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AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Rex Warren Mays, who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002.On Sept. 18, 1995, Rex Warren Mays was sentenced to die for the capital murders of Kristin Wiley and Kynara Carriero in Houston, Texas, on July 20, 1992. A summary of the evidence presented at trial follows:FACTS OF THE CRIMEOn the afternoon of July 20, 1992, 14-year-old Jeremy Garza found the bloody bodies of his 10-year-old sister, Kristin Wiley, and her 7-year-old best friend, Kynara Carriero, in his bedroom. Both girls were naked from the waist down and had been stabbed about 20 times. Autopsies revealed that both girls died of stab wounds to the neck and head. Though they also suffered vaginal trauma, no semen was found.Rex Warren Mays, who lived next door to Jeremy Garza and Kristin Wiley, had been fired from his job earlier that same day. One-and-a-half years later, Mays confessed to killing Kristin and Kynara, confirming investigators' suspicions.As Mays related in his voluntary statement to the police, he left his workplace on July 20, 1992, at about 2:45 p.m., feeling upset about losing his job and concerned about how he would convey the news to his wife. Though he drove home, he parked his car a few houses down the street from his own residence and walked to his neighbor's house. Upon hearing loud music from within the home, Mays pushed open the unlocked front door and called for Kristin Wiley. As he walked through the house, he saw Kristin and Kynara running away from him. Mays followed them and asked them to lower the volume on the stereo. Kynara answered, "No, we're not going to turn it down! Just get out of the house!" Then, Mays began stabbing both girls with a knife he took from the kitchen. When he was certain they were dead, Mays crawled out of the house through a window leading to the backyard, and was about to climb over the privacy fence when he remembered that he left his car parked down the street. Mays re-entered the Wiley house through the same window, and walked out through the front door.Upon reaching his car, Mays placed the murder weapon and his bloody shirt in a duffle bag that he kept in his car. He then drove home, parked his car in his garage, told his wife that he had been fired, and showered to wash away the blood that had splattered onto his legs. Shortly thereafter, when emergency personnel appeared on the scene, Mays observed the commotion, allowed the victim's mother to use his telephone, and invited several law enforcement officers into his house for refreshments. The next day, he washed his bloody clothes, threw the knife into a nearby ravine, and placed the duffle bag in the garbage.Blood traces from Mays' laundered clothing revealed DNA that linked to the victims' DNA. Crime scene investigators also found blood on the privacy fence that separated Mays' backyard from the Wiley's.PROCEDURAL HISTORYOn April 12, 1994, Mays was indicted for capital murder in the 176th District Court of Harris County, Texas. He pleaded "not guilty." Trial on the merits began Sept. 5, 1995, and on Sept. 12, 1995, the jury returned a verdict of "guilty." Following a separate punishment hearing, the same jury answered "yes" to the future dangerousness special issue and found that no mitigating circumstance warranted that Mays be sentenced to life imprisonment. Consequently, on Sept.18, 1995, the trial court assessed punishment at death.In February 1997, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals abated Mays' appeal and remanded the case to the trial court for factual findings and conclusions of law regarding the admissibility of Mays' written confession. After the trial court filed its findings of fact and conclusions of law on that issue, the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Mays' conviction and sentence in an unpublished opinion. Mays then petitioned for a writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court, but was denied on Oct. 12, 1999. In that same year, the Court of Criminal Appeals denied his state petition for habeas relief.On March 31, 2000, Mays filed his federal habeas petition. The federal district court denied both relief and a certificate of appealability on Feb. 22, 2001. On Jan. 3, 2002, the Fifth Circuit also denied Mays' request for a certificate of appealability.On or about July 2, 2002, Mays filed a petition for certiorari to the Fifth Circuit. The Supreme Court denied Mays' petition for certiorari review on Sept. 12, 2002.PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORYNo evidence was introduced at trial showing that Mays had been previously charged with any

naked girls executed by stabbing

