October 7, 2009

After 10 years on death row, freed.

After 30 days of freedom, dead.

17 comments:

former law student said...

I'm pretty sure they had seatbelts in Texas before Mr. Toney was incarcerated.

He was enjoying freedom from restraint when he flew from the vehicle.

ironrailsironweights said...

A couple of the ads on the linked page are things you wouldn't see in, say, the Washington Post: Branded by Christ Cowboy Church, and an exhortation to stock your fish pond.

Peter

AllenS said...

From the article: "Mr. Toney was arrested in 1997 while jailed on an unrelated charge.

He told another inmate that he committed the bombing, although he later testified that it was a scam to get another inmate released. He said he played along with the charges because he thought he was behind bars at the time of the bombing."

It truely is tough going through life when you are stupid.

Fred4Pres said...

He was enjoying freedom from restraint...

Nicely done!

muddimo said...

Sounds like there was a problem with the prosecution, not a revelation showing that he was innocent.


For all we know, Mr. Toney lived 10 years longer than he would have if not convicted. Kind of seems likely, actually.


wv: hecra = a 10-sided variant of okra

MadisonMan said...

I was interested to read that a Justice of the Peace proclaimed him dead.

Does anyone else have power to proclaim that?

Dogwood said...

Bad Mojo day in the Althouse Vortexx.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Madison Man said...

Does anyone else have power to proclaim that?

I do. So you really don't want to piss me off.

Lem said...

The GPS told him to get back death road ;)

Joan said...

The whole tone of that article was weird. The guy was driving recklessly, not wearing a seatbelt, and died when he was ejected from the truck as he lost control of it. But the tone of the article removes the victim's responsibility for his own death. Even the phrase "one vehicle accident" makes it sound as if the road somehow decided to make him crash. I don't get it.

bearbee said...

His website doesn't indicate that he admitted to the bombing rather another inmate said Toney told him he did it.

Another abusive childhood - deserting father, screwy mother.

Methadras said...

Bearbee, an abusive childhood is no excuse for becoming a criminal much less a murderer.

traditionalguy said...

Saddest thing I have heard in many years.The adjustment period was not easy on him. May he rest in peace.

bagoh20 said...

Innocence is no excuse.

Ern said...

Sounds like an appointment in Samarra to me.

Charlie Eklund said...

He told one of the jailhouse snitches that he had been paid $5000 to do the bombing then planted it at the wrong house.

Considering that little nugget, the one vehicle accident suddenly doesn't sound so accidental to me.

Slim Jim said...

Traditionaguy says this is the saddest thing he's heard in years.

Yeah! Much worse than the 45,000 people who die every year for lack of health insurance.