Capital Punishment

Written by Marty on February 14th, 2005

   For most of my life I have been opposed to capital punishment as it is ineffective in curving crime. Far too many have been wrongly executed and even when they were guilty it hardly seems as a just punishment. This is however, a very emotional issue that tears at the hearts of all caring people. When I think of the innocent and the families of the convicted I want to opt for life sentence, but when I think of the victims and their families I am not sure that the death penalty is wrong.

   The case in this article is such a situation for me as I know the person from work and though he seemed on edge I would not thought him capable. When I think of his mother I feel that there should be mercy, but when I think of the two women he killed it is hard to argue against the death penalty. Usually, I do not include the full article, but the case is best understood by reading the whole story.


Police say jealousy led to two killings

Police say a man stabbed his girlfriend to death then set fire to her house with her disabled mother inside
Thursday, December 23, 2004

MAXINE BERNSTEIN

On the night of Dec. 10, Mark Allen Litkie was at the home of his former girlfriend, Julia Wilson, to celebrate her mother, Shirley's, 76th birthday.

The next morning, police say, Litkie fatally stabbed Julia Wilson in a jealous rage and then set her home on fire to cover up the killing. Shirley Wilson, who had Alzheimer's disease and could not get out of bed, was burned alive, according to a court affidavit.

Litkie, 43, ran from the house, wearing only his green boxer shorts, police say. He ran two miles to a friend's home, where he was arrested two days later.

On Wednesday, Litkie pleaded not guilty to seven counts of aggravated murder stemming from the double homicide, including one allegation that he intentionally tortured Shirley Wilson. He also pleaded not guilty to first-degree arson and first-degree aggravated animal abuse for the death of the Wilson cat.

Neighbor Janet Thompson said her Dalmatian, Madison, was the first to notice the blaze in the 3300 block of Northeast 63rd Avenue that Saturday morning. Her dog started barking and ran to the door. She said she could see the flames and called 9-1-1 at 7:15 a.m. She then ran to nearby homes, banging on windows and yelling "Fire! "

"I'm devastated because no one deserves to die like that," Thompson said. "There's not much holiday cheer in our neighborhood."

According to court records, Litkie had lived in the Wilson home for seven years until Julia Wilson asked him to leave about two months ago. They had a relationship that others described as "volatile," partly because of Litkie's drug and alcohol use. The relationship was marked by bursts of screaming, slamming doors and dish throwing, witnesses told detectives.

Caretaker at home

Shirley Wilson had a full-time caretaker in the home on weekdays because she used a wheelchair -and was unable to care for herself. Her caretaker was preparing dinner at the house on Dec. 10 when Litkie dismissed her, saying they were going to make hamburgers.

Besides Litkie, Julia Wilson's 16-year-old son from a prior marriage joined in celebrating Shirley's birthday. Around 9:30 p.m., Litkie drove the teenager home to his father's house and then returned to the Wilson home, where he spent the night.

The next morning, Litkie confronted Julia Wilson, 47, about an e-mail she had received from a childhood sweetheart in California. Police say he flew into a rage when he learned that she was planning a trip to California later this month and suspected she was going to meet the man.

Detectives said he stabbed Julia Wilson 14 times. Detectives said he then poured gasoline in Julia's second-floor bedroom, in the main-floor bedroom where Shirley Wilson slept and in the hallways.

Fire Lt. Rick Aragon reported that his arson-detection dog hit on the right side of Shirley Wilson's body, and the bed where she was located, indicating the scent of accelerants, a search warrant affidavit said.

An autopsy revealed that Shirley Wilson died by fire.

Litkie ran from the house and arrived at his friend's home in the 8200 block of North Hassalo Street around 7:22 a.m. The friend told police that Litkie was out of breath, and claimed he had been "jumped by five guys" at a bar, and that they had stolen his clothing, wallet and Ford Explorer. The friend also noticed what looked like a rug burn on Litkie's side.

