Terrance Carter – Black, age 27

Sentenced in Red River Parish, Louisiana
By: a judge upon jury recommendation (12-0)
Date of crime: July 2006
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Carter tied the son of his ex-girlfriend Corinthian Houston (age 5) to a chair in an abandoned home and lit him on fire. Carter directed his attorneys to not put on any case during the penalty phase.
Sources: AP Alert 09/26/08 – LA 21:45:57, 10/07/09 – LA 12:12:20; The Times (Shreveport, LA) 09/27/08 (2008 WLNR 27448496), 03/14/09 (2009 WLNR 23005537).

Felton Dorsey — Black, age 32

Sentenced in Caddo Parrish, Louisiana
By: A jury
Date of crime: 4/1/06
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Dorsey and an accomplice (who later testified against him) were burgling and robbing an elderly woman in her home when the woman’s son—51 year-old retired firefighter Joe Prock—stopped by for a visit. Dorsey and his accomplice tied Prock up, beat him with a handgun, and set him and the house on fire. Even though Prock’s mother was tied up with a blanket over her head, she survived. No information about the defense approach to the case was available.
Sources: New Orleans Times-Picayune 5/10/11 (2011 WLNR 9249454).

Lee Roy Odenbaugh – White, age 41

Sentenced in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana (moved from Morehouse Parish)
By: a judge upon jury recommendation
Date of crime: December 2006
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Odenbaugh shot to death his wife, Sondra Porter-Odenbaugh (age 39), and her mother, Jessie Porter (age 58). The defense argued that Odenbaugh was no longer a risk to others, and that these murders were only the result of mixing prescription drugs and crack cocaine. On the automatic appeal the defense argued that the prosecution withheld information of mental illness in Odenbaugh, but the appellate courts did not find the arguments persuasive.
Sources: News-Star (LA) 11/07/08 (2008 WLNR 27262120); AP Alert 08/14/09 – LA 21:34:20.