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      Tiequon Aundray Cox - California Death Row

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      Tiequon Aundray "Lil Fee" Cox

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      Sentenced to death in Los Angeles County on April 30, 1986 in the August 31, 1984 killings of Ebora Alexander, 58, her daughter and two grandsons in a South Central Los Angeles home. The victims were all relatives of former pro football player Kermit Alexander.
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      On July 22, 2010, Cox was denied a rehearing in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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      Original opinion of December 10, 2009 is here:


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      Opinion here

      Rehearing Denied in Kermit Alexander Family's Slaying

      (CN) - A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of brutally murdering four family members of former UCLA and 49ers great Kermit Alexander 27 years ago. Tiequon Cox was 18 when he and a fellow gang member stormed into the home of Ebora Alexander, 57, Kermit's mother, and shot her once through the head as she sat at her kitchen table drinking coffee. His 23-year-old sister Dietria and two nephews, 8-year-old Damon Bonner and 10-year-old Damani Garner, were killed in their beds. Prosecutors said the shooters, both members of the Rollin' 60 Crips, mistook the Alexander home for their actual target.

      Judge Susan Graber, writing for the 9th Circuit, stated that for Cox to prove he suffered prejudice, the court would have to conclude that at least one juror at Cox's trial might have found reasonable doubt that Cox was the gunman. "This we cannot do because the overwhelming weight of the evidence proved otherwise," she wrote. The appeals court voted 2-1 to deny the appeal, in an unpublished decision Wednesday, with Judge Harry Pregerson dissenting. Advised of Cox's petition for a rehearing en banc, no other judge for the full court requested a vote to rehear.

      In the aftermath of the 1984 murders, investigators uncovered damning evidence against Cox, including a latent palm print found at the scene that experts concluded was his. Ballistic tests of empty shell casings and spent bullets found near the bodies also matched a gun Cox later instructed friend to destroy. At trial, Cox's defense counsel waived both the opening statement and closing argument and presented no evidence during the guilt phase of the trial. But the appeals court made clear the trial's guilt phase was not under examination, as his presence at the brutal scene was not in question. The key element was whether he actually did the killings or just aided the act. The difference literally meant life or death for Cox. If the jury had found that Cox did not enter the Alexander home that night with the specific intent to kill, the death penalty would have been off the table under the "multiple-murder special circumstance" doctrine, according to the ruling.

      Judge Harry Pregerson dissented from the panel in recommending to remand Cox's claims back to District Court. "This is not a case concerning some minor disagreement about what a defense attorney could have done during the guilt phase," he wrote. "Rather, this is a case where defense counsel did not put on a defense at all." (Italics in original.) Pointing to the fact that the defense called no witnesses and gave no opening or closing statement, "counsel's wholesale failure to mount a defense constitutes deficient performance." Pregerson also said there is "legitimate factual dispute as to whether Cox's attorneys misunderstood the law." The dissenting judge added that ordinarily factual disputes such as this are addressed by District Courts. "Here, however, the District Court did not address Cox's argument that his attorneys misunderstood the law and never referred to the excerpts of deposition testimony that support his allegation," Pregerson wrote.

      But this argument did not sway the other judges. Graber and Judge Kim Wardlaw found they could not overlook the "overwhelming evidence" and "despicable nature" of the murders. In the early morning hours on Aug. 31, 1984, Cox and Darren Williams entered the Alexander home on 59th Street in Los Angeles after Williams mistakenly wrote the wrong address on a sheet of paper. Three others - Horace Burns, Ida Moore and Lisa Brown - waited in a parked van down the street from Ebora Alexander's home. A "scene of horror" is how Judge Graber described what police saw when they found the bullet-riddled bodies of the former defensive back's four family members.

      Ebora's 14-year-old son Neal Alexander and her grandson, Ivan Scott, both were inside the home and survived the attack. Neal jumped on the back of the rifleman and started a fight with him before being punched in the face and escaping out the back door. Brown, one of the women in the van, said she heard Williams or Cox say they were going to "kill everybody in the house" as they exited the vehicle, the ruling states. Moore, the other woman in the van, later told authorities that Williams had a handgun in his waistband and that Cox was carrying something wrapped in a jacket. Moore had said she noticed "a big gun" in the back of the van earlier when they stopped for gas. Two neighbors witnessed Cox leaving the home carrying a rifle after the barrage of gunfire ceased. Moore also saw Cox leave the home with a rife in hand. She said Cox got back in the van after the shooting and exclaimed: "I just blew the bitch's head off. So drive."