When firefighters arrived at the Wilson house, the Ford Explorer that Litkie had been driving was still in the driveway. His wallet was in an upstairs bedroom.

Classic factors

Chiquita Rollins, Multnomah County's domestic-violence coordinator, said the case highlights some of the classic factors leading to domestic violence. "We know when women attempt to end a relationship, it can be the most dangerous time for them," Rollins said. "Obsessive jealousy is one of the danger signals in relationships where homicides occur."

Homicide Detectives Brian Grose and Rich Austria arrested Litkie on Dec. 13, and they said he confessed to the killings after initially denying any involvement. He told detectives and court personnel that he drinks six to 12 beers daily, uses $110 of methamphetamine a week and smokes marijuana.

He acknowledged he had shaved off his beard to change his appearance. He also told police he had changed his appearance because he no longer "liked the old Mark."

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I see Capital Punishment as one of God's ways of ridding HIS EARTH of the WICKEDNESS and evil POWERS and principalities that RULE The DARKNESS of this world. WE LIVE IN and the EARTH WE ARE LIVING AT this time on.
    GOD ALMIGHTY does not and will not tolerate SIN OF ANY KIND. ESPECIALLY THE SIN that we as CHILDREN ARE NOT willing to TURN FROM AND FOLLOW HIM IN HIS WAYS of DOING and LIVING FOLLOWING HIS TRUTH and COMMANDMENTS.
    WHO HAS not been TOLD OF HIS WORD, HIS BOOK, HIS LOVE, HIS MERCY, HIS CROSS, HIS BLOOD, HIS COVENANT. HIS FAITHFULNESS, HIS FORGIVENESS , HIS GIFT HE HAS GIVEN to the WORLD, ????
    Who is not aware of the LAW AGAINST MURDER, LYING, STEALING, HAVING OTHER GOD'S BEFORE HIM THE ONLY ONE LORD, GOD, CREATOR, OF ALL that has ever been made?, BOWING TO IMAGES THAT HAVE NOT ANYTHING OF GOD IN THEM, GREVEN DEAD MATERIAL IMAGES MADE OF ANYTHING that has NO EYES TO SEE, NO EARS TO HEAR, and NO HANDS OR FEET or MOUTHS TO SPEAK, DO, and WALK?
    GOD is the one that has said that TO TAKE WILLFULLY INNOCENT LIFE without CAUSE SHALL HAVE THEIR LIFE be taken. FOR GOD has already had written and has made it known to all who have known and read HIS word and known HIM. That LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD. TO TAKE LIFE FROM THE INNOCENT is to suffer HIS PUNISHMENT that HE also has said is due. LIFE FOR LIFE when THAT LIFE IS INNOCENT.. There is much more that could be said and ex[plained BUT I must close maybe another time.in another place. :):):)
    MAY GOD'S Blessing be manifested to all OPEN TO HIM and HIS TRUTH. IN JESUS NAME I SUZANNE ASK .. AMEN

  2. Anonymous says:


       You have said many truths, yet when the woman who was caught in adultery was brought before Christ He did not condemn her, but rather told her to go sin no more.

