The United States Supreme Court declined to stay the execution of a Texas man who beat his great-aunt to death with a bat after she refused to lend him money.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to block the execution of Quintin Jones, a Texas man who was sentenced to death for the 1999 murder of his great-aunt, Berthena Bryant. Shortly after the court’s unsigned order allowing the execution to go forward, Jones was put to death by lethal injection at a state prison in Texas, according to news reports.
It doesn’t appear that any justices dissented:
In a brief order on Wednesday evening, the justices turned down Jones’ request to put his execution on hold and take up his appeals. There were no publicly recorded dissents from the court’s order.
As often appears to be the case with murderers like Jones, his case attracted attention from the usual death penalty opponents, who tellingly whitewash the horrific nature of Jones’ crimes.
Here at Main Street Gazette, we don’t do that. We believe that the victims deserve more consideration than the perpetrators. Apparently, not all in the media share this mindset.
The New York Times published an essay entitled “Quintin Jones Is Not Innocent. But He Doesn’t Deserve To Die.” In the essay, the author details a long “friendship” with Jones and describes him as “funny and earnest and “the epitome of a prison success story.”
Not once in the story does the author mention that he beat his aunt to death with a baseball bat.
Jones does not want to die. But when he was performing this horrific act, one has to wonder if his aunt begged him, “Please, I don’t want to die”?
The Supreme Court did the right thing. Justice must be served.