      A man named James Kennedy, who knew Cox, Williams and Burns through their gang associations, testified that on the morning of Aug. 31, Cox came to Kennedy's apartment with a .30-caliber carbine wrapped in a jacket and a simple instruction: destroy the gun. Kennedy instead hid the weapon in some bushes near his home. He revealed the location of the rifle to authorities when he became the target of a narcotics investigation. The day after the execution-style killings, Cox bought a 1975 Cadillac for $3,000, a fact that helped show the crimes to be "cold premeditated murders for hire," the ruling says. Cox's defense attorney spoke of his client's upbringing during the penalty faze, including being abused and abandoned at an early age by his mother, who was a drug addict and prostitute. Attempts to humanize him by speaking of the pervasiveness of violent street gangs in Cox's neighborhood failed. The prosecution also evoked his past as a tool for the jury, most notably, saying that as a juvenile he threatened a mother with a firearm while she waited for her young son after school, then took her car and led police on a half-hour-long high-speed chase through city streets, stopping only when he hit a telephone pole.

      The 9th Circuit's denial means the U.S. Supreme Court is Cox's only remaining option. It had also voted down Cox's appeal in 2009, and amended that opinion in 2010. Williams and Burns are both serving life sentences for their part in the slayings. Kermit Alexander was the eighth overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1963 NFL draft, earning a selection to the Pro Bowl in 1968.


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      On October 3, 2011, the US Supreme Court denied Cox's certiorari petition.


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      DA Asks Court to Order Execution of Two Death Row Inmates

      District Attorney Steve Cooley asked the Los Angeles Superior Court today to order the execution of two long-time Death Row inmates with a court-approved single-drug protocol currently used in other parts of the country.

      In motions filed by Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee, the court was asked to order the executions of Mitchell Carleton Sims, 52, and Tiequon Aundray Cox, 46, each of whom have been on San Quentin’s Death Row for a quarter of a century.

      Mitchell Sims and Tiequon Cox were tried and convicted of first-degree murder by juries. The jurors in each case also found the special circumstances alleged against each defendant to be true. The same juries recommended that each die for their crimes. Judges reviewed the jury recommendations and agreed, formally sentencing each man to death. Each killer appealed the conviction and sentence. Every appellate court turned them down,” the District Attorney said in a written statement.

      It is time Sims and Cox pay for their crimes,” he added.

      “I am joining with the California District Attorneys Association and other District Attorneys throughout California in asking the Superior Courts throughout the state to hold these killers responsible for the innocent lives they took so many years ago.”

      In the motions filed with the court, Hanisee asked that the executions be ordered using a single-drug method or that the warden at San Quentin show cause why the death penalty by lethal injection should not be imposed.

      Executions in California have been on hold for years.

      The most recent stay was granted by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after the Riverside County District Attorney obtained an execution date for condemned inmate Albert Greenwood Brown.

      The stay was based on allegations that a three-drug protocol that California used for executions put the condemned at risk of pain and suffering.

      Sims was sentenced to death on May 7, 1986, after being convicted of murdering a Domino's pizza deliveryman in Glendale on Dec. 8, 1985.

      Sims was found guilty in the strangulation and drowning of 21-yaer old John Steven Harrigan.

      Police found Harrigan's hog-tied body submerged in the motel-room bathtub.

      A washcloth had been stuffed in his mouth and a pillowcase tied over his head.

      Sims was also is charged with two counts of robbery and attempted murder in an assault against two of Harrigan's co-workers at the Brand Boulevard pizza establishment later that night.

      Sims, a disgruntled pizza delivery driver, had fled the restaurant where he worked in Hanahan, S.C., after murdering two co-workers.

      He fled to California with his girlfriend, who also was convicted and is serving a life sentence.

      Sims was also sentenced to death in the South Carolina murders.

      Cox, a Rollin 60s gang member, slaughtered a grandmother, her daughter and two grandchildren – one 8 and the other 13 – on Aug. 31, 1984.

      Armed with a .30 caliber military rifle, Cox shot the grandmother three times in the head and went on to execute her grandsons as they slept in their beds. The 24-year-old mother of the two boys woke up and screamed before Cox shot her dead.