       It is true that all sin is abhorrent to God, even so he reaches down to the most lowly of sinners with his saving message. This is where I have a problem, how do I as a Christian condone the killing of even the guilty? I ask myself if I would feel the same if one of my loved ones was the victim? I wish I could say I would but I just do not know. This is why I am not sure whether capital punishment is right.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is true that Jesus forgave the adulterous woman. BUT ADULTRY is not punishable by death. Even someone that CAUSES the DEATH of someone BY ACCIDENT is not punishable by death. IT Is only that ONE That WILLFULLY MURDERS another SETTING OUT TO PURPOSELY do so. BECAUSE OF HATE for that person. KNOWING THAT MURDER is SINFUL and that SHEDDING ****INNOCENT BLOOD**** is NOT TO be done..
    Each person that BREAKS A LAW> must be TRIED and found GUILTY and PUNISHED ACCORDING to EACH INDIVIDUAL circumstances and what the evidence shows. What would cause a person such as a John wayne Gacy or a Jeffery Dommer to PURPOSELY WILLFULLY TRICK and TRAP ANY INNOCENT CHILD or PERSON into their FRIENDSHIP and HOME and then COLD BLOODINGLY MURDER THOSE INNOCENT people trusting in their friendship even if it a perverted reason of which they may not have known at the time??
    OR!!! one may also SEE THIS as another way .. IF THOSE THAT THEY MURDERED were also WRAPPED UP IN a PERVERTED LIFESTYLE LIVING IN SINFUL ACTIONS and DEEDS AGAINST the MORAL LAWS of GOD almighty with PERVERTED SEXUAL ACTIONS????? THEN COULD WE CALL THAT then GOD'S JUSTICE??? FOR ONES DISREGARD for what HE HAS TAUGHT TO NOT DO??? AFTER ALL GOD did DESTROY THE PERVERTED CITY of SODOMY and GOMORRAH. Because of their PERVERTED and SINFUL SEXUAL IMMORAL ACTS for SODOMY is not a NORMAL SEXUAL ACT and they were and are CALLED SODOMITES.
    I also agree that JESUS CAME to save the world. HE came to BARE our sins, and as HE hung on the cross dieing FOR US. HE FORGAVE ME AND ALL THAT HE SAW that day and moment and all that HE KNEW the FATHER KNEW. SAYING; “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” The Roman Soldiers that were ordered what to do to carry out the sentence that the one that did not find Him guilty but doing what the JEWS wanted done. NONE REALIZED what they were doing.
    Makes me wonder HOW MANY CHRISTIANS have been SLAUGHTERED and BEHEADED FOR the NAME THEY would not REBUKE and DENY, BUT IN THEIR DEATH they FORGAVE those whom TOOK their LIFE??? FOR THEY HAVE no IDEA what they do EITHER when they BRING DEATH to those whom are HIS BY FAITH and HAVING HIS HOLY SPIRIT within them JUST AS JESUS CHRIST HAD THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN HIM UP TO the MOMENT when SIN CME UPON HIM and DEATH AND DESTRUCTION WAS SLAIN and DESTROYED when HE ROSE from the dead..
    WE SHOULD be UNDERSTANDING THAT IF JESUS overcame DEATH, HADES, SATAN, and THAT DARK AND DESOLATE EVIL WICKEDNESS that was what HE CAME INTO TO SAVE THAT DARK AND DESOLATE and EVIL WICKED world??? THEN why is it we today still see all this MURDERING OF OUR CHILDREN , and CHILDREN MURDERING their PARENTS, THIEVES and LIARS and ADULTERERS, any NUMBER of WICKED and evil DEEDS AND NO LOVE AMONG MEN FOR their BROTHER????? WHY ARE Men still in their sin?? why do men still hate instead of loveing their neighbor?? BECAUSE HUMAN NATURE WE ARE NATURAL CARNAL BEINGS> STILL LIVING and LISTENING TO THE FLESH PART OF US. LISTENING To that UNSAVED BORN ONCE OF the FLESH spirit that is STILL for most in DARKNESS NOT having the truth or the light of Gods love and His Holy Spirit within them.
