Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making Plans



October 18, 2017. 

You can put that date in your calendar.  It's when they plan to murder Melvin Bonnell.

It was in Cleveland,  November 28, 1987.  That's when Bonnell shot Robert Eugene Bunner twice. Bunner died.  Four months and a day later, March 29, 1988, Bonnell was sentenced to be killed for the murder.

Years passed.  There were appeals.  New claims.  DNA testing.  Litigation over whether there would be more.  May 14, 2010.  Not quite 22 1/2 years after he murdered Brunner, just over 22 years since the court said he should be killed for it,* the prosecutor asked the Supreme Court of Ohio to set a date for the killing.

This morning, they did.  They scheduled the murder 2 1/2 years from now.

October 18, 2017.  

That's 29 years, 10 months, and 20 days since Bonnell killed Bunner.

And then.

Off with his head!

Or whatever method we use then.  Unless, of course, he gets a stay.  Or they run out of drugs.  Or bullets.  Or air.  Or electricity.  Or whatever we use to kill folks 30 monts from now.

30 months.  Do you know where you'll be that day?  Do you know where you were 30 months ago?  

Melvin Bonnell?  H can tell you.  He was in prison 30 months ago.  On death row.  Where he'd been for for about 25 years.

30 months from now?  On a gurney.  

October 18, 2017.

You can put it in your calendar.  If Bonnell has a calendar, it's probably in his.









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* Pause, here, for the Ghandian koan: We kill to show that it's wrong to kill.

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