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      David Leslie Card - Idaho Death Row

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      Was sentenced to death for the June 5, 1988 shooting deaths of Eugene and Shirley Morey.

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      March 17, 2010

      Idaho high court: No new trials for 6 on death row

      Associated Press Writer

      BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court has denied requests from six death row inmates who said they were entitled to new trials because a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made after their convictions called on juries, not judges, to impose the death penalty.

      All the men argued that the state violated their Sixth Amendment due process rights because they were sentenced to death by a judge instead of a jury, as required under the 2002 federal decision.

      But in a unanimous ruling handed down Friday, the Idaho Supreme Court noted that their cases were all appealed and the judgments made final before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling was issued - and that 2002 decision can't be retroactively applied to the Idaho inmates' cases.

      All six inmates have appeals in various stages of state and federal court that will now move forward.

      They were sentenced to death on first-degree murder charges, some of them in multiple murder cases:

      - Paul Ezra Rhoades was sentenced to death for the 1998 rape and murder of Idaho Falls teacher Susan Michelbacher, 34, and the murder and kidnapping of Blackfoot convenience store clerk Stacy Dawn Baldwin, 24. Rhoades was also sentenced to life without parole for the shooting murder of convenience store clerk Nolan Haddon, 21.

      - Randall Lynn McKinney was convicted of shooting to death Robert Bishop Jr., 25, of Pocatello, whose body was found in a gravel pit in 1981.

      - Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr., was convicted of beating to death Marsing resident Berta Herndon, 58, and her nephew, Del Dean Herndon.

      - David Leslie Card, of Nampa, was sentenced to death row for the 1988 shooting deaths of newspaper carriers Eugene and Shirley Morey.

      - James Harvey Hairston was sentenced to death in a double murder case after he was convicted of robbing and shooting to death elderly couple William and Dalma Fuhriman at their rural Downey farmhouse.

      - Gene Francis Stuart, a former Orofino resident, was convicted in 1981 of murder by torture in the beating death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, Robert Miller.


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      In September 2011, the federal courts stayed Card’s habeas case until he is determined to be competent.

      Card had a history of suffering from paranoid schizophrenia before the 1988 murder of two people in Nampa, although after separate mental evaluations and treatment, Card was determined capable of assisting in his own defense.


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      Death Row: 12 inmates await execution in Idaho prisons (edited)

      Card ‘literally executed those two people’

      The Idaho Press-Tribune

      INMATE: David Leslie Card, 52

      CRIME: Shooting deaths of two people in Canyon County

      ON DEATH ROW SINCE: Sept. 1989

      “What makes it so absolutely chilling,” then-Canyon County Prosecutor Richard Harris told the jury in a soft voice, as he summed up the first-degree murder trial of David Card in May 1989, “it could have been you or it could have been me. Think about that, it could have been you or me instead of the Moreys.”

      Pointing to the defendant, Harris said “He literally executed those two people.”

      It only took the jury 75 minutes to agree with the prosecutor.

      “It was a very deliberate, very chilling murder … Here are some ordinary hard working people who just happened to be in the wrong place when this guy wanted to get a kick … It was senseless. They were completely innocent of anything. They didn’t deserve to die,” Harris said after the verdict.

      David Card was pissed off at a Circle K clerk in the predawn hours of June 5, 1988, because she kicked him out of the convenience store located at the corner of 11th Avenue North and Garrity Boulevard.

      He had taken a drink from her cup and the clerk told him to leave. Card left the store, walked more than a mile to get his Smith & Wesson Model 57 .44 magnum revolver.

      Eugene and Shirley Morey were contract carriers for the Idaho Press-Tribune. They picked up their Sunday papers and did what they often did. They stopped at the convenience store for a Coke and folded their papers. Their interior light was on.

      But when Card returned, the store clerk was gone.

      “He was going to go back and blast her, but she wasn’t there, and unfortunately, Eugene and Shirley Morey were there and the intent to kill her was transferred to them,” Harris told the jury, reviewing testimony given in the trial days before.

      According to witness statements, the gunman walked up to the red Pinto and fired at close range through the driver’s-side window.

      Shirley Morey screamed after the first shot was fired into her husband’s head. Then Card shot again, striking Eugene Morey a second time in the head.

      And then Card walked around to the other side of the car and delivered two more bullets in Shirley’s head.

      “Can you imagine what was going through her mind for those 30 seconds?” the prosecutor asked the jury. “The abject terror that must have been going through her mind. And for what reason, except they were folding their papers.”

      Card then walked calmly from the scene. When police arrived, they heard witness accounts.

      Then-Nampa Police Chief Marshall Brisbin and his investigators were at a loss. They had a description of a man with long curly hair and glasses. A composite drawing was released to the public and every lead was being checked out.

      “It’s a little scary,” Brisbin told the Idaho Press-Tribune reporter. “We’re trying to run down all leads. If anybody has any information or knows somebody who is mentally unstable who has a large caliber revolver, we’d like to know about it.”

      Five days later, Pocatello police arrested Card after Nampa authorities got a tip that the gunman had left Butte, Mont., and was headed for Pocatello and that he might try to board a bus for Arizona.

      Sure enough, Card had purchased a bus ticket and was with his mother. He was apprehended without a struggle.

      Relief flooded the community when residents no longer had to worry that a gunman was on the loose.

      But the motive was still not clear.

      Ten days after the murder, the court ordered Card to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine Card’s mental status. Months later, after separate evaluations and a 90-day treatment program where, the judge ruled him capable of standing for trial, although his defense attorney, Van Bishop, said his client appeared “heavily medicated.”

      Card had a history of suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

      Ten days prior to the trial starting, it was revealed that a co-inmate at the mental facility, where Card was treated, claimed that Card had confessed and the trial was scheduled for May 15.

      During the trial, the inmate said Card had told him that he was mad at the store clerk “who had the audacity to chastise him over some milk” he had consumed from the clerk’s cup.

      At sentencing, then-3rd District Judge Jim R. Doolittle, handed down a death sentence.

      “It was a cold-blooded, pitiless killing,” the judge said. “It was an execution.”

      Card’s attorney argued against the death penalty, because the man was mentally ill when he committed the crime while the prosecution argued that Card faked his mental illness to escape the death penalty.

      Card remains on Death Row as his appeals are processed.


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