Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 15, 1988 · Page 9
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Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Tuesday, March 15, 1988 Page 9 Two Convicted Murderers Executed Today Associated Press Protesters hold candlelight vigil before Willie Darden's execution this morning Vietnam To Investigate 29 American MIA Cases STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Convicted murderer Willie Jasper Darden, who maintained his innocence through 14 years on death row and became the focus of an international debate on capital punishment, was executed today in Florida's electric chair. Darden, 54, was convicted of fatally shooting Lakeland businessman James C. Turman while robbing his wife of $15 in September 1973. "I was not guilty for the charge for which I was arrested and this morning I tell you I am not guilty of the charge for which I am about to be executed," Darden said in a final statement to 30 witnesses in the death chamber. "I go this morning with a clear conscience. I bear no guilt. I'm at peace with myself, with the world, with each of you. God bless you.'' Darden winked and nodded at one of his attorneys just before the hood was put over his head, and was declared dead at 7:12 a.m. after 2,000 volts of electricity flowed through his body for two minutes. Two puffs of smoke rose from his right leg where one of the electrodes was attached. Earlier today, Wayne Robert Felde was executed in Louisiana's electric chair for the 1978 murder of a policeman. It was the first time two inmates were executed the same day in the United States since Aug. 28, when three murderers were put to death, in Florida, Alabama and Utah. "I think it's long overdue. He did it to himself. I'm just thinking right now I want some peace of mind ... it's been a long time and I'm glad it's finally over," said Turman's widow, Helen Turman Baum, minutes after Darden's execution. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) Vietnam says it is investigating 29 cases that may involve Americans listed as missing in action from the Vietnam War, U.S. military experts said today upon returning from Hanoi. Lt. Col. Joe Harvey, commander of the U.S. Joint Casualty Resolution Center, made the announcement following four days of what he called "positive and productive" talks with Vietnamese officials. "The Vietnamese told us they are investigating 29 instances where they have received information, material or remains," he said in a statement. "But they said it will take at least three weeks for them to draw any conclusions from these investigations or to have remains to repatriate." He said the U.S. team provided new information to the Vietnamese government, emphasizing cases mentioned by U.S. presidential emissary and retired Gen. John W. Vessey during his mission to Hanoi last August. 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Darden's case attracted worldwide attention, including pleas for clemency from the pope and Soviet human rights activist and Nobel peace prize winner Andrei Sakharov. Activists said Darden was railroaded because he was black and the victim was white. Darden spent 14 years on death row, one month less than Howard V. Douglas, who has been on death row in Florida since December 1973. Darden refused his last meal this morning, said prison spokesman Bob Macmaster. By 6 a.m., Darden had showered, and his head and lower right leg were shaved to facilitate the flow of electricity, the spokesman said. • On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, the llth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal judge and the state Supreme Court rejected Darden's appeals. His last hope was a reprieve from Gov. Bob Martinez, who signed Darden's seventh black- bordered death warrant last week and said Monday he had no plans to issue a stay. remain unaccounted for from the war in Vietnam, which ended in April 1975 with a communist victory over the U.S.-backed South Vietnam government. Progress on the issue has been slow principally because the United States does not have diplomatic ties with the Vietnamese government. Harvey said the U.S. team also visited a site near the major northern port of Haiphong where a U.S. aircraft had crashed. Haiphong, over which U.S. planes flew intense bombing runs during the war, is about 60 miles southeast of Hanoi. Medicaid Patients Will Pay More WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 50 percent of the low-income elderly people would have to pay an extra $50 to $75 a month for their Medicaid-funded nursing home care under new regulations that take effect next month. The new regulations are meant to enable states to "shift more of the financial responsibility for the cost of nursing home care to the recipient," the Department of Health and Human Services said in a notice published Feb. 8 in the Federal Register. The regulations are scheduled to take effect April 8. From 20 percent to 50 percent of institutionalized Medicaid recipients would be affected, the department said. 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