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      Cecil Emile Davis - Washington Death Row


      Yoshiko Couch, 65




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      Davis was sentenced to death in Pierce County on February 23, 1998 for raping and killing 65-year-old Yoshiko Couch of Tacoma in 1997. After Davis' sentence was overturned by the Washington Supreme Court on November 4, 2004, he was again sentenced to death on May 18, 2007.

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      Supreme Court upholds death penalty in 1997 murder

      The Washington Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a man convicted of randomly killing and raping a 65-year-old woman while her disabled husband was in the house.

      The court issued its decision Thursday on Cecil Davis' appeal stemming from his conviction of killing Yoshiko Couch in 1997.

      Davis had appealed the death sentence because jurors had seen him in shackles during his first trail. In 2004, the Supreme Court vacated his sentence and Davis was re-tried in 2007, when he again was found guilty and sentenced to death.

      Two justices dissented from the ruling Thursday saying that while Davis' crime was brutal, similar crimes have been punished with life in prison without chance of parole and not the death sentence.

      http://www.king5.com/news/crime/Supr...170547416.html
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      In today's United States Supreme Court orders, Davis' petition for writ of certiorari was DENIED.

      Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Washington
      Case Nos.: (80209-2)
      Decision Date: September 20, 2012
      Rehearing Denied: January 10, 2013
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      Execution date set for Tacoma killer, but more appeals likely

      A Pierce County judge Thursday assigned a Tacoma killer a date with the executioner, but Cecil Davis is expected to appeal again before that day arrives.

      Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper set Dec. 17 as the date Davis, 54, should be executed and gave the twice-convicted killer until Dec. 1 to decide whether he wants to hang or be injected with a lethal cocktail of chemicals.

      But deputy prosecutor John Neeb, who prosecuted Davis, said he expects the defendant's defense team to file appeals paperwork before then and obtain a stay of execution.

      Two juries have decided that Davis should die for murdering 65-year-old Tacoma resident Yoshiko Couch in 1997 while her invalid husband was in the house but unable to help her.

      The first death sentence was overturned on appeal, but the second was upheld by the state Supreme Court last year. Davis' lawyers took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it declined to hear the case, court records show.

      Neeb said Davis has other avenues of appeal despite those rulings and likely would exhaust them.

      Davis also was convicted of murdering Jane Hungerford-Trapp in a separate case. He's serving a life sentence for that conviction.

      http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/1...#storylink=cpy
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      Family confronts killer they call a 'monster'

      The man who raped and murdered a 65-year-old Tacoma woman in 1997 now has his execution date set.

      But prosecutors warn that while execution is scheduled for Dec.17, Cecil Davis will likely stay alive for years as the case moves through appeals.

      The prosecutor originally asked execution to be set for Jan. 25, the 17th anniversary of Yoshiko Couch's horrific murder in her Tacoma home. However, certain laws around when the paperwork was received forced the date to be much sooner.

      Davis declined to say anything in court.

      "The method of execution shall be by intravenous injection or at your election if you wish, hanging by the neck until you're dead.," Judge Ron Culpepper informed him.

      "We rarely seek the death penalty and when we do it's in the most egregious of cases," Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

      Seventy-eight people, all men, have been executed in Washington since 1904, the date the state uses as a reference point.

      Right now eight men, including Davis, are waiting on death row.

      The most recent execution was Cal Brown in 2010 for the torture, rape and murder of a Burien woman, Holly Washa, almost two decades before.

      Lindquist doesn't expect Davis' execution for another five to 10 years.

      "You're saying there are many other steps he can take still?" KIRO 7 said.

      "He's exhausted one level of appeals -- but there's another level, and then another level," he said.

      "You cannot bring the person back under our system of justice," defense attorney Eric Nielsen said. "We give every opportunity for somebody to fight for their life."

      Death penalty cases are costly. The state spent more than $97,000 just on the physical execution of Brown in September, not counting the all the other court costs from appeals.

      http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/fami...monster/nb2GF/
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      California man sues state for not executing family's killer sentenced to death decades ago

      30 years after the murder of his mother, sister and 2 nephews, a California man is suing that state for not executing the killer, even though he was sentenced to death.

      It has some people in Washington state wondering if they can pursue the same option.

      Kermit Alexander said he trusted in the legal system for years. But, the killer is still sitting in prison decades later. Because of that, Alexander filed a lawsuit demanding California put in place an execution protocol and end the murderer's life.

      Alexander won a small victory last month when a superior court judge agreed that he had standing to bring the action, so there will be a hearing on the merits of the suit.

      Washington state Governor Jay Inslee put a moratorium on the death penalty last year, but the California case has some Washington families looking at their options.

      Jane Hungerford Trapp was found dead at the top of a stairwell in Tacoma in 1996. Cecil Davis was convicted of her murder, and another, and was sentenced to death.

      20 years later, Davis remains in the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.

      "We grew up learning that if you break the law, the law will punish you," said Kathy Obert, Hungerford-Trapp's niece. "Where is his punishment? He gets a new free home, paid for by us. This is just outrageously wrong."

      Obert said her family will be following the California case closely as they work to figure out if there are any other options when it comes to getting Davis executed.

      Jessie Ripley is Hungerford Trapp's daughter. She said it's been exceptionally difficult having her children grow up without a grandmother and spending most of her adult life without a mom.

      "He (Davis) doesn't get to say, 'Oh I wish I could see my family,' because, guess what? His family can go visit him. I don't get any of that. My children don't get any of that," Ripley said. "I'm sitting here working. My family is sitting here working to support him in a prison. Somebody who took something from us. Now I have to support him? Where's the justice in that."

      Governor Jay Inslee's office declined comment on this story, but it is expected that as long as he is in office, the moratorium on the death penalty in the state will remain in place.

      http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com...#ixzz3TWuYyTSY
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