Richard Sealey Murders 2 In Georgia

Richard Sealey was sentenced to death by the State of Georgia for a double murder

According to court documents Richard Sealey and a number of others would go to the home of John and Fannie Mae Tubner. Sealey would strike the elderly couple with an axe numerous times causing their deaths

Richard Sealey would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

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The evidence at the guilt/innocence phase, construed in the light most favorable to the jury’s verdict, showed the following.   Sealey contacted his friend Gregory Fahie by telephone asking for a ride.   Fahie asked his friend, Wajaka Battiste, to drive to Sealey’s motel and then to drive Fahie and Fahie’s juvenile girlfriend, Deandrea Carter, to Carter’s grandparents’ house.   Upon arriving at Carter’s grandparents’ house, Sealey, Carter, and Fahie went inside, while Battiste waited in the car listening to music.   While he was in a downstairs bathroom, Fahie first heard a loud noise and then heard Carter knocking on the bathroom door and stating that Sealey was “tripping.”   Fahie exited the bathroom and observed Mr. Tubner lying in a pool of blood and Sealey holding Ms. Tubner down and wielding a handgun he had taken from Mr. Tubner.   Sealey dragged Ms. Tubner, who had been bound with duct tape, to an upstairs bedroom.   Sealey instructed Fahie to search for money, however, when no money was discovered, Sealey instructed Carter to heat a fireplace poker with which Sealey tortured Ms. Tubner in an effort to force her to reveal where she kept her money.   Sealey then instructed Carter to find a hammer so he could kill the victims.   Carter returned with an ax.   Sealey struck Ms. Tubner multiple times in the head with the ax and then went downstairs and did the same to Mr. Tubner, who had crawled a short distance across the living room.   Once back in Battiste’s automobile, Sealey stated that he “had to do it” because the victims had seen their faces and further stated that the victims deserved to die because they had mistreated Carter’s mother in the past.   Sealey instructed Battiste never to reveal that he had seen Sealey and then added, “I will out your lights.”

The evidence presented in the guilt/innocence phase included the testimony of Fahie and Battiste, Mr. Tubner’s handgun and jewelry that had been discovered in Sealey’s motel room, and testimony about the detection of protein residue consistent with blood on the floor and sink of Sealey’s motel bathroom.   Upon our review of the entire record, we conclude that the evidence presented in the guilt/innocence phase was sufficient to authorize rational jurors to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Sealey was guilty on all counts.  Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 99 S.Ct. 2781, 61 L.Ed.2d 560 (1979).

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