for what HE CHOSE to do. I have to admit that I'm less interested in when they execute Cobb because he's not the one that raped my daughter's friend. But I'm still looking forward to it, also.
Thursday about 6:20pm, she can kiss & hug her babies knowing this guy is dead, finally.
The Clemency Petition is a good example for bad taste..... Sickos!
No murder can be so cruel that there are not still useful imbeciles who do gloss over the murderer and apologize.
When I first found this forum, I was excited to see this case on the upcoming executions list only to watch it fall down lower on the list as other executions were scheduled before him. Now that he is at the top of the list, I'm really pleased.
If a stay is issued, I will be highly disappointed but will eagerly anticipate the next scheduled date.
I still cannot wrap my head around why someone, especially not from the US, would want to marry him at this late date? Why would you want to be tied to someone like that?
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