Man who killed Ga. teacher executed

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 11:37 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 7:13 AM
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JACKSON, Ga.- A 45-year-old convicted murderer was executed Tuesday night for the 1988 shotgun slaying of an Atlanta preschool teacher who was abducted after her car ran out of gas.



Emmanuel Hammond was put to death by injection at the state prison in Jackson after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal. He was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m.

Hammond did not make a final statement, but nodded when a chaplain prayed for his soul. After the injection was administered he nodded his head slowly and then shook his head, mouthing something inaudible while staring straight forward.

He was pronounced dead 13 minutes after the injection began.

His execution came amid a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental, a part of the three-drug cocktail used in Georgia's executions. His attorneys had sought time to gather more information on how the state obtained the drug, claiming in court filings it came from a "fly-by-night supplier operating from the back of a driving school in England."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delayed the execution briefly Tuesday night until the full court could consider Hammond's appeal. The appeal was rejected late Tuesday night in a one-page ruling.

All along, prosecutors urged judges to uphold the conviction of the man nicknamed "Demon."

27-year-old Julie Love was slain after her car ran out of gas as she was returning home from a "career chat" meeting with friends in north Atlanta. As the petite instructor walked down the road, Hammond, his girlfriend Janice Weldon and his 18-year-old cousin Maurice Porter drove past and offered help.

After she declined, telling the group she lived nearby, Hammond jumped out with a sawed-off shotgun and threw Love into the car.

They drove her to an elementary school in a rundown neighborhood, where Porter rifled through her purse and found a little cash and ATM cards. At gunpoint, Hammond forced Love to reveal her pin number. But she was so nervous she gave him the wrong number.

Hammond sent Porter and Weldon to withdraw money from her account. When Weldon realized they would be returning empty-handed, she told Porter: "Demon going to be mad," according to court records.

She was right. Hammond hit Love repeatedly with the gun barrel, and Porter pulled her aside and raped her. After a disgusted Weldon left, Hammond bound Love's hands, feet and neck with coat hangers and covered her in a blanket. She somehow managed to free her hands, yelling "Don't do it."

Then, Hammond marched Love into the woods. About three minutes later, Porter heard a gunshot and saw Hammond return with blood on his face. When Porter said to his cousin, "you didn't do what I think you did," Hammond's response was "had to."

Love's disappearance put her friends and family into a frenzy. Her fiance, Mark Kaplan, who had proposed just a week before she went missing, found her abandoned red Mustang and prodded police to launch an investigation. He made flyers, organized rallies and turned his home into a staging area for hundreds of volunteers.

It took almost a year for investigators to get a break in the case. In July 1989, after suffering a beating by Hammond, Weldon tipped police about Love. Officers outfitted her with a recording device and sent her to talk to Porter, who corroborated what she said.

Authorities arrested Porter and Hammond, and found Love's body in August 1989 about 30 yards from where Porter told them it would be.

Porter pleaded guilty to murder and rape and was sentenced to life in prison. Weldon was given immunity for her testimony.

Hammond's lawyers tried a new appeal strategy last week to delay the execution, saying they needed more time to investigate the state's supply of sodium thiopental, a lethal injection drug that's in short supply. They said in a hearing Monday that Georgia got the drug from Dream Pharma, a London-based company based in a driving school.

A Fulton County judge rejected the argument, saying Hammond had no evidence the drug was "adulterated or inferior." The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday also denied appeals from Hammond that were based on where Georgia obtained its drug.

"We wouldn't allow a dying pet to be euthanized using drugs with such dubious origins," said Sara Totonchi of the Southern Center for Human Rights, which filed the lawsuit. "That Georgia would carry out its business of extinguishing a human life in this manner is outrageous and embarrassing."

Love's friends and family, meanwhile, are still trying to cope with her death. Roz Cohen, an administrator at The Epstein School, where Love worked, recalled a vivacious, energetic teacher whose life ended far too soon.

"She was so excited about her future," said Cohen. "A life, right at the beginning, was just cut short because she was at the wrong place at the wrong time."

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Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 01/26/11 - 01:33 am
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How about Georgia's supply of

How about Georgia's supply of bullets? Electricity? Are we running short there too?

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/26/11 - 01:42 am
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I knew the Supreme Court had

I knew the Supreme Court had better things to do than go to the State of the Union address.

mahalo ke akua
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mahalo ke akua 01/26/11 - 01:57 am
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lol Suzy Q...how about

lol Suzy Q...how about gassing him with the dogs and cats...

