Ring Leader; Ricky Smyrnes

Ring Leader; Ricky Smyrnes

Victim, Jennifer Daugherty

Victim, Jennifer Daugherty

In an update from our last post; Justice for Jennifer – Part III – Another Conviction; Ricky Smyrnes, the purported ringleader of the Greensburg 6, was convicted to die of lethal injection. On Thursday a jury decided he was not mentally retarded, therefore, he was eligible for the death penalty. By law, a person that is mentally retarded can not be put to death. This stirs my earlier question; does that mean they can be kidnapped, tortured and murdered?

Smyrnes lawyer, Terry Faye, argued that he was mildly retarded, citing a defense expert. D.A. John Peck countered stating that Smyrnes knew what he was doing. He knew Daugherty would have to be held captive in that apartment. “I only ask that you give us justice in accordance with the law, based on a preponderance of the evidence.”

D.A. John Peck

D.A. John Peck

After Peck’s closing argument, the jury had to decide Smyrnes fate; Should he sent to prison for the rest of his life with no possibility of parole or should he be put to death. In less than 4 hours the jury decided death was to be the outcome. Peck said of the death penalty; “It is reserved for the worst of the worst murderers, the worst of the worst defendants…”

“I don’t care what he did, he’s a person,” Terry Faye told the jury during her closing argument, trying to spare Smyrnes the death penalty. “I’m not saying I feel sorry for him. I’m not saying I like him; I’m not sure if I like him, but you can’t ignore the evidence,” Faye said.

He’s a person? So was Jennifer Daugherty and she was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by 6 people she thought were her friends. Yes, she was living with a mental disability. Does that mean that she is any less of a person? What these 6 monsters did to her was inconceivable. Congratulations to D.A. John Peck on securing another conviction. The last 3 members of “The Greensburg 6” are scheduled for upcoming trials and it is believed that 2 of them will cop pleas… Let’s get 6 for 6 and get “Justice for Jennifer…”

By Trib artist Randy Bish

By Trib artist Randy Bish

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