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I designed this blog to allow you to meet Vernon Lee Evans, the next person to be executed on Maryland’s death row. You can write Vernon a question using the link at the top of the screen or by writing an email directly to MeetVernon@GMail.com. I will print out the emails and mail them to Vernon who is currently in a maximum security cell in Baltimore, Maryland. Vernon will mail me back his responses and I’ll post them here.
I welcome comments and emails from people with different points of view. You can email me at the same address: MeetVernon@GMail.com , just place the word 'editor' in the subject line. I’ve only recently started to write to Vernon, so I’ll be getting to know him at the same time that you are. I hope that this site is helpful. If it turns out to be a success, I'd like to help coordinate more.
More information about Vernon's case and the death penalty in Maryland:
Vernon was convicted of killing David Scott Piechowicz and Susan Kennedy. It was a heinous crime. I welcome members of their families to post here or anywhere they feel comfortable about the impact that this horrible and violent loss has had on their family and loved ones. During the trial, the state put on an impressive case against Vernon and convinced the jury of his guilt. Vernon's state appointed attorney did not put on any witnesses. Vernon maintains that he did not shoot David Scott Piechowitz or Susan Kennedy.
There was only one eye witness to the crime. Vernon's original attorney never brought her to the stand. He said 'she slipped through the cracks.' This witness told police that the shooter she saw was of average height. Vernon stands at 5'2". His nickname is 'Shorty.' Years after Vernon's trial, when the witness was finally shown Vernon in person, she said that he was not the man she saw shoot Susan Kennedy and David Scott Pierchowicz. There are store surveillance tapes that show her watching the killings.
MARYLAND'S DEATH ROW
The University of Maryland Paternoster study shows that there is significant racial and geographic bias in Maryland's death penalty system. Specifically, you are far more likely to be executed if you kill a white person than if you kill a black person, and you are far more likely to be executed if a crime takes place in Baltimore County rather than anywhere else in Maryland. The study shows that there is not a significant bias in terms of the race of the convicted person. The study was commissioned by then Maryland Governor Glendenning and cost the state of Maryland $225,000. Prosecutors helped shape the study and its results take all case differences, such as the severity of each crime and population, into account. You can find a brief summary of the study here. Vernon's April 2005 stay was directly related to this study.
More information can be found at The Death Penalty Information Center. This site has information about issues such as deterrence, costs, mental illness, race, geography and innocence across the country.
This site was put up with a sense of urgency due Vernon's original April 18, 2005 execution date. It has been a work in progress and is intended to meet the changing circumstances of this case.