Mississippi – Upcoming execution William Gerald Mitchell, march 22. 2012

On the evening of November 21, 1995, near the end of her shift, Patty Milliken told her co-worker at a Biloxi convenience store that she was going to go outside with Mitchell to smoke a cigarette and talk.   She left her purse and car keys in the convenience store.   When she did not return, her co-worker reported to the police that she was missing.   Milliken had written Mitchell’s telephone number on a piece of paper that the police found in her purse.   The police cross-referenced the telephone number to an address.   When they arrived at that address, Mitchell, who was in the yard, ran from them.   The police later spotted Mitchell at a gas station, and pursued him when he fled from the gas station in his car.   He was arrested for traffic violations.

Milliken’s body was found the following morning under a bridge.   She had been beaten, strangled, sexually assaulted, and crushed after having been run over by a car.   After the police searched Mitchell’s car, he was charged with Milliken’s murder.   At the time of Milliken’s murder, Mitchell was under a sentence of life imprisonment for a previous murder, and had been on parole for approximately eleven months. The jury found Mitchell guilty of capital murder. 

The jury did not find Mitchell’s mitigating evidence to be persuasive, and he was sentenced to death.   The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and sentence on March 29, 2001, and denied rehearing on August 23, 2001.   Mitchell v. State, 792 So.2d 192 (Miss.2001).   The Supreme Court denied certiorari.  Mitchell v. Mississippi, 535 U.S. 933 (2002).

  • On March 31, 2010, Mitchell filed an appeal in the Fifth Circuit over the denial of his habeas petition in Federal District Court.


  • 05/16/2011 Mitchell filed an appeal in the Fifth Circuit, DENY Mitchell’s request for a COA

United States court of appeals for the fifth circuit

  • Mississippi Supreme  Curt decision march, 2012
    William Gerald Mitchell a/k/a William Jerald Mitchell v. State of Mississippi
    Motion for rehearing filed by counsel for William Gerald Mitchell is denied. To Deny: Waller, C.J., Carlson, P.J., Randolph, Lamar, Chandler and Pierce, JJ. To Grant: Dickinson, P.J., Kitchens and King, JJ. Order entered.
    2012-DR-00277-SCT 03/15/12

TEXAS – Last hour of George Rivas- execution February 29, 2012 – EXECUTED 6.22 p.m

Last statement

Yes, I do. First of all for the Aubrey Hawkins family, I do apologize for everything that happened. Not because I am here, but for closure in your hearts. I really believe that you deserve that. To my wife, Cheri, I am so grateful you’re in my life. I love you so dearly. Thank you to my sister and dear friend Katherine Cox, my son and family, friends and family. I love you so dearly. To my friends, all the guys on the row, you have my courtesy and respect. Thank you to the people involved and to the courtesy of the officers. I am grateful for everything in my life. To my wife, take care of yourself. I will be waiting for you. I love you. God Bless. I am ready to go

Aubrey Hawkins, the police officer killed by t...

Aubrey Hawkins, the police officer killed by the Texas Seven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5:59p George Rivas will be strapped to a gurney, arms extended, and an IV for the lethal injection will be inserted in both arms. Once He’s strapped down, the warden will call for witnesses to enter the two observation rooms.

5:58p Once witnesses are in place, guards will ask George Rivas if he wants to make a final statement. He said he did.

5:48p Guards move George Rivas from his holding cell, 15 feet to the execution chamber. The lethal injection procedure is scheduled to begin a few minutes after six o’clock.

5:22p One of George Rivas’ four witnesses did not appear for his execution. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins will attend instead.

5:03p Three drugs are used in the lethal injection cocktail. That used to cost about $86, but the price has recently skyrocketed to more than $1,300 because the state has been forced to resort to a more expensive substitute for one of the drugs being used.

5:01p “I met with him a few minutes ago along with the warden and the chaplain, and Rivas stated that he’s… all these years he’s made it clear that he’s ready to go,” said Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “He did say that he was going to make a last statement.” Rivas is said to have made several personal calls from a phone provided by the prison, He asked five friends to witness his lethal injection.

4:50p More than 15 Irving police officers are standing outside the Walls Unit where George Rivas will soon be executed for killing Irving Officer Aubrey Hawkins on Christmas Eve 2000.

4:42p The widow of Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins, who was killed by George Rivas, will not attend the execution. She told News 8 that she felt no closure after being present at the last execution of a Texas 7 gang member in 2009.

4:40p George Rivas was served barbequeue chicken for his final meal, just like the other inmates at the Walls Unit.

4:30p George Rivas’ appeals have all been denied. Clemency is denied. The state says attorneys for the convicted killer do not plan a last-minute challenge to the scheduled 6 o’clock execution.