Ex­e­cu­tion set for Alabama in­mate con­victed of killing teen

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Kim Chan­dler

MONT­GOMERY, ALA. >> Alabama has set an ex­e­cu­tion date for an in­mate sen­tenced to death for the 1995 fa­tal stab­bing of a 15-yearold girl.

The Alabama Supreme Court set a Feb. 7 ex­e­cu­tion date for Do­minique Ray.

Tif­fany Harville dis­ap­peared from her Selma home on July 15, 1995. Her de­com­pos­ing body was found in a field a month later.

Ray was con­victed in

1999 af­ter co-de­fen­dant Mar­cus Ow­den tes­ti­fied that Ray cut the girl’s throat af­ter they picked her up from her home and raped her. Ow­den said they also took the girl’s purse which had $6 or $7 in it.

A judge sen­tenced Ray to die af­ter ju­rors voted 11-1 to rec­om­mend that he re­ceive the death penalty.

Months be­fore his death penalty trial, Ray got a life sen­tence for the 1994 slay­ing of two broth­ers, 13-yearold Rein­hard Mabins and his 18-year-old brother, Ernest Mabins.

News­pa­per re­ports from the time say an­other man had been ini­tially charged in Harville’s slay­ing, but those charges were dropped when Ow­den con­fessed to a role in all three killings. Ac­cord­ing to Ow­den’s con­fes­sion, the Mabins broth­ers were shot in Fe­bru­ary 1994 af­ter they re­fused to join a gang or­ga­nized by Ow­den and Ray.

Ow­den was sen­tenced to life in prison.

Lawyers for Ray un­suc­cess­fully sought to over­turn the death sen­tence, ar­gu­ing Ray’s de­fense lawyers were not told that Ow­den was suf­fer­ing from schizophre­nia at the time he im­pli­cated Ray and tes­ti­fied against him.

The 11th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in 2016 up­held the death sen­tence, re­ject­ing de­fense claims that Ray’s trial coun­sel had failed to present mit­i­gat­ing ev­i­dence re­gard­ing his trau­ma­tiz­ing child­hood, men­tal de­fi­cien­cies and steroid abuse. The ap­pel­late court wrote that while it was “trou­bled by the paucity of coun­sel’s mit­i­ga­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion, our con­fi­dence in the out­come of the sen­tenc­ing is not un­der­mined.”

Alabama last car­ried out an ex­e­cu­tion in April when 83-year-old Wal­ter Leroy Moody was put to death for killing a fed­eral judge with a mail bomb.


This un­dated photo from the Alabama Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions shows in­mate Do­minique Ray. Alabama has set a Feb. 7, 2019, ex­e­cu­tion date for Ray, sen­tenced to death for the 1995 fa­tal stab­bing a 15-year-old girl.

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