Ole School
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Ole School 01/26/11 - 05:09 am
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NO , NOT WITH THE DOGS AND

NO , NOT WITH THE DOGS AND CATS.... after all they poor animals did not do anything wrong .... that would be cruel and unusual punishment for the little critters .......

mahalo ke akua
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mahalo ke akua 01/26/11 - 07:13 am
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I must agree with you Ole

I must agree with you Ole School that it is cruel and unusual punishment for dogs, cats, and other helpless little critters.

My family and I adopted a little handicapped dog who has lost 2/3rd of her left front leg/paw and 1/3 of her right front leg/paw. She is a cutie and it saddens and sometimes angers us to watch her hobble. She lost her legs due to careless and neglect. She jumped off something high and the owner did not and/or was not able(financially) to fix her legs is the story we got.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/26/11 - 07:01 am
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22 years of delays thanks to

22 years of delays thanks to death penalty lawyers who will do ANYTHING to throw sand in the gears and frustrate justice. So long, Demon -- glad you finally got what is coming to you....

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 01/26/11 - 07:45 am
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Here's hoping that Demon is

Here's hoping that Demon is screamin' in the heat and enjoying his time with his namesake. Rotten piece of garbage. And his attorneys were worried about the sodium thiopental being adulterated or inferior. I'm sure that the little bit of "pain' that this piece of trash experienced was far less painful than being raped, bound with hangers, being terrified, and then being marched into the woods and executed. I really can't say what I want to here, but I hope both suspects rot in Hades, along with their scumbag attorney.

mom of two boys
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mom of two boys 01/26/11 - 07:50 am
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This article doesnt even tell

This article doesnt even tell us the teacher's whole name....

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 01/26/11 - 08:35 am
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May he burn in hell for

May he burn in hell for eternity.

johnnywhittle
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johnnywhittle 01/26/11 - 09:08 am
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Wonder how the minds of

Wonder how the minds of people ? always seem to worry more about the killers than they worry about the brutle death of the vic. Can you believe in any manner that this woman was not horrified. Lets get real; when they are tried and convicted by a jury of their peers, some little legal issue like where the drug came from, should delay this being carried out.

jones255
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jones255 01/26/11 - 09:43 am
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This story proves that not

This story proves that not ALL criminal defense lawyers crawl from under rocks -- but most do. At least the ones from Hammond's camp do. And another thing -- "The Southern Center for Human Rights" -- what a bunch of losers -- what about the rights/lives of the victims that are brutally killed. Where are their rights? Too bad Hammond's execution was painless. Wish the thiopental had been diluted 75%.

maddog
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maddog 01/26/11 - 09:50 am
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The purpose of the injection

The purpose of the injection is to kill. If it does the job, who cares what quality it is, it works.

WW1949
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WW1949 01/26/11 - 10:02 am
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The Southern Center is the

The Southern Center is the disgrace to Georgia for taking sides with this killer. No embarrasment that Georgia executed a cold blooded killer. Why should anyone care about him. The care should be reversed to the family of the person raped and killed. She did the suffering. Demon didn't suffer, he only went to sleep.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/26/11 - 10:34 am
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I agree with you 1949....why

I agree with you 1949....why did it take so long.

Lonewuf
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Lonewuf 01/26/11 - 11:18 am
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I dont understand some of

I dont understand some of you...... Justice has been done, and he (Demon) was put to death. The maximum penalty under the law. An eye for an eye. A life for a life....But to wish someone to burn and/or "rot in hell" for an eternity is a bit much. I understand your anger, but to wish that on ANYONE is beyond my comprehension.

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mike1sc 01/26/11 - 11:22 am
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Spent 32 years working for

Spent 32 years working for the Federal Prison System, so let's be clear as to what my feelings are about carrying out the final orders from the court. However, before you go and crucify the Southern Center for Human Rights, you need to look a little deeper into both their past and our system's past as well. Especially in the South, but well into the 80s and in some places even the 90s, there were people convicted and placed on death row that were entirely innocent of the crime, and it was the corruption of the law enforcement entity that allowed it to occur, usually based on public pressure to find the persons responsible for a hideous crime.

Obviously that was not the case here. With the shortage of the chemicals used, the state should have strapped all three of these fine citizens to gurnies and let them share in the same injections.

