2004 Executions - John Glenn Roe:
Ninth murderer executed in the U.S. in 2004.
Executed February 3, 2004 at 10:24 a.m. in Ohio by lethal injection.
Summary of the Murder: On October 6, 1984, Roe murdered 21-year-old Donette Crawford while she was in route to pick up her 9-month-old baby. Roe kidnapped Donette, shot and killed her, took her car and money then used information about the murder to try to get out of serving time on other crimes he committed.
Murderer - John Glenn Roe
Date of Birth - April 5, 1962
Race - White
Sex - Male
Age when crime committed - 22
Age when executed - 41
Date of Sentence - December 6, 1985
Victim - Donette Crawford
Date of Murder - October 6, 1984
Race - White
Sex - Female
Age when murdered - 21
Method of Murder - Handgun
Relationship to Murderer - None
Details of the Crime:
At around 2:30 a.m. on October, 6, 1984, Donette Crawford and her friend, Toni Jester left a tavern and headed home. Donette dropped her friend off then stopped for cigarettes at the 7-Eleven store located near her home.
She was then planning on picking up her 9-month old baby from her mother's, but she never made it there. Donette Crawford was never seen alive again.
John Glenn Roe was arrested about a month later for breaking into a Radio Shack. He had not been out of prison for long and was ready to deal to try to avoid going back. He told the police that he had information about the missing girl, Donette Crawford. Roe supplied the police with the name of the man who he said shot and killed Donette and with the location of where authorities could find her body.
On November 15, 1984, the police searched that area given to them by Roe and they found the remains of Donette Crawford. She was identified through her dental records. The examination of her remains indicated that she had been shot in the back of the head. A bullet fragment from a .38 caliber bullet was found in her skull.
Testimony in the Case:
Vincent Boyd testified to the following: While awaiting trial on other charges, Roe was placed in a cell with Vincent Boyd. Roe told Boyd that he and another had intended to rob a 7-Eleven but that it was too crowded. While they waited they noticed a woman entering the store. When she came out, they followed her and pulled up next to her, pointed a gun, motioned her to stop, and she did. Taking her car, they drove it around the block and parked it at a church.
They then took Roe's car and the woman back to Roe's mother's home.
Behind the home was a wooded area. He and another person, later identified as his brother Donnie, did their "little thing" with her.
Someone called him by his first name. At that, Roe stated that since she knew both his first name and what he looked like, he would have to kill her. So, Roe related, he took her to the woods where she pleaded. He said to "tell it to someone who gives a f--k," and shot her behind the ear.
After being broken into the management at Huntington Clothiers hired a security guard to watch the building on Sunday night, October 7, 1984. While the security guard was on watch, someone entered the building. The guard was trying to block the entrance into the building when the subject came out and ran. The guard chased him by car and shot three times, but he was unable to apprehend the person.
That night, Joyce Lucas, Roe's mother, took Roe to Mike and Patty Daniels' home about 11:30 p.m., and asked if Roe could stay with them overnight. Roe had been shot in the foot. Roe explained to the Daniels how he had been wounded, and then went on to describe what he had done on Friday night. Mike Daniels testified that the Roe's description of Friday's events included an admission of murder:
"And he just said that he had this chick and she was screaming and yelling and he was choking her, and there was like blood and stuff coming out of her mouth and her nose and she just wouldn't die. He just said, I just went bang, then she was quiet or then she died."
Patty Daniels also testified: "And he said, so I took my gun, or he said my .357, went poosh, and then he said the b---h died or shut up or was quiet."
Evidence in the Case: On December 3, 1984, Tammy Norris, Moses Stevens' girlfriend, turned over to the Columbus police a .357 magnum which Roe had with him when he and Stevens were in Dayton on November 6, 1984. That .357 magnum, which fired the bullet found at the scene and in the skull of Donette Crawford, was stolen from Castner's Sporting Goods in Kirkersville, Ohio, on September 8, 1982.
Roe was arrested and charged with the murder of Donette Crawford.
The Sentence: The jury found Roe guilty of two counts of aggravated murder with death specifications, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated robbery. He received the death sentence.
The Execution: On the night before his execution, Roe was described as "cranky" toward the guards who were assigned to execute him. He spent time with his family an appeared very emotional. For his final dinner, he had a medium-well T-bone steak with steak sauce, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, butter-pecan ice cream and root beer.
It was reported by the Associate Press that it took guards over 20 minutes to insert shunts into Roe's veins during which Roe is said to have remained calm. It was also reported that when he was inside the death chamber, Roe glared at the Crawford family who were in the witness room holding hands. Roe's last words were, "God is my witness, and youre killing an innocent man today."
He was pronounced dead on February 3, 2004 at 10:24 a.m. by lethal injection.