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TX: Richard Tabler - 2. Plea for Death Denied
Thu Aug 18, 2011 14:50

Central Texas Death Row Inmate Tells Judge He Wants To Die Now

A convicted Central Texas killer who’s awaiting execution for the murders of a local nightclub owner and another man told a federal judge Wednesday he’s ready to die now.
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Murderer's Pleas for Death Denied

WACO (August 17, 2011)

Texas death row inmate Richard Tabler, who’s awaiting execution for the shooting deaths of a Killeen nightclub owner and another man, told U.S. District Judge Walter Smith during a competency hearing Wednesday in Waco he wants to die now.

Smith granted Tabler a stay of execution in February 2010, two weeks after a May 2010 execution date was set.

Tabler said in a May 2010 letter to the judge that he didn’t want the stay.

“I was very angry was given a stay of execution,” Tabler wrote in the letter.

“This is not something I wanted nor did I ask for it.”

Read Richard Tabler’s Letter To The Judge

Tabler’s use of a smuggled cell phone to make a threatening call to State Sen. Jon Whitmire in October 2008 prompted a lockdown of the entire Texas prison system and led to a sweep of prisons that uncovered hundreds of illegal phones, phone equipment and weapons.

Tabler said Wednesday that since that incident, he’s been mistreated.

“If I’m going to be treated like an animal you might as well execute me,” he told the judge Wednesday.

Smith said he would review the appeal and said the process wouldn’t be lengthy.

Tabler apologized for the letter, but appeared unhappy with Smith’s decision.

Tabler was sentenced to death in 2007 for the 2004 shooting deaths of Teazers Gentlemen’s Club owner Mohamed-Amine Rahmouni, 25, and his friend Haitham Zayed, 28.

The bodies of the two men were found dumped outside of Killeen.

Tabler and an accomplice used a video camera to record tape of Tabler shooting Rahmouni and Zayed, witnesses said, but the tape was later destroyed.

Tabler was also charged in the murders of Teazer’s dancer Tiffany Dotson, 18, and Amber Benefield, 16, whose bodies were found just south of Highway 190.

The shootings were part of what Bell County authorities described as a bizarre plot that targeted the four victims and eight or nine more people.

In December, in a letter sent to the Austin American-Statesman, Tabler said he’s found religion and is now sorry for the killings, saying he "did something pretty stupid."

In the two-page handwritten letter to the newspaper, Tabler said he's "gotten my life on the right track with God" and asked state Sen. John Whitmire, a Statesman reporter he also threatened and "the people of Texas" to "please accept my sincere apology."

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    • Whitmire TestimonyPetra, Thu Feb 11 11:33[1].pdf
      • Re: Whitmire Testimonytimmy, Thu Feb 11 11:38
        Very good read. Tabler is a POS for sure.
        • Tabler the devil himself Crystal Scott dotson, Sun Nov 27 23:30
          Table took my sister away 12 years ago tomorrow he had no right killing her shooting her in the face twice Tiffany Dotson was only 28 for 8 months how could he HE IS MORE THEN JUS A POS HE IS A... more
          • TablerCrystal , Sun Nov 27 23:31
            Typo she was 18**** not 28
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