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Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by DaddyBare
Is there a link to the court papers and testimonies?
Facts of the Case:
Milton Mathis was sentenced to death for the murder of Travis Brown III, 24, and Daniel Hibbard, 31. The two men were shot to death in their home in Houston, Texas. Mathis was 19 at the time. The victims were shot in the head with a .45 calibre pistol. Police believed the motive for the shootings was robbery.
On December 15, 1998, at approximately 8:00 or 8:30 a.m., a woman and her 15-year old daughter went to the home of a man named Chris. Chris rented rooms in his home to Brown and Hibbard. Travis Brown and Milton Mathis were in Travis's room. While the woman, her daughter and Hibbard sat in Chris's room, Chris went into the kitchen. Shortly thereafter, Chris heard gunshots from Travis's room and turned to see Mathis exiting the room with a gun in his hand. Mathis claimed that Travis had just shot himself. Chris told Mathis to put the gun down, however Mathis ordered Chris and the other three back into Chris's room where he walked up to the girl and shot her in the head, leaving her alive but paralyzed from the neck down. Mathis then shot Daniel Hibbard in the head, killing him.
Mathis was subsequently tried by a jury and convicted of capital murder. The jury then returned answers to special issues submitted under the Texas Criminal Code, which required imposition of the death penalty. On September 21, 1999, the trial court entered the judgment and sentence of death. On February 13, 2002, the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction.
reply to post by mishigas
your very right.. lots of successful people never made it past grade school... my own uncle was one of those... had to quit school to take care of his mom and siblings.. my own mother was one of those sibs... sure it was tough on him still he came to be a well liked and respected land developer... he also did not have an IQ of only 62
"I look at this case as a failure on our part," she said. "I don't think Milton Mathis should be on death row."
Fred Felcman, the Fort Bend County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Mathis, called him violent individual and "a little thug."
"He'd already been assaulting people and killing people's dogs and holding them for ransom," Felcman said. "People were almost more upset by the dogs than by killing people. ... He's got a low IQ but he's very street savvy and very street smart."