The Alabama Supreme Court has set execution dates for two death row inmates, including Cary Dale Grayson, who will die for his role in the brutal 1994 kidnapping and slaying of a woman hitchhiking in Jefferson County.
Grayson was 1 of 4 men convicted of torturing and killing of Vicki Lynn DeBlieux, and then throwing her body off of a cliff.
The court Wednesday set Grayson's execution date for April 12.
The court also set a March 29 execution date for Tommy Arthur, 69, was is sentenced to die for the 1982 murder-for-hire killing of Muscle Shoals businessman Troy Wicker.
Arthur is one of the longest serving inmates on Alabama's Death Row, said Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett.
This is the 5th time an execution date has been set for Arthur.
Both men are to die by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.
DeBlieux was kidnapped while hitchhiking from Chattanooga, Tenn., to West Monroe, La., when she accepted a ride from Grayson, Kenny Loggins, Trace Duncan and Louis Mangione on the Trussville exit of Interstate 59 on Feb. 22, 1994.
She was beaten so badly that every bone in her head was broken at least once, according to the autopsy, and she had to be identified by an old X-ray of her spine. The teenagers, some of whom were later quoted as calling her the perfect victim, tossed her body into a dump in St. Clair County.
According to testimony in the teens' 1996 trials, they took Mangione home and the other 3 returned and mutilated the corpse, stabbing it more than 180 times, severing the fingers and hacking open the chest. They gave a finger to Mangione who showed it to other friends who tipped the police. Almost all of the wounds happened after death, according to the coroner's report.
Testimony presented at sentencing for Grayson and the other three showed he dropped out of school after his divorced mother was killed when he was 12.
His father didn't attend his trial, but relatives testified that the family had a history of manic depression and two psychologists testified Grayson also suffered from the disease.
Still, a jury took only 10 minutes to recommend he die for his crime.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mike McCormick sentenced Grayson, Loggins and Duncan to death, following the recommendation of electric chair by their 3 juries.
Citing a unanimous jury recommendation to spare Mangione, the judge sentenced him to life without parole.
The death sentences for Loggins and Duncan later were vacated after a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned the death penalty for people who killed before they turned 18. Both were 17 at the time of DeBlieux's slaying. They are now serving life without parole.
(source: Birmingham News)