      A 14-year-old male cousin hid in a closet, which saved his life.

      Hanisee noted in her motions filed today with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has acknowledged at various court hearings – one as recent as Feb. 14 of this year – that it is fully capable of performing a single-drug execution.

      “It is time to enforce the law of the state and carry out the death sentences that have been returned by juries, imposed by trial judges and affirmed by our appellate court system,” Cooley added.

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      It is time Sims and Cox pay for their crimes,” he added.
      Thatīs true, but itīs Cali. I doubt that they get serious dates. based on Mohs Cali-gruesome-Murder-Theory is Cox is a typical Cali death row inmate.


      Tiequon Aundray "Lil Fee" Cox (born December 1, 1965) is a convicted murderer currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison (death row).

      Cox became one of the prime suspects of a quadruple homicide investigation concerning the deaths of Ebora Alexander, aged 59, Dietra Alexander, aged 25, two boys Damon Bonner, aged 6, and Damani Garner-Alexander, aged 12. These four individuals were relatives of former NFL player and defensive back Kermit Alexander (below).

      Cox was also a noted member of the Rollin' 60, one of the many sets affiliated to the Crips, and actually still on parole on an unrelated charge.

      The events that occurred on August 31, 1984, are not clear, but what is known is that two suspects, described as being male, were seen bursting into the house of Ebora Alexander (the mother of Kermit Alexander) and opening fire, killing four people in the process. Two other family members who had previously been hiding, managed to scare off the gunmen, who were seen fleeing into a brown or maroon van.

      Later the two suspects would be caught and identified as Tiequon Cox, aged 18, and later a man Horace Edwin Burns, aged 20. Both were known affiliates of the Rollin' 60. Burns was not one of the gunman it would turn out, but a look-out, along with two women Lisa Brown and Ida Moore, who drove the get-away vehicle. Darren Charles Williams would later be caught and identified as the other gunman.

      The reason behind the killings was revealed to be because Williams, also a noted gang member, had purchased fake cocaine and sought revenge against the dealer.

      Unfortunately, Williams and the two other men ended up at the wrong house, resulting in the deaths of four innocent bystanders. It was actually stated that the three suspects had the right house number but were on the wrong block. Although Cox was the youngest of the three, and was therefore susceptible to "peer pressure," the jury's decision was that he had actively taken part in the killings, whether it had been just abetting was determined serious enough to condemn.

      In 1986, he was found guilty of four counts of 1st degree murder, in accordance with premeditation laws, in the state of California. The jury further determined that he should be sentenced to death, placing him on death row.

      Tiequon Cox stabbed Stanley "Tookie" Williams (above) in 1988 while on death row. This is depicted in the 2004 TV film "Redemption: The Stanley Tookie Williams Story."

      On the afternoon of July 18, 2000, three inmates, regarded as some of San Quentin's most dangerous prisoners, almost escaped. The three, identified as Tiequon Cox, Paul Tuilaepa, and Noel Jackson, all rushed towards a hole that had been unraveled from a four foot section of a chain-link fence, nearly escaping with the intent of securing themselves hostages.

      However, the attempt failed and with some difficulty the guards managed to get all three inmates subdued and back into a controlled yard. But, the escape attempt left many guards re-addressing the serious security problems that had been plaguing San Quentin for years.

      No murder can be so cruel that there are not still useful imbeciles who do gloss over the murderer and apologize.

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      Two prosecutors try to jump-start California executions

      With California voters readying to consider whether to retain the death penalty, two prominent district attorneys, including San Mateo County's, are mounting a rebel legal campaign to kick-start executions in San Quentin's long-dormant death chamber.

      Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has been heading the charge, moving in recent months to sidestep legal obstacles that have put executions on hold for nearly seven years and secure execution dates for condemned killers Mitchell Sims and Tiequon Cox.

      But San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has quietly joined in, asking a local judge to set an execution date for Robert Green Fairbank, sent to death row for the 1985 murder of a San Francisco woman.

      The legal gambit is spurred by some prosecutors' mounting frustration with Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris, who instead of rushing to resume executions have focused on fighting state and federal court orders that froze executions because of flaws in the prison system's three-drug execution procedures. The state, in fact, assured a federal judge two years ago that there would be no attempts to execute inmates until those legal battles were resolved.

