Opening tumblr when you’ve just woken up in the morning.
nothing more accurate
Psh. I ain’t gotta be cute all the time.
Mark Anthony DUKE
Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Juvenile (16) - Parricide - Angry that his father had denied him use of a truck
Number of victims: 4
Date of murders: March 23, 1997
Date of birth: 1980 or 1981
Victims profile: His father, Randy Duke, 39; the elder Duke’s fiancee, Dedra Mims Hunt, 29; and Ms. Hunt’s daughters, Chelsea Hunt, 7, and Chelisa Hunt, 6
Method of murder: Shooting / Stabbing with knife
Location: Shelby County, Alabama, USA
Status: Sentenced to death in 1999. Commuted to life in prison in 2005
On 4 march 1999, a Shelby County Circuit Court jury in Alabama needed less than 35 minutes to find 17-year-old Mark Duke guilty of four counts of capital murder.
Duke was convicted in the March 23, 1997 murders of his father, Randy Duke, 39; the elder Duke’s fiancee, Dedra Mims Hunt, 29; and Ms. Hunt’s daughters, 7-year-old Chelsea Hunt and 6-year-old Chelisa Hunt. Defense attorneys did not disputed he killed his father, but painted Randy Duke as a heavy drinker who abused his son.
Witnesses testified Duke was angry that his father had denied him use of a truck, and that he and Samra entered the house intending to kill the four. According to testimony, Duke shot his father after telling him “I’ll see you in hell.” The woman was shot and the girls stabbed and their throats were slit.
Samra, 21, was convicted of four counts of capital murder last year and sentenced to death. He testified against Duke, saying Duke shot his father and Ms. Hunt and slashed Chelisa’s throat. Samra admitted cutting Chelsea’s throat, but said Duke was holding the little girl down.
Michael LaFayette Ellison, 18, and David Layne Collums, 19, pleaded guilty to murder and were sentenced to 16 years in prison in exchange for testifying against Duke. Prosecutors claimed Collums and Ellison provided Duke and Samra with transportation to and from the house the day of the killings.
I grew up in shelby. This was a big thing lol