    NO man can be saved and BORN again IF they do not understand anything about what GOD Almighty has said and done for them not understanding about the BORN AGAIN OF the SPIRITUAL BIRTH. that can and only can come BY OUR FAITH AND CONFESSION with OUR MOUTHS of THAT WHOM HE HAS SENT.
    Jesus told Thomas; “Thomas because you have seen you have believed, BUT BLESSED are those who have not seen but YET HAVE BELIEVED.” How many have NOT BELIEVED because they have not seen wanting PROOF?? not having faith to believe in that whom they have not seen?? AND will not ever see until HE COMES IN HIS GLORY ??? THEN THEY WILL SEE THAT whom THEY HAVE SLAIN. THEN THEY SHALL BOW and KNOW AND HAVE NO MORE DOUBT ABOUT JUST WHO IS LORD!!!
    THERE are those that already know HIM and TRUST in HIM and HAVE FAITH that all will be fine and all will come to pass JUST as HE has HAD it written and all that has been written shall be done . NOT ONE WORD HE HAS ever SAID and NOT ONE THING HE has done will ever NOT BE FULFILLED .
    The MOST WONDERFUL part is that HE is forever, HIS word is forever, and HIS Kingdom is forever. as long as the EARTH REMAINS, SEEDTIME and HARVEST, Then in Jeremiah “IF you can break My Covenant with the day and My Covenant with the night so that there will not be day and night in their season, Then My covenant may also be broken with David My Servant, so that He shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, and MY MINISTERS.
    WE HAPPEN to be MINISTERS and PRIESTS OF OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER.
    We still have day and night in their SEASON . GOD has said the EARTH IS HIS and I would SUPPOSE GOD CAN DO whatever HE WANTS TO DO. BUT HE has also GIVEN US A LAW to abide by BUT I SURE DO NOT SEE MANY KEEPING HIS LAW NOW DAYS. DO YOU??
    Tell me please what kind of Love is it for an unborn Child that a woman has concieved and then makes a decision to end that matureing growing life that has a heart to pump the BLOOD that gives it life to grow and mature into a full grown BABY TO come into this world??? TO LIVE PROSPER AND who's TO KNOW BUT GOD what HIS PLAN IS for that NEW CHILD UPON THIS EARTH THAT HE HAS CREATED for the HUMAN BEINGS CALLED MANKIND!!!
    HOW will GODS KINGDOM , WORD, CONTINUE if we CONTINUE TO KILL THOSE that ARE BEING BORN TO GROW AND MATURE JUST AS WE HAVE. and ENTER INTO THAT kingdom that JESUS hjas already taught us that is within us. NOT A kingdom that comes with OBSERVATION. but that one that is within you ..
    WE are destroying ourselves,our earth, and our world that GOD ALMIGHTY HAS MADE CREATED and GIVEN US TO PROTECT NUTURE AND KEEP while the MASTER IS AWAY. BUT the MASTER will RETURN SOMEDAY what is HE going to FIND????? a WASTED FIELD and NO WORKERS harvesting the WHEAT???
    IF WE want HIS PROMISE and PRAYER ANSWERED of IT be DONE ON EARTH as IT IS IN HEAVEN we best be REMEMBERING OUR LORD AND SAVIOR GOD ALMIGHTY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER whom IS WAS AND WILL ALWAYS be THE WORD GOD LORD CREATOR OF ALL THINGS. START LISTENING TO HIS ROYAL LAW. FOR IF WE DO THAT.. WE do well.
