HELP STOP VIRGINIA’S 103rd EXECUTION – February 19th, 2009
2009 does not need to be another banner year for Virginia Executions- we can all help stop them.
There will be a protest on Broad Street in Richmond on Thursday February 19th from 4-6 p.m. at the intersection of Broad and 11th (outside of the Governor’s office). Please come help show that Virginians are not for the Death Penalty. We will have some signs but feel free to bring your own. Bring your phones too so we can call the Governor’s office to ask him to stop the execution.
If the sentence is not commuted, there will also be a vigil outside of the prison where the execution is taking place that night. Details are at the bottom of this article.
Edward Nathaniel Bell is scheduled to be killed by the Commonwealth of Virginia at 9 p.m. on February 19th, 2009 for the shooting death of Sgt. Ricky L. Timbrook, 32, from the Winchester police Department during a late evening police chase on Oct. 29, 1999.
At a time when most of the country is turning away from the death penalty, Virginia has already scheduled her first execution of 2009. We are second only to Texas in the number of prisoners killed, and if this scheduled execution isn’t halted, Bell will be the 103rd person killed by the Commonwealth since 1977. Please take a few minutes to say “Enough!” and help us fix this broken system.
Please take one or more of the following actions – Details below:
1. Contact Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and ask him to stop the execution
2. Forward this and ask people you know to also contact Governor Kaine
3. Support VADP’s Efforts
ACTION #1: Contact Gov. Tim Kaine RIGHT NOW.
The most effective way to communicate your message at this stage is to write a letter asking the governor to grant clemency by commuting Bell’s death sentence to life without the possibility of parole.
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
You can also contact the governor by telephone and/or fax. If you live in Virginia, be sure to start by stating your name and where you live.
Phone: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351
ACTION #2: Ask others to join you in taking action. Ask people you know to also contact Governor Kaine, including people at religious services or other activities you attend.
ACTION #3: Please support VADP’s efforts on-line HERE or by mailing a donation to:
P.O. Box 4804
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Thank you for supporting these actions. VADP will keep you up to date on all scheduled executions in Virginia.
Please go to our website, http://www.vadp.org, for additional information, and feel free to call us at 434-960-7779 if you have any questions.
Edward Nathaniel Bell was charged in the shooting death of Sgt. Ricky L. Timbrook, 32, from the Winchester police Department during a late evening police chase on Oct. 29, 1999. Police found Bell in the basement of a house near the shooting and was initially charged with burglary.[i] Evidence against Bell included the tight police perimeter around the crime scene on the night of the shooting.
Extensive media coverage, including flyers with pictures of the victim’s family outside the courthouse during trial did not restrain Judge Dennis L. Hupp from holding the criminal proceedings in Winchester Circuit Court in January 2001. During trial, prosecutors testified that Bell shot Timbrook because he had arrested him in 1997 for carrying a concealed weapon and Bell has feared that Timbrook would find a gun or drugs. Bell is a Jamaican national.
The prosecution introduced a witness who testified that Bell told him if he ever encountered Timbrook again, he would shoot him in the head since he knew police wore bullet-proof vests. A single shot to the head killed Timbrook.
Defense introduced evidence that showed a second individual was in the vicinity of the shooting at the same time and could have easily been the actual shooter. DNA from the gun came from at least three individuals and could not conclusively link Bell to the gun. Nonetheless, after deliberating for only three hours, an all-white jury of nine women and three men convicted Bell of capital murder and recommended that Bell be sentenced to death. At the formal sentencing hearing on May 30, 2001, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp confirmed the jury’s sentence.[ii] On June 7, 2002, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld Bell’s conviction.[iii]
[i] Associated Press. Oct. 30, 1999.
[ii] Associated Press. May 30, 2001.
[iii] Associated Press. June 7, 2002 and Edward Nathaniel Bell vs. Commonwealth of Virginia.
Vigils Taking Place on the Nights of Executions
GREENSVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Execution site – Jarratt, VA
Gather at 8:30 pm end by 9:30 pm
DIRECTIONS: The Greensville Correctional Center is located in Greensville County, not far from the town of Jarratt in Sussex County. Jarratt is at exit 20 of Interstate 95, 55 miles south of Richmond, and 20 miles north of the North Carolina border. After taking exit 20 turn right at the end of the exit ramp, if coming from Richmond (turn left if coming from Emporia). The first stop sign is at the intersection with US 301. There are convenience stores at the intersection, which have rest facilities (there are no rest facilities for us at the prison). Turn left (south) onto 301 and go eight-tenths of a mile. Turn right on the state road 397, Ridge Road (there is a marker for Greensville Correctional Center). Cross the railroad tracks and continue into Greensville County. You’ll soon see the prison and a sign on the right for parking in the field. Park there.
Bring a flashlight and bug repellent.
Those needing or willing to provide a carpool, please call VADP at 1-888-567-VADP