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    Debra Brown - Indiana Death Row






    Facts of the Crime:

    During the summer of 1984, Brown and Alton Coleman went on a burglary, rape and killing spree in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. In Ohio, Brown had been sentenced to death in each case for the aggravated murders of Marlene Walters and Tonnie Storey. In separate trials in Indiana, she had been found guilty of murder, rape and attempted murder and received the death penalty.

    Co-defendant Alton Coleman was executed by the State of Ohio on April 26, 2002. http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...=alton+coleman

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    Prosecutor: Thomas W. Vanes, Kathleen O'Halloran

    Defense: Daniel L. Toomey, Albert E. Marshall

    Date of Murder: June 18, 1984

    Victim(s): Tamika Turks B/F/7 (No relationship to Brown)

    Method of Murder: ligature strangulation with bedsheet

    Summary: seven-year-old Tamika and her nine-year-old niece, Annie, were walking back from the candy store to their home when they were confronted by Brown and Alton Coleman. Brown and Coleman convinced them to walk into the woods to play a game. Once there, they removed Tamika's shirt and tore it into small strips which they used to bind and gag the children. When Tamika began to cry, Brown held her nose and mouth while Coleman stomped on her chest. After carrying Tamika a short distance away, Annie was forced to perform oral sex on both Brown and Coleman, then Coleman raped her. Brown and Coleman then choked her until she was unconscious. When she awoke, they were gone. Tamika was found dead in the bushes nearby, strangled with an elastic strip of bedsheet. The same fabric was later found in the apartment shared by Coleman and Brown. Annie received cuts so deep that her intestines were protruding into her vagina. Evidence of a remarkably similar murder in Ohio was admitted at trial. These acts proved to be part of a midwestern crime spee by Coleman and Brown that included up to eight murders, seven rapes, three kidnappings and 14 armed robberies.

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    This case has been sitting in Federal District Court for at least ten years with no movement forward that I've been able to find. I wonder whether Indiana is not pushing the case for some reason.

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    Brown and Alton Coleman

    Their crimes were horrific. More details
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    From Wikipedia:
    Ohio was successful in convicting Coleman and Brown on a pair of aggravated murder charges - in May 1985 for the murder of Tonnie Storey, and in June 1985 for the murder of Marlene Walters - as well as a plethora of other violent crimes. They were both sentenced to be executed, and the lengthy appeals process began. Coleman's case went to the U.S. Supreme Court several times between 1985 and 2002, but his numerous arguments that his conviction and death sentence were unconstitutional failed to sway the justices.

    By April 2002, time had run out for Coleman. His last-ditch effort to avoid lethal injection was unsuccessful when, on April 25, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected a claim by Coleman's attorneys that the state's plan to accommodate the large number of victims and survivors who wanted to view the execution would turn it into a "spectator sport". There were so many victims and survivors who were allowed to witness the execution that prison officials had to set up a closed-circuit viewing outside the death house.

    For his final meal, Coleman ordered a well-done filet mignon smothered with mushrooms, fried chicken breasts, a salad with French dressing, sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream, French fries, collard greens, onion rings, cornbread, broccoli with melted cheese and biscuits and gravy. He washed it all down with a Cherry Coke.[5]

    On April 26, 2002, reciting Psalm 23, Alton Coleman was executed by lethal injection in the death chamber at the state prison in Lucasville. Reginald Wilkinson, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said Coleman did not convey remorse for the killings.
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    Debra Brown is serving life in Ohio. Indiana will not execute her unless Ohio releases her for some reason.

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    Has Indiana not requested that Ohio extradite her? Or has Indiana already made such a request and Ohio refused?

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    Brown was sentenced to death in both states and it was determined that Ohio would execute her. Her sentence was overturned in Ohio due to her low IQ and other mental health issues. She was re-sentenced to life in Ohio. To my knowledge, Indiana has not made a request for extradition.

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    Thanks very much for the info. Any idea why Indiana hasn't requested Brown's extradition? Could it be that they don't really want to execute a woman?

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    Indiana has not executed a woman since before 1900 ( http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/...executions.htm ). Any idea of why they have not extradited Brown would be pure speculation on my part. Hope the info helps.

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    Here's the episode of "Wicked Attraction: Driven by Desire", featuring the Debra Brown/Alton Coleman cases:


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