    I do not hesitate to let people know I love them I do not care who they are or the color of their skin BUT I DO care how they TREAT their FELLOW MAN and I do care abot the sins they continue in KNOWING THAT they are willfully CHOOSINGTO CONTINUE IN THAT sin.. NONE like to be told their sin. THEY WANT TO CLAIM SAVED BY GRACE. well that is TRUE WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE> but that GRACE does not MEAN THAT we can CONTINUE IN WILLFULLY KNOWING what oUR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IS DOING UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and CONTINUE DOING and LIVING and WALKING IN OUR SINFUL WAY.. WE ALL HAVE SINNED NONE are without SIN, and all will DIE ONCE BUT THOSE who have BELIEVED AND TURNED FROM THEIR SIN BY FAITH IN THAT whom He has sent TO US. THAT COMFORTER. THAT baptism and CIRCUMCISION that is MADE without hands but made with the SWORD OF HIS TRUTH HIS WORD. shall ALSO FOLLOW Him in that PROMISED RESURRECTION and LAND THAT will be NEW and NO WICKED and EVIL THERE.. This is OUR promise and our INHERITANCE. and we are called ALL SORTS OF NAMES because we KNOW HIM and BELIEVE IN what WE ALREADY KNOW IS TRUTHFUL FAITHFUL AND LOVING …
    THERE is SCRIPTURE THAT TELLS US TO BE STILL and WATCH the GLORY of the LORD.. THAT TIME is SOON COMING. and every KNEE will bow and KNOW HE is LORD.
    IPeter warns, The end of all things is at hand; Therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers, And above all things have fervant LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER, for LOVE WILL COVER MULTITUDE OF SINS Be hospitable to one without grumbling..
    Then there is this; “For they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which NOW exist are KEPT in store by the SAME WORD, RESERVED for the FIRE until the DAY of JUDGMENT and PERDITION OF UNGODLY MEN.
    WE see all KINDS OF RELIGIOUS UNGODLY MEN HAVING SO MUCH HATE FOR THEIR BROTHERS THAT THEY WILL DO ANYTHING, TO MURDER THEM. WE CALL THEM TERRORISTS. THEY ARE SLAUGHTERING MEN woman and CHILDREN BECAUSE OF who they are. THEIR BROTHER THAT GOD HAS said ARE NATION THAT their NUMBERS CANNOT be COUNTED FOR they are as the SAND. a GOD OF ABRAHAM , ISAAC, and “”JACOB.””” NOW CALLED and KNOWN AS ISRAEL.
    WE SEE THOSE whom want NOTHING MORE then TO ANNIALATE THIS NATION OF PEOPLE and any and all that STAND FOR THEM and PRAY FOR their PEACE AND WELFARE. FOR WE KNOW WHAT GOD HAS said about this ONE CALLED ISRAEL and HIS DESCENDANTS< and ALL THAT COME AGAINST HIM and HIS DESCENDANTS. SO FAR NONE HAVE OVERCOME ISRAEL and NONE will the time will come when ISRAEL will be standing alone against all that are against THIS PEOPLE and GOD wil then COME and PROTECT them and BRING FINAL LASTING PEACE TO THIS PEOPLE OF HIS PROMISE and PUT AN END TO ALL RIVALRY and WARS. FOR when GOD COMES MAKING WAR with HIS ANGELS NO wickedness will survive. FOR NO EVIL will be ENTERING INTO that NEW JERUSALEM THAT has been promised. TO ALL whom have believed and HAVE CONFESSED and RECIEVED THAT WHOM HE HAS SENT. PEOPLE DO not believe in what God has had written about this last final war to end all wars.. BUT IF GOD HAS ORDAINED, SAID and TOLD OF IT then it to shall come to pass JUST as all that HE has said before that has already come to pass. WE ARE ONLY TOLD TO BE READY when HE COMES.. WELL I SEE THE CLOSNESS of the FULFILLMENT of HIS PROMISE .. when??? NONE CAN KNOW the HOUR or the DAY. BUT COME HE will and soon. THE KINGDOM OF GOD is BEING PREACHED IN ALL the world .. NOW!!!! and JESUS HAS said and it is written "THEN THE END WILL COME." WHEN THEY SAY PEACE, PEACE, THIS is the BEGINNING OF TROUBLES. when the PEACE CCORD was signed. BETWEEN RABIN and ARAFAT. the time of trouble began . AND the trouble and hatred and discention and destruction in the MIDDLE EAST has GROWN TO what WE HAVE TODAY. FIGHTING AN EVIL THAT WE HAVE never FOUGHT