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Keith Steven THURMOND

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 2
Date of murder: September 25, 2001
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: October 31, 1959
Victims profile: Sharon Anne Thurmond, 32 (his estranged wife) and Guy Sean Fernandez, 35 (her boyfriend)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Montgomery County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on November 14, 2002. Executed by lethal injection in Texas on March 7, 2012
 
 
 
 
 

The United States Court of Appeals
For the Fifth Circuit

 

opinion 08-70008

 
 
 
 
 
 

On September 25, 2001 in Magnolia, Texas, USA, Keith Thurmond shot do death his estranged wife, Sharon Anne Thurmond, and her boyfriend, Guy Sean Fernandez. The Thurmondís 8-year old son watched as his dad murdered his mother.

The boy told investigators at the time how he had seen his father, with the gun, chasing his mother around the yard while Fernandes, 35, ran into the mobile home, The Courier previously reported. The boy then said he saw his father shoot his mother ďa couple of times and Ö then ran into Guyís mobile home with the gun,Ē according to arrest warrant affidavits.

The boy then told investigators he heard several shots, and he then ran to his fatherís home across the street.

Keith Thurmond then barricaded himself and his son inside his home. He later released the boy unharmed, but he remained inside the mobile home armed with at least one pistol and another firearm.

Officers persuaded Thurmond, 41 at the time, to surrender peacefully after a couple of hours.

Last Meal:

Same shit salad being fed to every other thug on the row that day

Final Words:

ďAll I want to say is Iím innocent. I didnít kill my wife. I swear to God I didnít kill her. Go ahead and finish it off. You can taste it.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Name

TDCJ Number

Date of Birth

Thurmond, Keith Steven

999435

10/31/1959

Date Received

Age (when Received)

Education Level

11/14/2002

43

9

Date of Offense

Age (at the Offense)

County

09/25/2001

41

Montgomery

Race

Gender

Hair Color

white

male

brown

Height

Weight

Eye Color

5 ft 7 in

220

brown

Native County

Native State

Prior Occupation

Fort Knox

Kentucky

master mechanic, air conditioning technician, laborer

Prior Prison Record

n/a

Summary of incident


On 9/25/2001, in Magnolia, Thurmond murdered his estranged wife and her boyfriend. 

The boyfriend, a 35 year old white male, was shot inside the victim's residence.

The wife, a 32 year old white female was shot outside the residence.
 

Co-defendants

n/a

Race and Gender of Victim

white male, white female

 
 
 
 
 
 

Condemned Magnolia man goes to death protesting innocence

By Allan Turner - Chron.com

March 8, 2012

HUNTSVILLE Ė Keith Thurmond, convicted of killing his estranged wife and her lover in a fit of anger over losing custody of his 8-year-old son, was executed Wednesday at the state's Huntsville death house.

The third killer to be put to death this year, Thurmond, 52, a former auto mechanic and air conditioning repairman, went to his death protesting his innocence. "I swear to God I didn't kill her," he said in a final statement tinged with tears.

Looking toward the witness chamber occupied by his victims' relatives, Thurmond proclaimed his wife had been slain by another man.

Thurmond spent almost a decade on death row after the September 2001 murders.

According to court and police documents, Thurmond became enraged after sheriff's deputies arrived at his Magnolia mobile home to transfer custody of his son to his wife.

Donning a black karate suit, he paced his trailer, brandished a sword and a pistol, and angrily dismissed advice from a friend and relative that he allow the courts to resolve his domestic problems.

Then he crossed the street, pumping seven bullets into his wife, Sharon Ann Thurmond, 34, and fatally shooting and beating her lover, Guy Fernandes, 35.

After the shootings, Thurmond returned to the nearby mobile home he shared with his brother and threatened to kill himself. "I messed up, I messed up!" the killer cried, according to court documents.

Thurmond was apprehended after a two-hour standoff with police.

Even before the deadly episode, authorities reported that the relationship between Thurmond and his spouse had been tumultuous. In one incident, both were arrested after an all-night drinking bout terminated in a quarrel involving an automatic pistol.

Incensed that one of Thurmond's friends had photographed the couple after they had passed out after a round of drinking, Sharon Thurmond waved a 9mm automatic at her husband and taunted him to shoot her, a police report said.

Thurmond threw his wife to the floor and kicked her after she hit him in the face with the weapon.

In the punishment phase of Thurmond's trial, one of his former girlfriends testified that he raped her after she ended the relationship. While in jail awaiting his trial, Thurmond violated disciplinary rules by threatening a female officer.

"I can snap her neck," he said, according to court documents. "What are they going to do, kill me twice?"

Wednesday, Thurmond was almost chatty as witnesses took positions in the barred rooms flanking the death chamber. "It makes me sick for you to look at me like that," he said, looking into the chamber occupied by his victims' relatives.

Thurmond concluded his final statement by telling authorities, "Go ahead and finish it off." Then, as the drugs were administered, "You can taste it."

The lethal drugs were administered at 6:11 p.m. Thurmond was declared dead at 6:22 p.m.

The killer's appeals were marked by a snafu in which his appeals petition arrived in federal court a day past deadline, leading to its rejection. The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals also rejected the appeal, but later reversed its decision. Nonetheless, the appeal, which contended defense lawyers were negligent in failing to introduce mitigating evidence that Thurmond had been abused as a child, was unsuccessful.

Thurmond's most recent appeal before the high court contended he had suffered inadequate legal counsel earlier in the appeals process. The court justices are currently considering similar arguments in an Arizona case, and Thurmond sought a reprieve until that case is resolved.

The Supreme Court rejected the appeal about an hour before the scheduled execution.

 
 


Keith Steven Thurmond

 

 

 
 
 
 
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