Over in Canada this weekend, the nude bodies of 2 young girls, aged 15 and16, were found at a parking lot. Both young girls had been stabbed to deathwith a steak knife, that was left near the bodies by the killer. The clothingof both girls was found in a pile, near the bodies. This suggests that Carolmanaged to force them to strip naked, BEFORE he began to stab them, due to thefact that no bloodstains were found on the clothes. Today, a 32 year oldToronto man named Carol Cronton Edwards was formally charged with two countsof first degree murder, in connection with these 2 killings. This case hasreceived quite a bit of national media attention in Canada, over the past fewdays. We learn below that there have been 12+ unsolved murders of femaleprostitutes in the city of Toronto, during the past 4 years, EIGHT of them inthe past 22 months alone, and police strongly suspect that a good old SERIALkiller is indeed at work in the area. Right now, they are not saying whetherCarol is a suspect in any additional killings, beyond these 2. But obviouslythe manner in which 32 year old Carol killed these 2 young girls, aged 15 & 16,and then dumped them together in a parking lot, suggests that Carol just mighthave serial killing tendencies and potential. Police say they do NOT believethat either girl murdered by Carol was actively prostituting herself. They haveno clear motive, other than rage and hate and a desire to shed human blood,which is more than enough of a motive, in my book. Cops say these girls just happened to be "in the wrong place at the wrongtime", and Carol seized upon their vulnerability and attacked them. Of course,from Carol's perspective, these girls were actually "in the RIGHT place, at theRIGHT time. See folks, it's all a matter of whose VIEWPOINT you are looking atthings from. :) Both girls did apparently have some minor family and domesticproblems, and neither girl was enrolled in school, despite only being 15 & 16years old. Police are awaiting the results of autopsies and forensic examinations of thetwo girls, and only then will they tell us whether the dead girls were sexuallyassaulted. Investigators believe that one girl SAW her friend being stabbed todeath, and tried desperately to flee, running for 50 metres, before Carolcaught up with her and stabbed HER to death. Interesting. He did not tie up orrestrain either girl. He just stabbed one to death, then ran & caught up withthe second one, who was fleeing in terror. If you would like to see illustrated drawings of our 32 year old doublemurderer, as well as his 2 victims, simply point your web browser to: _CI-DEAD7.html Carol is an unemployed welder, and certainly does have a rather distinctiveappearance, judging by this sketch. Neighbor's of Carol say that he is afriendly man, who did not resist arrest at all. Naturally they are just shockedand amazed that there neighbor has turned out to be a double murderer. Police say that a phone tip led them on the trail that ultimately resulted inthem identifying and charging Carol as the murderer. Although it is not clearexactly who provided the tip, or how that tip led directly to Carol, who hadmade a successful escape from the murder scene itself. The two teen girls hadgone club hopping on Friday night, when they apparently crossed paths with withour enraged predator. We also get some details on the backgrounds of the 2 girls, in the below newsreports. And the customary comments from their bereaved family members &friends. Take care, JOE The following appears courtesy of yesterday's United Press International newswire:Monday April 6, 1998Toronto man charged with teen slayingsTORONTO, April 6 (UPI) A 32-year-old Toronto man has appeared in court chargedwith the murders of two teenage girls whose bodies were found this weekend. Carol Cronton Edwards was charged today with two counts of first- degree murderin the slayings of 16-year-old Isha Cleverdon and 15-year- old Cheri Doucette,whose bodies were found early Saturday. The girls had been stabbed to death,and their naked bodies left near a parking lot. Edwards's arrest has captured national headlines, coming as Toronto police arestill trying to solve the murders of a dozen prostitutes, apparently by aserial killer. Police are waiting for a forensic report and are not saying whether the girlswere sexually assaulted.