While it is so irritating to all of us the amount of time it takes to carry out the order of the court, every time I see someone released from 20 years in prison on death row who wasn't even guilty of anything...it gives pause. In the heat of the moment, all of us would volunteer to push the injection button, and in the case being discussed here, I think all of us still would. But with people being released from all around the country after years of incarceration, due to poor investigations, or witheld evidence, and now being found innocent of what they were incarcerated for....pushing that button on one of them wouldn't make you feel very good after the fact when it surfaced you had just executed an innocent man. Now all the scumbags of the Earth get to benefit from this, but if you think it would be acceptable to kill an occasional innocent person to get to the guilty ones faster, then you may have some issues as well.

My thoughts go out to the family of the poor young woman that was brutally and savagely murdered that night. May the ones that were responsible all rot in hell for what they did.

Cadence
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Cadence 01/26/11 - 11:23 am
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Sometimes when I hear of an

Sometimes when I hear of an execution, I feel a twinge of sadness, but then I hear the details of the crime and I think I could have executed the person myself. There is no reason, no excuse, no humanity or compassion at all in what was done to this poor soul, Ms. Love.

mike1sc
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mike1sc 01/26/11 - 11:27 am
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And Lonewuf...I didn't see

And Lonewuf...I didn't see your comment until after I posted mine. Where we differ, I think "rot in hell" is unfortunately appropriate in this case. These were true predator scumbags who had no regard for human life and the thought of them "rotting in hell" just seems appropriate.....sorry.

Lonewuf
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Lonewuf 01/26/11 - 11:35 am
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@mike1sc ..... You're talking

@mike1sc ..... You're talking "eternity" here.... as in NEVER ENDING ..... Come on... really??????

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/26/11 - 11:38 am
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lonewuf....The details of

lonewuf....The details of this crime will make you say things like that....he needed to go. jmo

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 01/26/11 - 12:27 pm
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I will say this: the only

I will say this: the only countries that still have executions are the US, China, middle eastern countries, and some African countries.

If that is a group of people with which you wish to identify, be my guest. I agree with all of you that what this guy did was awful, but government should never take the life of a citizen (to prove that killing is wrong).

Lock him up for without parole (it's cheaper than an execution believe it or not).

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 01/26/11 - 12:51 pm
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Oh, and to those of you who

Oh, and to those of you who say "rot in hell" - I assume you are religious (I am not). Jesus said "that which you have done to the least of us, you have done to me." Jesus said to visit criminals in jail.

What if the guy accepted Jesus and repented? Wouldn't that make him fit for Heaven in your eyes?

I'm sure Jesus would be really proud of you wishing this man to rot in hell.

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1313 01/26/11 - 01:11 pm
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Buckle up Emmanuel. Its the

Buckle up Emmanuel. Its the Law.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/26/11 - 01:23 pm
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. They asked if she needed a

.

They asked if she needed a ride. Love said no and pointed to a house and said that she lived there and began walking up the driveway. But Hammond saw her turn back after the three had driven away, so they went back and asked her again if she needed a ride.

Love said she didn’t and that was when Hammond jumped out, grabbed her, hit her with a sawed-off shotgun and threw her into the car.

First they they tried to get money out of an ATM using her card, making Hammond "madder and madder" when it wouldn't work; he wanted money to buy drugs.

Then Maurice Porter raped Love.

Weldon demanded to be taken home when Hammond hit Love, and it was after that, Weldon said, that Hammond shot Love in the face with the shotgun.

More than a year later, Weldon led police to an illegal dump on Grove Park Place, off Johnson Road in northwest Atlanta, and there police officers and cadets found Love’s remains hidden among the weeds and trash.

Maybe we should have shot him with a shotgun.....forget PC

jones255
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jones255 01/26/11 - 03:25 pm
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@SeenitB4 - I'll vote for

@SeenitB4 - I'll vote for that, and leave the body in the same illegal dump. @Mike1sc - I agree with you. DNA has cleared many people who just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time, or looked like the actual killer. For the wrongly accused, society owes them money for jail time, and arrest the law enforcement, DA, or witness that messed up. As for the Souther Center - just like a defense lawyer, they chose Hammond to defend -- as they crawled out from under the rock. They knew he was guilty. Pick someone who is innocent to rally behind.

innorthaugusta
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innorthaugusta 01/26/11 - 10:41 pm
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A gallon of gas and a match

A gallon of gas and a match would have done the trick.

albertoli
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albertoli 01/27/11 - 01:16 am
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rope

rope

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 01/27/11 - 02:58 am
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The concern that his

The concern that his execution wouldn't be humane enough is absurd. Despite his total lack of regard for the life of his victim he still received a more peaceful death than hers.

That, in itself, is a disgusting shame.

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