One-Time Won’t Let Death Row Inmate Off Himself

- By Bossip Staff

Brandon Rhodes

Hey kids, wanna make your government-sponsored stay on Death Row last longer? Try killing yourself!

31-year-old Brandon Rhode was supposed to be executed this week for 1998 murder of a man and his two children. But then he tried to speed up the process and switched the whole game up:

A Georgia death row inmate is in a hospital after attempting suicide hours before his scheduled execution.

Attorneys for Brandon Joseph Rhode filed an emergency motion to delay the Tuesday execution after the 31-year-old tried to take his own life. The motion to the state Supreme Court said Rhode is “incompetent” and putting him to death would violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Huh? Doesn’t it costs tax-payers money to keep dude alive? And to kill him? We can’t let him give us the cheaper alternative?

So according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, even though he did this:

Rhode and a partner, Daniel Lucas, were burglarizing the home of the Steven Moss family when 11-year-old Bryan Moss came home and confronted the pair with a baseball bat. Bryan was shot.

Moments later, 15-year-old Kristin Moss came home and she, too, was shot.

Their father, a 37-year-old trucking company executive, came into the house and Steven Moss was Rhode and Lucas’ third victim.

His lawyers felt he shoulda been handled a little differently from jump because:

Rhode had “organic brain damage” because his 16-year-old mother drank during the first five months of her pregnancy. That impaired his impulse control and his “ability to apply information and solve problems,” Kammer said, noting that Rhodes also had been taking medication for depression.

… so now…

The stress of the pending execution combined with his “mental deficiencies” make him incompetent to be executed under the Eighth Constitutional Amendment protection from cruel and unusual punishment, Kammer said.

Kammer said the night before the original execution date Rhode was “so terrified he was slurring his speech.”

Really. We should feel bad. Looks like the guard watching Rhode kinda felt like we do.

A guard reportedly gave Rhode a razor on Friday, the day the state Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected his clemency plea, and that is what he used in his suicide attempt on Tuesday. At the time, Rhode was supposed to be under constant watch but he had lost so much blood from slashing his arms and his neck he was unconscious when officers found him.

“They should not have put him in the position to get implements for self harm,” Kammer said. “They knew he has a history of suicide attempts [at least two]. They knew he has a history of mental problems. This guy should be watched carefully. I have good-faith grounds to worry that he’s not competent to be executed.”

What? Mr. Kramer, we know you’re doing your job and all. But go sit down somewhere please.

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Comments

  • Lady A

    I personally don’t believe in the death penalty. We have no right to play God. That however doesn’t mean that people should be let off the hook for horrendous crimes. Life in prison is just to me. Hell to know a date and time of your actual death to me is cruel and unusual punnishment.

    • I WASN'T GONE SAY NUTTIN, BUT

      I AGREE WITH YOUR ENTIRE STATEMENT I’VE ALWAYS FELT THIS WAY,ALTHOUGH THERE HAS BEEN SOME CASES THAT I’VE FELT REQUIRED MORE THAN A SIMPLE LIFE SENTENCE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE.

    • Monica

      co sign, we have no right to play God

  • nana

    They should give him a day with Pastor Eddie Long! And after 2 snaps and a twirl he will take his own life again but this time he would be succesful!

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    if he wants to take the pu$$y way out then let him! hell, he’s gonna die any damn way. talk about fraud, waste and abuse, i need to write my congressman.
    dear —-,
    this is some bullsh!t…

  • Samantha

    Here’s my question… doesn’t this also make the execution committee murderers too? Which will also put them on the fast track to hell.

    • Lady A

      I didn’t even think about that. And yes it does. I hope they don’t think it is justified because in God’s eyes that is still killing a man. And it says “Thou Shal Not Kill”.

  • understandingoverignorance

    It cost taxpayers in this country 40k a year to keep these men alive if they want to die allow them the right to die it will save millions of dollars

    In Russia if you are sentenced to death it normally happens within two to three days not 20 year like in the US

  • Next

    GOD can do what he wants with him. We can set up the meeting though….

    • Gabulous

      EXACTLY!

  • PrettyGirl

    Okay, This makes no sense. He killed three people. Sorry, but you gotta pay for it. aight?!How does it make sense he is the hospital when he is about to be executed. Are they going to give the best medical care or are they gpoing to stick some bandages on him to get him to the electric chair. i mean…..his mother should be begging to take his place. Had it not been for her ignorant ways during pregnancy, he wouldn;t be in this shit.

  • SHAWNA

    I DONT SEE HOW THESE PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING THEY HAVE PUT SOMEONE IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR OR LETHAL INJECTION. OUR FATHER IS THE ONLY ONE TO JUDGE THESE PEOPLE AND FOR THE ONES PLAYING HIM HOW DO U LIVE WITH YOURSELF.I NEVER BELEIVED IN THIS AND LIKE ONE OF THE POSTS SAID IT’S MAKES U A KILLER AS WELL HOW R U GONNA EXPLAIN TO GOD THAT U WAS JUST DOING UR JOB HE KILLED SOMEONE SO I WE DECIDE TO KILL HIM IN RETURN. SAD STORY REAL SAD!

    • dgrrl

      The problem I have with your statements is that, everyone may not believe in the same GOD that you do. Why should others be bound by your beliefs? Is it majority rule?
      I do not support the death penalty because the margin of error is too big, in most cases. We execute someone, then find out later that they were not guilty. That person can be released from jail but there’s no coming back from dead. Secondly, execution is too easy anyway. Murderers don’t kill humanely, so why should their death be any different?

    • shawna

      @dgrrl if u dont believe in god then that’s on u not me. so as long as i believe i really don’t care if u dont.thats between u and the man above. later!

  • joyrptr

    Doesn’t the Bible speak about receiving punishment (judgement) from man for breaking man’s laws and THEN receiving punishment/forgiveness from God? Anyway, crimes against children should be automatic death. IMO, anyone low enough to harm the most innocent has lost any and all traces of humanity and should be sent “home”.

  • xmfan

    has anyone thought it’s more tourtcher on the inmate to be locked up than to put em out of there misery i think thats debateable i thnk with some of the sick puppies out there.

    i can understand if the INMATE is truly INNOCENT wich happens vary rarely to keep them alive to proove there case but this dude is not innocent

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