EXECUTION WATCH: Robert James Campbell(TX)

Alexandra Rendon

Robert James Campbell

*Thug: Robert James Campbell (age 18, at time of murder)
*Date of execution: May 13, 2014 (shortly after 6p.m. CST
*Date of crime: January 3, 1991
*Victim: Alexandra Rendon (age 20)
*Last meal: Same shit salad served inmates at Polunsky
*Final words: TBD, though his last words to Ms. Rendon will not be forgotten…”run bitch.”

Now comes one Robert James Campbell, to receive final justice for the cruel rape and murder of an innocent young lady that was scheduled to be married in four months. Alexandra Rendon was buried in the wedding gown, instead of a symbol of joy it was now a symbol of loss and pain.

Facts of the case:

Campbell and his accomplice, Leroy Lewis, abducted the young Bank One teller as she fueled her car at a service station not far from her southwest side apartment about 11 p.m. on Jan. 3, 1991. The men drove her to a muddy field in the 9700 block of Knight Road, where she was sexually assaulted and ordered to run.

Campbell, 18, paroled months earlier after serving four months of a five-year sentence for two robberies, fired a shot at Rendon’s head – and missed. The second shot slammed into the woman’s back with deadly effect.
Campbell’s friends later told authorities he had boasted of the crime. Police recovered Rendon’s coat from Campbell’s mother; her watch and high school class ring from the killer’s girlfriend. Lewis, also 18, confessed to police. He was paroled in May 2012 after serving nine years of a 35-year sentence in the case.

There is no question of his guilt, the only question most will ask is, why did it take so long for Campbell to receive justice?
The simple answer is, weasels wrote writs:

*On April 2, 1991, a Harris County grand jury indicted Campbell for rape- and kidnaping-related capital murder.
*On May 14, 1992, after a trial in the 232nd District Court of Harris County, jurors found Campbell guilty of capital murder.
*On May 21, 1992, after a punishment hearing, the judge entered an order sentencing Campbell to death.
*On June 14, 1995, on direct review, the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Campbell’s conviction and sentence.
*On April 15, 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review of the Court of Criminal Appeals decision.
*On April 23, 1997, Campbell filed his first application for state habeas corpus relief. The Court of Criminal Appeals denied Campbell’s petition on March 8, 2000.
*On Nov. 2, 2000, Campbell filed his federal petition for habeas corpus relief in the Southern District of Texas. The federal district court denied the petition on March 19, 2003.
*Campbell filed his second application for state habeas corpus relief on June 2, 2003. The Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed Campbell’s second application for habeas corpus relief on July 2, 2003.
*On July 22, 2003, Campbell moved in the Fifth Circuit for permission to file a successive federal habeas corpus petition. The Fifth Circuit denied Campbell permission on Nov. 13, 2003.
*On Dec. 9, 2004 – in connection with Campbell’s initial federal petition for habeas corpus relief – the Fifth Circuit denied Campbell a certificate of appealability, thus denying permission to appeal.
*On Nov. 14, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review of the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision denying Campbell a certificate of appealability.
*On Aug. 14, 2006, Campbell filed his third application for state habeas corpus relief. The Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed Campbell’s third application for habeas corpus relief on April 25, 2007.
*On Nov. 26, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review of the Court of Criminal Appeals decision regarding Campbell’s third application for state habeas corpus relief.
*Campbell filed his fourth application for state habeas corpus relief on Sept. 5, 2012.
*On Nov. 7, 2012, the Court of Criminal Appeals denied relief on Campbell’s fourth application for habeas corpus relief.
*On Oct. 7, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review of Campbell’s fourth application for state habeas corpus relief.
*On Nov. 18, 2013, the 232nd District Court of Harris County scheduled Campbell’s execution for May 13, 2014.

In addition, Campbell’s lawyers have tried and failed with recent appeals claiming he is mentally incompetent and that the state needs to disclose who the drug provider is as a result of the unusual(but successful) results from the Lockett execution in Oklahoma.

It appears Campbell will finally receive justice this coming Tuesday night.

For the family of Alexandra Rendon, nothing can assuage the pain you have had to endure all this time. As for the uncle, Israel Santana, I can only hope you have awakened to the suffering others have to deal with from the actions of those you defend and not just the selfish pity you feel for the loss of your loved one.

31 Responses

  1. Not soon enough. I still think that, in the wake of what happened in Oklahoma, we should use steel cable instead. It’s reusable and we can have Styx playing Renegade in the background.

    • In light of what happened in OK, cardiovascular disease is stealing the thunder without the credit.
      If I hear the word “botched” one more time…he’s dead, right?
      Steel cable would be good, rope or even lead poisoning would be fine with me.

  2. And some appropriate mood music:

    Also more Styx:

  3. I’m sick of this botched bullshit. The iv failed and he had a heart attack. So, what were they suppose to do? Revive him?

    Also, the 5th circuit issued a stay. 23 years after the murder and they are just now claiming he’s retarded? Unfucking believable.

  4. Whar’s Bones?

    • Bones cannot preside when there is a stay.

      • this was rich:

        ” It’s not about which drugs are used, Campbell’s defense wrote in its appeal, but about the transparency of the entire process.”

        Sounds a lot like the old dem bromide, “it’s not about evidence, it’s about the seriousness of the charge.” or something.

        • For me it’s not about what his mental competency is today, but what it was when he carried out the kidnapping, robbery, rape and murder of a sweet young girl.

  5. Swearingen is back in the trial court on 5/16 @ 1:30 pm. I believe it was sent back for an execution date. The defense is arguing that it was sent back for more dna testing to be ordered. Either way, the fact that Judge Jackass set it on a Friday afternoon tells me that he doesn’t intend to do shit. It’s just all stalling the execution.

    • I cannot find out what happened on Swearingen. Yesterday, his fanboi site removed any mention that he had a court date this afternoon. How odd.

  6. RE Swearingen, Scott Engle uploaded two raw videos. including a tape of the entire hearing. I have to go dig out my earphones since the sound on my little notebook sucks. But, it looks like nothing happended but more stalling bullshit by the defense and judge asshole.


  7. Here is Lockett’s Last Supper.
    I wonder if he knew dehydration causes veins to collapse and if so, how did he know?
    /inquiring minds an’ such

  8. There’s a scumpal vs. scumpal bitch fight going on over Rodney, the violent serial rapist/murderer, Reed. Well, it’s not like I haven’t seen this type of crap before. lol!

  9. It appears old Rapist Rodney Reed got caught with a razor blade and had all his shit taken away from him. Hahahahaha! He has a hearing set on the 14th, hopefully the judge will set an execution date.

  10. How about a Death Row Dump thread? That way I can post my updates on the thugs and the idiots who love them?

  11. That’s an idea, I’ll ask Nuke if he can add a DRD tab in the banner.
    In the right side bar there is a link to Planck’s Constant, turns out he is a rabid anti-DP type that is convinced that innocent thugs have been executed.

  12. I took a quick look at that blog. They use dishonest studies and stats. Pretty disgusting. Even their stupid poll questions are slanted.

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