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Death penalty delayed for suicidal inmate

Brandon Joseph Rhode, 31, attempted suicide hours before he was to be put to death for three 1998 slayings.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Brandon Joseph Rhode, 31, attempted suicide hours before he was to be put to death for three 1998 slayings.

ATLANTA --- The Georgia Supreme Court delayed the execution Tuesday of a man convicted of three 1998 slayings who attempted suicide hours before he was to be put to death.

The court's order postponed the execution of Brandon Joseph Rhode, 31, so his attorneys have a chance to consult with their client and file a new mental competency challenge. Georgia corrections officials have rescheduled the execution for 9 a.m. Friday.

Rhode's attorney Brian Kammer filed an emergency motion arguing that the attempted suicide proves Rhode was "incompetent" and that executing him violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

"He's utterly terrified and just hopeless," said Kammer, who said his client tried to slit his wrists and his throat.

Rhode was convicted in 2000 of the killings of Steven Moss, 37, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin during a burglary of their Jones County home. His co-conspirator, Daniel Lucas, was also sentenced to death in a separate trial and is on death row.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/21/10 - 05:51 pm
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Poor little baby. What a

Poor little baby. What a joke.

dougk
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dougk 09/21/10 - 05:59 pm
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On a typical day, I can
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On a typical day, I can recite a litany of reasons why the death penalty should be abolished. This particular case has effectively rendered me mute.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/21/10 - 05:59 pm
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What?? I mean...what?? The

What?? I mean...what?? The dude is going to be executed, he tries to kill himself, and they delay the execution until he gets better?? And his defense attorney thinks that people are going to buy this "he's not firing on all cylinders" angle? After all, the killing occured in 1998, and he waits until a few hours before he was to be executed to try to kill himself? Come on. He knew what he was doing then, and he knew what he was doing now. They should've let him finish the job..just turn around and close the door. He once again has hurt the families of his victims, by robbing them of scheduled justice.

freeradical
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freeradical 09/21/10 - 06:08 pm
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I'm just so glad that since

I'm just so glad that since he is in a government facility I can rest

assured that this dear gentleman will be evaluated only by fully

accredited, government educated, mental health professionals, trained

to provide him with the non-judgemental, non-biased , neutral based

counseling he deserves.

The positive affirmation he will receive from these government trained

professionals, free of any negative religious based judgements, will have

him feeling like his old self in no time.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/19/12 - 05:31 pm
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dougk
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dougk 09/21/10 - 06:32 pm
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It would not be the first
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It would not be the first time that someone has been declared mentally incompetent to be executed, made well, and then executed. There's really something cruel and unusual about that....but if the state does not carry out the death, the penalty does not carry the symbolic message that the state is the only one that can assume control over life and death of, not only this guy, but potentially all of us.

marie21
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marie21 09/21/10 - 06:43 pm
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"He's utterly terrified and

"He's utterly terrified and just hopeless," said Kammer, who said his client tried to slit his wrists and his throat. "He was very morose, frightened and subdued. This was a product of him just being in terror, of losing hope altogether." SO WHAT!!!! I mean, I do hope he has made things right with the Lord but so what if he is terrified and hopeless. What about the people he thoughtlessly killed??? The delay is so wrong!!!

airbud7
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airbud7 09/21/10 - 07:08 pm
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So he tries to kill himself

So he tries to kill himself so he wouldn't get killed? and it looks like it worked

TheArmyWife
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TheArmyWife 09/21/10 - 07:52 pm
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Kindly afford him all of the

Kindly afford him all of the respect and decency he afforded the victims of his crime.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 09/21/10 - 09:04 pm
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A 1986 Supreme Court ruling

A 1986 Supreme Court ruling held that states cannot execute anyone deemed mentally insane, and a suicide attempt may prompt a new assessment, said Richard Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

I wonder if his lawyer told him this little fact??? "OK dude, attempt suicide and we can get you declared insane then they can't execute you"

freeradical
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freeradical 09/22/10 - 06:09 am
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The positive affirmation he

The positive affirmation he will get from the government trained and

accredited mental health professionals will see him thru this crisis .

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/22/10 - 06:55 am
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So let me see here...we are

So let me see here...we are going to stop him from killing himself so we can (gov) kill him at a later date...doesn't compute-compute-compute..let him do the job...this will save a few bucks...How much time did he give his victims...(we always FORGET about them)

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 09/22/10 - 08:34 am
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they could have just "taken
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they could have just "taken their time" getting him to the hospital then there wouldn't have been a need for a fomal execution, he could have executed himself and save the taxpayers the time, trouble and expense

Newsreader
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Newsreader 09/22/10 - 11:36 am
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My first reaction is how

My first reaction is how stupid is this??? I mean delaying an execution due to a suicide attempt? So what if he is insane now that he knows he will die for his actions? Was he sane when he killed? OK, then the execution is based on the crime, not the aftermath. Now, second thought, he wanted to take his own life to show the court, police, public, and the family that he was in control, and would decide death on his own terms. Apparently, he has lost some of his intestional fortitude while living on our tax dollars. I wish he had been more sucessfull in his suicide attempt and less sucessfull in his murdering. I also wish that the guards had been distracted and not found the convict until he had expired. Hopefully, this will all be corrected with a proper execution on Friday.

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