      "Prosecutors and victims' advocates throughout the state are indeed frustrated with the failure of the (state) to get this process moving," said Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.

      In court papers, Wagstaffe and Cooley argue that California can execute inmates with a single drug, avoiding the legal stalemate over the state's botched attempts to retain its three-drug method. Other states such as Washington, Arizona and Ohio have adopted that approach.

      A Los Angeles judge on Monday is expected to hear the latest round of arguments in Cooley's maneuver, and a San Mateo judge will consider the Fairbank case in October, not long before voters decide the fate of Proposition 34 -- the first time Californians have been asked to abolish the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1978.

      Wagstaffe was out of town last week and could not be reached. But Los Angeles prosecutors insist their demand for swift execution dates is unrelated to the ballot measure, saying both Cox and Sims have exhausted their legal appeals and should pay for crimes committed decades ago.

      "We're not trying to rush and get an execution before Nov. 6," said Deputy District Attorney Michelle Hanisee, who noted that it's too late for Cox or Sims to be executed before the election. "This is about getting our system back on track."

      Death penalty foes say the move to execute the inmates flouts a number of court rulings requiring California to fix its lethal injection procedures, which have been challenged because of concerns they expose the condemned to a cruel and unusual death.

      "I can't imagine what they are thinking," said Natasha Minsker, Proposition 34's campaign manager. "They're trying to do an end run around the law."

      With more than 720 murderers on death row, Fairbank, Cox and Sims are in a select group of about a dozen inmates who have run out of legal options to avoid execution. All that stands in the way of lethal injections for them are several court orders that have blocked executions -- and legal experts say the two prosecutors' arguments will not get them past those orders.

      A federal judge was the first to halt executions in the case of death row inmate Michael Morales, who challenged the lethal injection method on the eve of his February 2006 execution. More recently, a Marin County judge put executions on hold, concluding that the state did not follow proper administrative procedures when prison officials crafted new lethal injection guidelines.

      The Brown administration has appealed that decision, but in court papers says prison officials are working on the single drug option. Cooley and Wagstaffe argue that San Quentin can use that method right now, saying in their court filings that individual trial judges have the legal authority to order prison officials to carry out executions on a case-by-case basis.

      Mark Drodzdowski, Fairbank's lawyer, said "there are a number of roadblocks to what the DAs are seeking." And Sara Eisenberg, lawyer for death row inmates in the Marin case, added that the courts have barred California from carrying out executions until it devises a legal, court-approved method.

      "That should be the end of the story," she said. "In my view, that's just how it's got to be."

      Harris' office declined to comment, referring questions to state prison officials. But in court papers, the attorney general and prison officials appear to agree with Eisenberg, telling the judge in the Los Angeles case that ordering them to carry out an execution would conflict with existing injunctions.

      "Any such order would place (the state) in an untenable position because it would not be able to simultaneously comply with one order directing it to carry out executions and another order barring it from doing so," state lawyers wrote.

      San Mateo prosecutors, however, say the time has come for Fairbank to be executed with a single, fatal dose of a sedative for the rape and murder of Wendy Cheek, whose naked, partially burned body was found in a tree grove along Highway 280 in San Mateo County 27 years ago.

      "We feel the court can set a date," Deputy District Attorney Joe Cannon said. "The law mandates that the death penalty be imposed in this particular situation."


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      LA judge refuses to order one-drug executions

      A judge on Monday turned down a bid by the Los Angeles County district attorney to order the immediate execution of two death row prisoners by a new single-drug injection method.

      Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he did not have jurisdiction to order the procedure that has never been used in California.

      Executions in the state have been on hold for years while appellate courts consider the legality of the three-drug protocol now in place.

      Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley had suggested a virtual end-run around the current logjam in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over the way executions are done.

      Deputy District Attorney Michelle Hanisee said the three drugs used previously are no longer available, and a pharmaceutical company plans to stop making one of them.

      The decision came as a Northern California prosecutor joined the fight to resume executions.

      San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe asked a judge to set an execution date for Robert Fairbank, who was sent to death row for the murder of a San Francisco woman in 1985, the San Jose Mercury News reported ( http://bit.ly/Sy2EMB ).

      A judge is expected to consider Wagstaffe's request in October.

