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      Kosoul Chanthakoummane - Texas Death Row


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      Facts of the Crime:

      Chanthakoummane was convicted of the July 2006 murder of Sarah Walker, 40, inside a McKinney model home where she was employed. Walker was beaten and stabbed 27 times as she fought for her life.

      Chanthakoummane was sentenced to death in Collin County in October 2007.

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      October 17, 2007

      McKINNEY, Texas — Jurors chose the death penalty Wednesday for a North Carolina parolee convicted of killing a sales agent inside a model home.

      They deliberated for about three hours before handing down the punishment to Kosoul Chanthakoummane, 27.

      Chanthakoummane was found guilty of capital murder last week by a Collin County jury that deliberated about 30 minutes before reaching a verdict.

      His defense attorney stipulated that Chanthakoummane (chahn-THAH'-koo-mahn) fatally stabbed Sarah Walker in July 2006. But he tried to convince the jury that Chanthakoummane's life should be spared with witnesses who said he had been a model prisoner.

      Walker was a top-seller for home builder D.R. Horton, earning free vacations for the high volume of brick-and-slab homes she closed.

      She was stabbed 33 times and her body found by a house-hunting couple in the kitchen of a model home. The 40-year-old agent had been showing the home in McKinney, a fast-growing suburb of McMansions and retail strips about 30 miles north of Dallas.

      Her slaying rattled real estate agents who work open houses alone and worried nearby residents living in the extravagant homes Walker sold.

      Chanthakoummane had been paroled to Dallas to live with relatives after serving time in North Carolina for aggravated kidnapping and robbery convictions.

      A McKinney police officer testified that Chanthakoummane admitted to going to the model home where the stabbing occurred but said he never saw anyone in the house.

      At the time of his arrest, Chanthakoummane faced a parole violation warrant out of North Carolina.

      (Source: Houston Chronicle)

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      On April 28, 2010, Chanthakoummane's direct appeal was denied by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

      Opinion is here:

      http://www.cca.courts.state.tx.us/OP...PINIONID=19553

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      Texas death row inmates lose at Supreme Court

      HOUSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused appeals from two men sent to Texas death row for Dallas-area slayings.

      Thirty-year-old Kosoul Chanthakoummane (koh-SOHL' chahn-THAH'-koo-mahn) was a North Carolina parolee when he was arrested for the 2006 murder of 40-year-old real estate agent Sarah Walker. She'd been stabbed 33 times when found in the kitchen of a model home in McKinney, about 30 miles north of Dallas.

      Thirty-one-year-old Yokamon Hearn was convicted of the 1998 slaying of 23-year-old Plano stockbroker Frank Meziere. He was carjacked at gunpoint from a self-service car wash in Dallas, then found dead in a south Dallas neighborhood. He'd been shot 10 times in the head.

      The high court, without comment, refused Monday to review their appeals. Neither man has an execution date.

      http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7273514.html

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      This was the direct-appeal denial regarding Chanthakoummane.

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      IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
      OF TEXAS

      NO. WR-78,107-01
      EX PARTE KOSOUL CHANTHAKOUMMANE

      ON APPLICATION FOR POST-CONVICTION WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
      CAUSE NO. 380-81972-07 IN THE 380TH DISTRICT COURT
      COLLIN COUNTY
      Per Curiam.

      O R D E R

      In October 2007, a jury found applicant guilty of the offense of capital murder. The jury answered the statutory punishment questions in such a way that the trial court set applicant's punishment at death. On November 20, 2009, the State filed in this Court its brief on applicant's direct appeal. Pursuant to Article 11.071 4(a) and (b) (1), applicant's initial application for a writ of habeas corpus was due to be filed in the trial court on or before April 5, 2010, assuming a motion for extension was timely filed and granted. It has been more than two years since the application was due in the trial court. Accordingly, we order the trial court to resolve any remaining issues within 90 days from the date of this order. The clerk shall then transmit the complete writ record to this Court within 120 days from the date of this order. Any extensions of time shall be obtained from this Court.

      IT IS SO ORDERED THIS THE 1ST DAY OF AUGUST, 2012.

      http://law.justia.com/cases/texas/co...78-107-01.html

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      EX PARTE KOSOUL CHANTHAKOUMMANE

      IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TEXAS

      NO. WR-78,107-01

      ON APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS IN CAUSE
      NO. 380-81972-07 IN THE 380TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT
      COLLIN COUNTY

      This is a post-conviction application for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to the provisions of Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 11.071.

      Applicant presents twelve allegations in his application in which he challenges the validity of his conviction and resulting sentence. The trial court held an evidentiary hearing and entered findings of fact and conclusions of law. The trial court recommended that relief be denied.

      This Court has reviewed the record with respect to the allegations made by Applicant. We adopt the trial judge’s findings and conclusions. Based upon the trial court’s findings and conclusions and our own review, we deny relief.

      IT IS SO ORDERED THIS THE 30TH DAY OF JANUARY, 2013.
      A uninformed opponent is a dangerous opponent.

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      On February 5, 2013, Chanthakoummane filed an appeal in Federal District Court.

      http://dockets.justia.com/docket/tex...v00067/142366/

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      On March 20, 2015, Chanthakoummane's habeas petition was DENIED in Federal District Court.

      http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal...0067/142366/34

      On April 2, 2015, Chanthakoummane filed an appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

      http://dockets.justia.com/docket/cir...s/ca5/15-70007

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