Daroyce Mosley is scheduled for execution on August 28, 2007.
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Defense attorneys were in the courts trying to keep DaRoyce Mosley from becoming the 22nd condemned inmate executed this year in Texas and the first of three set to die this week on consecutive nights in America's busiest capital punishment state.
DaRoyce Mosley was convicted in the death of Patricia Colter, one of four people gunned down during a robbery on July 21, 1994, in a bar in the east Texas city of Kilgore.
Mosley contended he was involved only in the robbery and not the killings.
Cynthia Orr, one of Mosley's trial lawyers, said the trial was held amid threats and rumors about Ku Klux Klan violence. Mosley is black. All the victims were white. Eleven of the jurors were white and one black. A request to move the trial elsewhere was denied.
Son, brother set for execution
By MAGGIE SOUZA
Sunday, August 26, 2007
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KILGORE — Holding a tissue to her tear-streaked face, Charline Jackson whispered to herself. "That's my baby," she murmured as she gazed at a picture of her son. Soon, pictures are all she will have of him.
Her son, DaRoyce Mosley, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday.
Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo
Charles Hollis trys to comfort Charline Jackson on Saturday as Jackson tries to discuss the trial of her son DaRoyce Mosley, who received the death sentence and is scheduled to be executed Tuesday. On Oct. 28, 1995, Mosley was found guilty of the 1994 capital murder of Patricia Colter and was sentenced to death.
Mosley, 32, was sentenced to death for killing a bar patron in 1994. His uncle, Ray Don Mosley, was also convicted in the shootings, and got three life sentences.
Even as Mosley's family members and friends prepare themselves for his execution, they remain positive that he is innocent.
This makes it especially hard to face Mosley's fate, said Reshunda Ross, his sister.
"If we felt like he was guilty and this was happening, it wouldn't hurt as much," she said, trying to choke back tears. Around her, Mosley's mother, two grandmothers and family friends, began to weep as well.
Mosley's mother and sister offered no explanation for his innocence other than to say the act was not part of his character. However, his sister hinted that others at the scene may have had a role in the shooting. Ross said that Christopher "Kaboo" Smith, a cousin of Marcus Smith — also a suspect in the shootings — may have given false testimony against Mosley.
"(Kaboo's testimony) was a shock because him and DaRoyce were best friends," Ross said. "I believe
(Kaboo) turned on his friend to save his cousin."
She dismissed the idea that her brother had committed murder for money, since he had just won a settlement for a traffic incident.
"Money was not the issue," she said, adding that being in the wrong place at the wrong time was his crime.
"If he's guilty of anything, that's what he's guilty of."
Ross and Mosley's mother and grandmothers pointed out that he would never have shot someone because of race, since he was friends with many white people.
"Deep in my heart, I know he did not do it," Jackson said of her son. "I think the system is doing him wrong. They're taking an innocent life when they shouldn't."
Mosley was majoring in engineering at Kilgore College when the shooting happened. He played basketball and football, ran track and maintained good grades, his mom recalled.
"Never got in any trouble (before being arrested for the shooting)," Jackson said, shaking her head. "He didn't even have a parking ticket."
"He was a bright, smart young man," said Edna Powe, one of Mosley's grandmothers. "I'm sorry about the people that got murdered. I do not believe my grandson did that. He wasn't that type of person."
His sister agreed.
"I don't believe my brother could have done this," Ross said.
"My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones that night," she continued. "We also lost two loved ones. Not only did we lose (DaRoyce) then, we have to lose him for a second time on (Tuesday). And for good this time."
Powe and Mosley's other grandmother, Francis Mosley, have talked with him about that night during visits. They are sure he is telling the truth when he says he didn't kill anybody.
"My grandson told me, he said, 'Nanny, they done stacked the cards on me,' " Francis Mosley said. "It's not right."
Once a week for the past 13 years, Jackson has visited her son in prison. She will get four more hours with him Tuesday before watching him be executed.
"It's hard," she said. "It's hard not putting my arms around my baby. It's hard not kissing him. If I could trade my life for him, I would, because he ain't had a life."
Still, Johnson refuses to give up hope that the execution may be called off. Francis Mosley doesn't want to think it will happen, either, but at Mosley's urging she has begun setting up funeral arrangements.
"Tuesday's going to be hard for us," Francis Mosley said. "If (it happens). If. That's a big word."
Come to the Governor's Mansion in Austin or one of the protests sites in the list of cities below to protest the Texas death penalty every time there is a scheduled execution.
Statewide Execution Vigils
Huntsville - Corner of 12th Street and Avenue I (in front of the Walls Unit) at 5:00 p.m.
Austin - At the Governor's Mansion on the Lavaca St. side between 10th and 11th St. from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Beaumont - Diocese of Beaumont, Diocesan Pastoral Office, 703 Archie St. @ 4:00 p.m. on the day of an execution.
College Station - 5:30 to 6 PM, east of Texas A &M campus at the corner of Walton and Texas Ave. across the street from the main entrance.
Corpus Christi - at 6 PM in front of Incarnate Word Convent at 2910 Alameda Street
Dallas - 5:30 pm, at the SMU Women's Center, 3116 Fondren Drive
Houston - 5:30 to 6:20 at the Dominican Sisters Mother House at 6501 Almeda Rd. (corner of Almeda and Holcombe), Parking is accessible from Almeda Rd.
Lewisville - St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 1897 W. Main Street. Peace & Justice Ministry conducts Vigils of Witness Against Capital Punishment at 6:00 pm on the day executions are scheduled in Texas.
McKinney - St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community located at 110 St. Gabriel Way. We gather the last Saturday of the month between 6:00 to 6:30 to pray for those men/women scheduled to be executed in the next month and to remember the victims, their families, and all lives touched, including us as a society.
San Antonio (Site 1) - Archdiocese of San Antonio, in the St. Joseph Chapel at the Chancery, 2718 W. Woodlawn Ave. (1 mile east of Bandera Rd.) at 11:30 a.m. on the day of execution. Broadcast on Catholic Television of San Antonio (Time-Warner cable channel 15) at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the day of execution.
San Antonio (Site 2) - Main Plaza across from Bexar County Courthouse and San Fernando Cathedral - Noon
Spring - Prayer Vigil at 6 PM on evenings of executions at St Edward Catholic
Community, 2601 Spring Stuebner Rd for the murder victim, for family
and friends of the murder victim, the prison guards and correctional officers, for the family
of the condemn man/woman, for the man/woman to be executed and to an end to the death
Official Website: http://stopexecutions.blogspot.com
Added by niris on July 1, 2007