before . NOT LIKE THIS EVIL . FOR this evil is BEYOND ANY CAREING even FOR THEIR OWN CHILDREN TEACHING and STRPPING BOMBS ON their OWN TO MURDER and DESTROY OTHERS. IT is all because of RELIGIOUS HATRED between the JEWISH NATION , CHRISTIANS< and THOSE OF BABYLONIAN DESCENDANTS OF EDOM the EDOMITES whom ARE DESCENDANTS OF ESAU.. THE ONE whom GOD HATED. FOR GIVING UP HIS BIRTHRIGHT. BY SELLING IT TO HIS BROTHER JACOB NOW KNOWN AS ISRAEL.. also GOD TELLING the MOTHER OF THESE TWINS. there are two nations IN YOUR WOMB, THE OLDER shall be a slave to the YOUNGER. ESAU being the older the LAND OF EDOM the FAMILY OF the EDOMITES> the LAND OF BABYLONIANS. TODAYS LAND OF IRAQ, IRAN, and TURKEY.
    WHAT WILL BE is what HAS BEEN what has been will be ..
    ARE WE DESTINED to REPEAT TIME AFTER TIME GENERATION AFTER GENERATION every 6000 thousand years. a NEW BEGINNING??? IF SO we are in the end of that 6000 years again and are coming up on the SEVENTH DAY that will bring REST. TO the LAND AGAIN .. SUCH as IT WAS when GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY.
    BUT ALL EVIL MUST BE OVERCOME FIRST.
    what would BURN ALL EVIL and WICKEDNESS UP to CLEANSE the EARTH ONCE MORE AGAIN SHAKING THE VERY HEAVENS AND ALSO THE EARTH??
    WE whom are CALLED MANKIND have PROGRESSED to a point we have the CAPABILITY TO DESTROY OURSELVES and this earth IN FIRES OF UNTOLD MAGNITUDE. POISINING all WATER in SITE if not DRYING IT UP . a TIME and capability to have FLESH MELT off ones bones in a MINI SECOND, eyes melted out of their sockets and tongues melted away in their mouths. NOT A PRETTY SITE NOR a GOOD PROPHECY HUH??? BUT IT is still written and spoken of by the PROPHETS OF OLD. and TODAY still being told of and read ALL PROPHECY DOES COME TO PASS THAT GOD HAS HAD WRITTEN. and the TESITMONY OF JESUS CHRIST is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.
    and HE HAS SAID I AM COMING AGAIN , and I AM COMING QUICKLY. LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. AND when I come MY REWARD WILL BE WITH ME.
    THE fulfillment of this PROPHECY is not yet BUT the PREACHING OF THIS KINGDOM TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH??? is NOW BEING FULFILLED. and all that are not aware of that . do not even see this PROPHECY HAS been and is being FULFILLED this day. BECAUSE they DENY THE VERY WORD THAT TELLS of this that is coming and is now here being FULFILLED in it's fullness..
    THE TIME OF THE HARVEST of the WHEAT and the SEPERATION of the TARES for the FIRE. THE TIME IS SO VERY CLOSE and there areso many JUST AS JESUS HAS said that WILL come and say LORD, LORD, and HE will tell them DEPART from Me for I never KNEW YOU. HE CANNOT KNOW THAT ONE OR ANYONE THAT HAS NOT KNOWN HIM ENOUGH TO DO HIS COMMANDMENT. and KNOW what HE has said . and done . DENIERS OF THE VERY BAPTISM HE SPOKE OF and DENYING THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED FOR THEM when HIS BLOOD IS THE VERY EVIDENCE ALONG with their VERY LIOFE THAT is PROOF OF HIS REALITY and HIS TRUTH. BUT YET they have denied HIM. NOT TAKING the time to KNOW HIM. IT is never wise to be so busy one has no time to SPEND with the CREATOR whom has given them LIFE or KNOW what HE has said to do. THE CROSS is FOOLISHNESS TO THOSE who are PERISHING.
    Sorry for the length It may not even post:):):)

  4. Anonymous says:


       I have not read it yet, as I have to do some work on the blog first. Feel free to post as long of ones you like, also check out Zoie

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