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Adams execution date set for March 2, 2009

Published: Thu, October 30, 2008 @ 10:24 a.m.


Bennie Adams sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of Gina Tenney.

YOUNGSTOWN — Bennie L. Adams is sentenced to die for the 1985 murder of Gina Tenney.

Judge Timothy E. Franken of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court imposed the death sentence this morning and set Adams’ execution date for March 2, 2009.

The eight-woman, four-man jury that convicted Adams of aggravated murder with a death specification last week recommended on Wednesday that Adams be put to death.

Tenney, a 19-year-old Youngstown State University student, who was Adams’ upstairs neighbor in an Ohio Avenue duplex, died by strangulation on Dec. 29, 1985. Her frozen body was found floating in the Mahoning River near West Avenue the following day.

Adams, 51, was indicted in the case last year after a DNA match was found in evidence police had preserved for 22 years.


1khia213(5 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

So, let me make sure I have this straight.-If you kill six black people by burning them to death, you get life. If you kill one white woman by choking her, you get the death penalty?

And people wonder why black folks don't trust the justice system.

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2Bull_Chip(170 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Pardon me, it was the ACLU that campaigned to prevent the death penalty in cases where the perpetrator had reduced or limited mental capacity. The perpetrator in the arson to which you refer was determined by the court to have reduced or limited mental capacity, therefore the death penalty and potentially the conviction would have been overturned on appeal.

Because of the above, your final statement should read
‘And people wonder why retarded folks do trust the justice system’

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3khia213(5 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Bull Chip,

I don't believe in the death penalty for ANYONE, but when you see it applied as it has been this week, it shows why prosecutors and juries can't be trusted to apply it fairly.

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4vanceunique(6 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

its crazy how the justice system works!THE PICTURE IS PLAIN AS DAY!Black people dont stand a chance unless they fight for it! Its so messed up how an 18 year old white male set a house on fire and he get sentenced to life for killing a whole family and detectives come up with some 23 year old DNA from this black man and he gets sentenced to death!How predjudice is that? when will it ever end? No one is being fair! And they wonder why the world is like it is!We are ALL equal but yet black people still get treated like dogs!In the long run there is only one judge and jury and i pray that God have mercy on all of you sick bastards souls!!!

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5roniox(1 comment)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

i am very upset with the verdict how can the davis cases get life for 6 deaths and the adams cases get the death penalty that is crazy there is and has been two laws one for blacks and one for whites and the blacks lose everytime and you wonder why we dont stop for the cops.

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6concernedcit(2 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as black and white. The jury in Bennie Adams (and yes there was an African-American juror) had to weigh the aggravating factors against the mitigating factors. And in his case, they found that the aggravating factors outweighed the mitigating factors. The jury had to do the same thing in the Davis trial. And they found the opposite. Age, mental ability, and other factors come into play in the mitigation process. You need to sit on one of these juries to see how difficult it is to recommend death - but the law is the law. If you want real change, you need to talk to your legislator to outlaw the death penalty.

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