Gerald Mitchell Executed For Charles Marino Murder

Gerald Mitchell was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of Charles Marino

According to court documents seventeen year old Gerald Mitchell would force Charles Marino and his younger brother in law at gunpoint to a remote location. Mitchell would rob the pair before shooting both of them, Charles Marino would pass away from his injuries

Gerald Mitchell would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

Gerald Mitchell would be executed by lethal injection on October 22 2001

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When Was Gerald Mitchell Executed

Gerald Mitchell was executed on October 22 2001

Gerald Mitchell Case

Houston (Harris County), Texas

Mitchell was executed by lethal injection on October 22, 2001.

Date of offense: June 4, 1985
DOB: 12/27/67
17 at time of offense
Race: Black
Race of victim: White

In June 1985, 20-year-old Charles Marino and his 16-year-old brother-in-law went to meet Gerald Lee Mitchell in a Houston park to buy drugs. Mitchell offered to sell them marijuana, but then pulled a 12-gauge sawn-off shotgun on the pair and forced them to drive to a vacant house. There, Mitchell took the car keys, forced the pair to sit on the ground and shot them from ten feet. Mitchell then left them for dead, taking the car and $25. Fleming survived the gunshot wound to his hip. Mitchell received the death penalty for the capital murder of Marino, and 60 years for the attempted murder of Fleming. Marino had just finished his basic training in the Navy. In a separate trial, Mitchell received another sixty years for the shooting death of Hector Manguia. Mitchell shot Manguia the same day as the other killings when Manguia refused to give Mitchell a necklace that Mitchell demanded.

Mitchell was caught one week after the killings driving Marino’s car. Mitchell was tried by an all white jury.

The attorney for Mitchell argues that at the time of the murder Mitchell had an IQ of 75 and has been diagnosed as functioning on the borderline level of retardation. Also, it is argued that Mitchell may be suffering from organic brain disorder and experiences temporal lobe seizures. He has a severe history of drug use, which began when he was fourteen years of age.

In 1992, during a prison fight, two other Texas death row inmates stabbed Mitchell. He was treated and recovered.

Mitchell is currently 33, and has been on death row for 15 years.

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