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Former Dominican baseball player waiting execution with lethal injection in the gas chamber

NEW YORK. –  After the announcement Thursday of President Donald Trump that the United States Government will reinstate the death penalty nationwide in federal cases, Arizona media, refreshed the conviction of former Dominican baseball player Fabio Gomez, who awaits execution in the electric chair or with lethal injection into the Death Pavilion of a jail in Texas, after that in 2010, a jury overturned the decision of an appeals court not to execute it.

Gomez, who was found guilty in 2003 for the brutal murder of his girlfriend Joan Morane, in the town of Chandler, in 1999, being convicted in 2001 for first degree murder and rape.

His sentence was delayed because one year after the appeal, the United States Supreme Court in Washington ruled that capital punishment must be handed down by a jury and not by the judge presiding over the trial.

Gomez, who played on triple farms of the Arizona Diamonds Back team in the majors, complained bitterly about the death sentence and uttered insulting but not vulgar words against jurors and Judge James Keppel, during the sentence reading in the Superior Court of Maricopa County in Arizona.

The magistrate described the murder of the woman as disgusting.

His 36-year-old girlfriend was an outstanding student at the liberal arts school at Arizona State University.

At the time of sentencing, Gomez was 34 years old.

“Your Honor, on behalf of my family in the Dominican Republic, the friends I have here and all the people in Arizona, I consider this phrase inappropriate,” Gomez told the judge.

Gomez was also sentenced to an additional 21 years that he must serve consecutively until he is executed for the kidnapping and rape of the student.

Gomez raised an eyebrow when he decided to defend himself by ignoring the advice of his ex officio lawyers by the court and summoned the Arizona Diamondbacks players, Craig Counsell and Quinton McCracken to testify on their behalf.

But Gomez did not call his witnesses to the stand.

In an incoherent statement, Gomez said that Miranda’s rights were never read to him, which reminds those arrested that they can remain silent because anything they say can be used against them and they have the right to a lawyer, in addition to denouncing that the detectives of The police did not fully investigate the case and their rights of trial were violated, which was not fair.

“Is this how justice is done in Arizona?” Gomez asked. “The case was not properly investigated. It’s disgusting. They play, but who cares? This is about Fabio Gomez,” said the death row inmate.

Stephen Johnson, who was Gómez’s legal advisor, considered the verdict fair, noting that it would have been easy for the jury to sentence Gómez to death without deliberating at all.

THE CASE

Gomez was arrested on December 2, 1999 when police from the town of Chandler received a call realizing a man had mortally beaten a woman with a bat in apartment 1283 of Parklane West boulevard. When the officers arrived on the scene, nobody responded.

The authorities received the complaint that the victim had disappeared and resided in apartment 234 of the same address. She was the baseball player’s girlfriend who, when approached by the police, told them that he and the woman were moving because of what they were packing to leave the place. The player, according to the record, had a flat air mattress. 4 hours had passed since the murder.

Gomez had already loaded some of his belongings in the car and told the officers that he had to go see his son. At 5:30 in the morning, officers noticed blood stains on the edges of the mattress that was already inside the vehicle and a red spot in a trash can around the apartment. When they returned to Gomez’s house, they observed other blood stains on the carpet. More traces of blood appeared in the dining room, the hallway, the bathroom, the floor, the walls and the door. They also found a metal weight stained with blood.

The player claimed that he had killed a cat that scratched his son, but DNA tests showed that the blood belonged to Mrs. Morane and confirmed that he had also raped her sexually. The next day, on December 3, 1999, the police found the woman’s body in a garbage can and identified her as Joan Rachelle Morane. The body had been hidden a few meters from the front door of the crime scene.

The forensic autopsy determined that the cause of death was multiple trauma and bruises caused by a blunt object and was declared homicide. The victim received 18 blows to the head with the metal weight and was virtually destroyed.

Gomez, also represented in the trial that was instructed on March 22, 2001 being convicted of the murder and rape and was sentenced to capital punishment on June 5, 2003. Since then, he is in the Pavilion of Death of the Texas state jail awaiting execution.

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