`` Detective Kim Carr said, ``There is nothing to indicate that these two youngladies were anything more than in the wrong place at the wrong time.'' The two teens are believed to have been killed sometime between 11.30 p.m. ESTFriday and 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, when a worker in an auto body shop near theparking lot found one body in the driveway. Police found the other body in the parking lot. Staff Inspector Ed Hoey, who was shaken by the murders, says, ``Here's twoyoung girls, 15 and 16 years old; they could be anybody's daughter, anybody'ssister.'' Hoey says he was so shaken after seeing the bodies he immediately called hisdaughter in Japan to reassure himself. -------------------------------------------- The following two articles both appear courtesy of the 4/7/98 online editionof The Toronto Star newspaper:Police credit telephone tip about slayings 32-year-old suspect faces murder charges By Phinjo Gombu and Jim Wilkes Toronto Star Staff ReportersA phone call set police on the trail that led to the rapid arrest of a welderin connection with the brutal weekend slayings of two teenage Toronto girls. ``We received information from a phone call which set us on a differentdirection,'' Staff Inspector Ed Hoey of the homicide squad said yesterday,hours after Carol Cronton Edwards, 32, appeared in a North York courtroomcharged with two counts of first-degree murder. The call was received just hours after police released details Sunday nightabout the discovery of the then-unidentified bodies in a North Torontoindustrial park Saturday morning. The information included details of the clothing found near the bodies of IshaCleverdon, 16, and Cheri Doucette, 15. Another call came from Rosemary Cleverdon, Isha's mother. Specific details about a pair of running shoes and a cloth-covered elastic bandin the hair of one of the victims gave Cleverdon the uneasy feeling it might beher daughter. Yesterday, more details began to emerge slowly about the last horrific hours ofthe two young friends, buddies as children only to drift apart and then bereunited about two weeks ago. Instead of returning home from a fun evening of club-hopping Friday nightacross North York, their bloody bodies were found early Saturday on ChampagneDr. behind an auto body shop in an industrial mall near Dufferin St. and FinchAve. by a man going to work. They were naked and had been stabbed repeatedly by a person wielding a steakknife, which was found left near the bodies. One officer said the girls' clothing was piled nearby, suggesting that theteens were naked when the stabbing started. The position of the bodies has led investigators to believe that one teen mayhave seen the other being stabbed. They believe she ran for her life across theparking lot, but was caught by her killer and stabbed to death about 50 metresaway. ``It was horrific,'' the officer said. Detectives and police forensic experts were back at the murder scene for athird day yesterday looking for clues. Hoey said a telephone call, around 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, after news of themurders hit the supper hour newscasts, ``set us on the right course.'' A Metro police fax was issued to news media hours later, announcing that anarrest had been made by detectives. Hoey said that as a result of the call, detectives got rolling and arrived soonafter at Edwards' 12th-floor apartment on Fountainhead Rd., in the Finch-KeeleSts. area, after getting permission for two extended search warrants. Edwards' mother refused to speak with reporters who knocked on her dooryesterday. The welder was remanded in custody and ordered to make another appearance incourt tomorrow. ``We were at this location for quite some time prior to making an arrest,''said Detective Sergeant Doug Grady, the lead investigator. Police are asking for the public's help to find witnesses who may have seen thetwo victims get into a shiny black 1995 Firebird in the Jane St.-Finch Ave.area around midnight Friday. A black 1995 Firebird is undergoing extensive forensic testing. One friend has told detectives that the pair got together on Friday eveningbefore heading out for an evening at North York clubs. Police say they have no idea of a motive in the killing. Grady said police are awaiting the results of an autopsy before saying whetherthe girls were sexually assaulted. Police also emphasized that the girls werenot involved in the sex trade in any way. Hoey said neither of them was attending school at the time of the killings. Cleverdon lived on and off with her mother in Scarborough, while Doucette was arunaway from a foster home in the west end of the city, Hoey added. Residents of the Fountainhead Rd. highrise said they were shocked to learn thattheir neighbour had been charged with the girls' murders. Jasmin Shahid, who lives next door, said police had been waiting outsideEdwards' apartment for hours when he returned home Sunday night. She said he spoke quietly with an officer in the hallway, then went inside theapartment with several detectives who had emerged from an elevator. Shahid, 20, described Edwards as an ``overly friendly'' man who occasionallyspoke with her on the elevator in the big building. ``He seemed like a nice guy,'' she said. --------------------------------------------------Teen slaying victims just ordinary kids Shocked friends remember young girls as accused to appear in court By Peter Cheney Toronto Star Staff ReporterToday, Cheri Doucette and Isha Cleverdon are known as murder victims. Not solong ago, they were known as