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      Justice for victims, not luxuries for Death Row inmates

      By Kermit Alexander

      California's death penalty system needs to change. Tiequon Cox, who has lived on Death Row for more than 27 years, has exhausted all of his federal and state appeals. On Dec. 1, he celebrated another birthday. Why do I care about Cox? Because on Aug. 31, 1984, Cox murdered my mother, sister and two nephews during an early morning home invasion. Cox, a for-hire killer, went to the wrong address and mistakenly killed my family - four acts of murder committed on an innocent family in exchange for $3,500.

      In the past 29 years, I have missed my mother every day. Yet my family's murderer continues to live, even though the jury found him guilty and then unanimously recommended the death penalty.

      However, California's death penalty has become ineffective because of waste, delays and inefficiencies. Just last year, voters upheld the state's death penalty by defeating Proposition 34. A coalition of district attorneys, law enforcement and victim's rights advocates like me are proposing a statewide ballot initiative to change the death penalty system in California. The initiative would revamp the appeals process, Death Row housing and victim restitution as well as the appointment of appellate counsel and agency oversight.

      Today, my family's killer has his own cell with several luxury items that many general population inmates aren't allowed to have. He gets extended visitor privileges and is not required to work or pay restitution for his crimes. A commonsense reform would be to double-house Death Row inmates, which also would save California tens of millions of dollars a year. Under the rules, Death Row inmates spend their days either in their cells or in the recreation yard. Our initiative would require these inmates to work and earn money to repay the victims of their horrific crimes. If the inmate chooses not to work, then he or she would lose his or her television, radio or other luxury items.

      It is not fair to the victims' families or to the convicted inmates to have to wait as long as 10 years before the first appeal is heard. The California Supreme Court is so backlogged that a Death Row inmate does not receive his/her first appeal hearing for 12 years. Even worse, it takes four to five years before a state-appointed appeals attorney is even assigned. We must reform this process!

      Our initiative would expand the number of eligible appellate attorneys and move the first appeal to the state Court of Appeal, with the requirement of hearing the first appeal within five years.

      The goal is not to execute people more quickly without due process; the goal is to ensure that those who have committed the worst crimes have their sentences carried out.

      California's 730-plus Death Row inmates have murdered more than 1,000 people, including 229 children and 43 police officers. Of those victims, 235 were raped and 90 were tortured. These statistics include my mother, sister and two nephews.

      Gov. Jerry Brown, who is personally opposed to the death penalty, has reviewed many death penalty cases, and stated: "I know people say, 'Oh, there have been all these innocent people,' Well, I have not seen one name on Death Row that's been told to me."

      Today, I am standing with the victims and their families to unite for changes in California's death penalty system. California needs to stand by its promise to protect its citizens and bring justice to the victims.

      Kermit Alexander, who was a defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers from 1963 to 1969, is a death penalty reform advocate.


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      Lawsuit calls for quicker executions in California

      By Don Thompson
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      SACRAMENTO -- A victims' rights organization sued California state officials on Thursday as it seeks to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006.

      Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court asking a judge to order state corrections officials to adopt procedures for a single-drug, barbiturate-only method of execution.

      State policy calls for using a series of three drugs to put condemned inmates to death. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is drafting new lethal injection regulations after Gov. Jerry Brown said in April 2012 the state would switch to a single-drug injection.

      However, department spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said a nationwide shortage of execution drugs is slowing progress. She declined to comment on the lawsuit.

      The foundation says the department is taking too long to adopt the new regulations. No executions can occur until the new rules are adopted.

      It is asking the judge to order the state to adopt temporary regulations within 30 days and take immediate steps to adopt permanent regulations.

      The foundation sought the court order on behalf of Kermit Alexander, whose mother, sister and two nephews were murdered in 1984, and Bradley Winchell, whose sister was raped and murdered in 1983, contending that as relatives of the victims they are affected by the continued delays.

      Alexander and Winchell said in nearly identical letters to Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard in September that the murders of their relatives took place 30 years ago, yet there is "no end in sight" for the convicted killers solely because of the department's failure to adopt the new regulations.

      Executions in California have also been halted by a series of legal challenges over the last eight years, most recently when a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled in July that carrying out the death penalty takes so long that it amounts to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. Attorney General Kamala Harris is appealing that ruling.

      The judge noted that more than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since the current death penalty system was adopted 35 years ago. But only 13 have been executed, leaving most condemned inmates to die of natural causes before their executions are carried out.

      "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."

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