Phillip Brown – black, age 21
Sentenced to death in Warren County, Kentucky
By: A judge, after a recommendation of death by a jury
Date of crime: Jan. 12, 2001
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Sherry Bland was beaten and stabbed to death in her apartment over a color television. Brown was convicted of her murder in 2003, and received a life sentence without parole for at least 25 years. He was also found guilty of robbery and burglary. On appeal after the Kentucky Supreme Court threw out the conviction, the case was moved from Adair to Warren County, and the jury returned a guilty verdict, with a recommendation of death
Prosecutor(s): unknown Defense lawyer(s): unknown
Sources: ABC 13 WBKO 5/9/06; Associated Press 5/13/06; www.corrections.ky.gov/inmateinfo/deathrow.htm
James Hunt – white, age 56
Sentenced to death in Floyd County, Kentucky
By: A jury
Date of Crime: 11/30/04
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Hunt’s wife Betina was seeking a divorce. He went to her apartment, shot the lock off the door, and then shot Betina to death as she was summoning help via a 911 call.
Prosecutor(s): Defense Lawyer(s): Harolyn Howard
Sources: Lexington Herald-Leader 6/2/06 (2006 WLNR 9455125); AP Alert – Kentucky 7/29/06.
William Meece– white, age 19
Sentenced to death in Adair County, Kentucky
By: A jury
Date of crime: Feb. 26, 1993
Prosecution’s case/defense response: During a burglary of their home, Meece killed William and Beth Wellnitz, along with their son Dennis. The daughter of the victims plotted with Meece to kill her family in order to get her inheritance. She pleaded guilty and testified against Meece. Meece had confessed to the murders, giving a detailed description of how he committed the crime. Defense argued the confessions were a result of coercion by police because they offered him a plea agreement. When he was indicted, Meece was in jail on a charge of agreeing to kill someone for $2,000.
Prosecutor(s): Brian Wright Defense lawyer(s): Vincent Yustas
Sources: Lexington Herald-Ledger 9/19/06 (Westlaw), 10/20/06 (2006 WLNR 18251039), 10/21/06 (2006 WLNR 18298060)
Shawn Windsor– white, age 40
Sentenced to death in Jefferson County, Kentucky
By: A judge, after a guilty plea by defendant
Date of crime: Dec. 28, 2003
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Windsor was convicted of beating and stabbing to death his estranged wife, Betty Jean, and their 8-year-old son Corey. At the time of the killings, there was a valid domestic violence order in place. He was on the run for seven months until a tip from “America’s Most Wanted” led to his arrest. Windsor pleaded guilty to the murders, and also asked the judge to fire his attorneys and give him the death penalty. During sentencing, defense argued Windsor was abused as a child and mistreated by his mother. Windsor was outraged that his defense used his mother as a reason for why he committed the murders. Windsor told police he committed the killings as part of a suicide pact.
Prosecutor(s): Carol Cobb Defense lawyer(s): Jay Lambert
Sources: The Kentucky Post 10/27/06 (2006 WLNR 18801796); Associated Press 11/17/06 (Westlaw), 11/17/06 (Westlaw)