something else again: ordinary kids. If their lives were ordinary, their deaths were anything but. The details arethe stuff of urban nightmare: They were found naked, stabbed and dumped outsidean industrial mall in North Toronto. Doucette was 15, Cleverdon was 16. Their bodies were discovered early Saturday morning. A 32-year-old unemployedwelder has been charged with the slayings. Carol Cronton Edwards, who was formally charged yesterday and was to appear incourt again today, faces two counts of first-degree murder. The slayings of the two young girls have shocked countless people. At QueenVictoria Public school in Parkdale, where they became childhood friends,Doucette and Cleverdon were remembered as kind, decent girls, making lives forthemselves despite less than ideal circumstances. Both were from divided families. Neither was well off. Doucette's mother workedas a waitress in a Parkdale restaurant. Cleverdon lived with her father in ahighrise Ontario Housing building. Despite their limited means, both seemed to have had the resilient cheer socommon at Queen Victoria, a school that is the Toronto school board'sequivalent of Saint Elsewhere - old, lacking in facilities, but possessed ofits own underdog pride. ``This is a very special school,'' said principal Dorothy Calot. ``There's astrong sense of community. Some of the children here are poor, but they get anexcellent education, and they are loved.'' Yesterday, Queen Victoria was a school in shock, numbed by the news that two ofits former students had been brutally slain. A tragic event support team workerwas sent to the school, ready to listen to students or teachers who needed totalk. At Queen Victoria, news of the murders and the arrest was like a bad dream,particularly for teachers who knew Doucette and Cleverdon when their lives wereless difficult than they later became. Four years ago, Doucette was a Grade 6 student at Queen Victoria. One of herteachers recalled her as quiet and smiling, a girl who always wore a ponytail,seemed to be friends with everyone and liked to write poetry and sing in theschool choir. Doucette was also intensely interested in social justice. The teacher recalledhow the children once held a mock election after blacks were given the vote inSouth Africa. Doucette was fascinated with the event and the issues thatsurrounded it. ``For the kids, the idea was that everyone was equal, no matter what theirdifferences were,'' the teacher said. ``That was very important to them.'' Doucette was remembered as a quiet, pleasant girl who had an emotionalattachment to the school's teachers. When she left the school, she gave hermusic teacher a stuffed bear as a keepsake. Cleverdon was recalled as a kind girl with a wide circle of friends, part of``a very special group of kids.'' Even though Doucette and Cleverdon left the school years before, they areclearly well remembered. Doucette has two younger half-brothers who stillattend the school. Calot said the girls' slayings had shaken students and staff. ``There is a sense of loss. Two children who went here and were loved aregone.'' After leaving Queen Victoria, Doucette and Cleverdon went to Parkdale PublicSchool. They both later moved to other schools after their parents split up. At Parkdale Public, students remembered them yesterday. ``When I saw the news I couldn't believe it,'' one student said. ``I rememberIsha - she was just a regular kid. She was nice.'' Ashley Higstron, 15, was in Doucette's class at Parkdale. She cried yesterdayas she recalled her friend: ''We were always together.'' Doucette's and Cleverdon's lives were fractured by family breakups. Doucettelived in a foster home for a period. Although they were friends as young children, the two had lost touch with eachother, reconnecting only recently. Both had experienced difficulty in school. According to police, neither wasattending classes. Higstron said Doucette had maintained contact with her friends in Parkdale evenafter she moved out of the neighbourhood. She said Doucette had visited herjust a week before she was killed. Another friend of Doucette's, George Grant, 15, remembered her as a friendly,conciliatory girl: ``She kept the peace,'' he said. Cleverdon's grandfather told The Star that another granddaughter was to havejoined her and Doucette for an evening of fun. ``Luckily she didn't go,'' Daniel Cleverdon said. ``It's scary out there.'' With files from Henry Stancu------------------------------------------- The following appears courtesy of the 4/5/98 CNews Canadian Press news wire:April 5, 1998 Two more Toronto women murderedTORONTO (CP) Police say there is no evidence to connect the deaths of twoteenage girls over the weekend to any other murders in the city over the pastyear. The bloodied and naked bodies of the girls were found near each other on theground


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