*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.