Friday, March 18, 2016

Last Meals: The Phillip Workman Execution

Adapted from a post on my MaryLovesJustice Facebook page

Phillip Workman, number 4 on this list, was probably a wrongly ‪#‎executed‬ Tennessee man >>Workman TRIED to rob a Wendy's but ran when police were called. He hid underneath a car and said he saw a ‪#‎police‬ officer shoot the policeman who was killed. Both of the officers were attempting to apprehend Workman. I was told by a former Shelby County Corrections Officer, Sgt. Early Story, that the murdered policeman was hated by his coworkers after he crossed a picket line and that he died within his first week back on the street after having been temporarily detailed to work inside the jail for his own safety. Workman's supporters for retrial included the victim's daughter, who felt that Workman was innocent after hearing recantations by witnesses who claimed they had been coerced to give false testimony against Workman.

The embedded video, which is also available at the YouTube link above, is called "12 Craziest Last Meal Requests," showing what condemned men ordered for their last supper. Workman ordered a pizza to be given to a homeless person, but his request was not honored. He refused a last meal.

Workman was convicted largely because Dr. O.C. Smith, the ‪#‎Memphis‬ Shelby County medical examiner at the time, claimed the bullet trajectory showed that ONLY WORKMAN could have shot the policeman. Dr. Smith apparently tried to retract his testimony immediately before Workman's execution by kidnapping himself and strapping dynamite to his person and wrapping barbed wire around his head. Dr. Smith secured notes to his person saying "The doctor lied about bullet trajectory in the Workman trial." Dr. Smith was also the medical examiner when Larry Neal was murdered under secret arrest in the Shelby County Jail in 2003. Neal was a lifelong mentally ill heart patient and my brother. I wrote about Workman's case in the Wrongful Death of Larry Neal website 
>> Dr. Smith had a history of possibly lying to assist murderous police, according to the Workman case. The medical examiner's office failed to conduct any inquest or give any information about why and how Larry Neal, a mentally ill heart patient, was held for 18 days of SECRET ARREST and killed behind bars. 

Dr. Smith was prosecuted by the feds for allegedly strapping DYNAMITE to his own person and staging a false kidnapping. The case ended in a hung jury and was not retried. This reportedly angered some U.S. Attorneys. The Memphis Flyer reported: 

"After the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms decided Smith was a suspect rather than a victim, he was indicted on federal charges. Terry Harris, who was then the U.S. attorney in Memphis, recused himself because the office had a professional relationship with the medical examiner. U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins of Little Rock came to Memphis to prosecute Smith. The trial ended in 2005 in a hung jury. Smith, who did not testify, was not retried." (Read more )

Memphis authorities usually get a free pass, possibly because that is where civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in a conspiracy. Larry Neal's kidnapping and murder in Memphis Shelby County Jail has been denied investigation and his family has been denied due process of law, including responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, for over 12 years. The death of this American with disabilities was denied exposure by censorship to protect killers and due to fraud by The Cochran Firm, the Neal family's wrongful death attorney. See "Cochran Firm Fraud"

After Dr. Smith's antics, Workman won another hearing. Two ‪#‎Republican‬ judges came out of retirement to swing the vote against Workman in the hearing he was given after witnesses who recanted seemed to also include the State's star witness, the medical examiner. Workman was executed in 2007, and Dr. Smith is no longer the Shelby County medical examiner. I was told Dr. Smith then became an "expert witness" for America's corrupt courts. Fox News, Detroit Free Press, ABC News, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, United NationsRandy Short, Maya Schenwar, La Mesha Irizarry, Lorenzo Komboa Ervin,THE BODY COUNT: Police Murder in Memphis, Christopher BondsKatherine Conner, Janet Sol, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (Fox News, I don't know why, but ‪#‎hackers‬ continuously remove the linking capability from your name on this Facebook post.)

More wrongfully convicted people were exonerated in 2015 than in other years, including people on death row. The only way to stop wrongful executions is to eliminate the death penalty.

This article was published in the Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee blog for our anti-dp organization. Please share it with your online networks. 

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