Barbour pardons four killers
January 10th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Barbour pardons four killers

(CNN) - In his last days in office, outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four men convicted of murder, a state official said Monday.

David Gatlin, Joseph Ozment, Charles Hooker and Anthony McCray received full pardons and were released at 1 p.m. Sunday, said Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. All four were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor's mansion, she said.

Click here to see the executive orders signed by Barbour (pdf)

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  1. GI Joe

    How much money did he get for it?

    January 10, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Outrageous. What the hell are you thinking, Barbour?????

    January 10, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I have no idea what convinced Barbour that these guys deserved to be pardoned. From the article, it wasn't as if there was any doubt these guys did the crime. Without questionable legal issues like a lack of DNA evidence or conflicting DNA evidence or tesimony, the pardons are completely unwarranted. Haley Barbour just ended his political career, FOR SURE. Stupid, stupid, stupid...

    January 10, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Outrageous. What the hell are you thinking, Barbour?????
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    It is outrageous. Gov. Barbour was thinking like your typical conservative tyrant. No need to offer explanations to people who have no right to question his power and authority. That is about as morally deprived as a politician can get in this country.

    January 10, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Doug in NYC

    Well, this could into the Republican Willie Horton. What ever happened to the Repubican stance of this is a nation of Laws and Justice. What a farce! Imagine if a democate did this.....oh yeah, as mentioned before Willie Horton!

    January 10, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "In 1993, WLBT reported, Gatlin walked into the trailer where his estranged wife, Tammy Ellis Gatlin, lived and shot her in the head. The woman's friend, Randy Walker, survived a gunshot to the head."

    FAMILY VALUES? I guess we now know what VALUE Barbour places on that particular family. NONE.

    January 10, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Outrageous. What the hell are you thinking, Barbour?????"

    We finally agree on something hehe! Barbour should be pilloried for this. Where's my pitchfork....

    January 10, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "We finally agree on something hehe! Barbour should be pilloried for this. Where's my pitchfork...."
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    Well, YEAH... this goes WAY beyond party affiliation / loyalty.

    January 10, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    I could understand full pardons if there was a question of guilt. But pardoning convicted murderers? What purpose does this serve? Who wants to bet that one or more of these guys is heard from again in about a year or so? This is unconscionable. Nothing like kicking the victims' families in the face on his way out the door.

    January 10, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    Outrageous. What the hell are you thinking, Barbour?????
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    Not sure what he was thinking about, but I'll tell you what I'm thinking: I would'nt be surprised if these four inmates saw something at the mansion that they should'nt have and Barbour needed to keep quiet.
    Maybe they overheard a conversation, or saw documents that would put Barbour in a precarious position if it became public.
    I don't know. Just speculating. But this decision of his sure makes one wonder if this wasn't some sort of "pay off" to keep these inmates quiet.

    January 10, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's completely unfair," she said. "I mean, he's in jail for 18 years. She was 20 years old when she died and had her child laying in her arms when he shot her in the head. And he's pardoned?"

    I agree with both Fair and Truth. This is incredibly outrageous ... AND ... stupid, stupid, stupid.

    January 10, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Innocent Troy Davis Georgia, Innocent Todd Willingham Taxes sentenced to death
    Four men Convicted of murder got pardons
    All can happen under republicans governors

    January 10, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    On the other hand, it could just be Barbour being the "outstanding" Governor that he is. Look at how well Mississippi ranks. Listen to what typically falls out of Barbours' mouth. The man is undeniably a "genius".

    January 10, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. R

    "Gov. Barbour was thinking like your typical conservative tyrant."

    And how exactly does pardoning four killers consitute as thinking like a typical conservative tyrant?

    January 10, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. EffortPA

    Can somebody please tell me that this ain't so?

    January 10, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    R asked:

    And how exactly does pardoning four killers consitute as thinking like a typical conservative tyrant?
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    Had you kept reading you could have answered your own question.

    January 10, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    Outrageous. What the hell are you thinking, Barbour?????
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    Not sure what he was thinking about, but I'll tell you what I'm thinking: I would'nt be surprised if these four inmates saw something at the mansion that they should'nt have and Barbour needed to keep quiet.
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    an excellent observation. If I remember correctly Willy Horton was furloughed but was expected back, yes? These 4 were convicted and fully pardoned. Mr Barbour needs some 'splainin' to do

    January 10, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Independent Voters

    See the republican let Troy Davis be kill but Barbour pardon killer. This why I feel these republican out to target non-white.

    January 10, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. R

    "Had you kept reading you could have answered your own question."

    The part about "No need to offer explanations to people who have no right to question his power and authority." Yes, I read it. Since you didn't read the full story, I guess you didn't read the part where it said it is at any governor's discretion (which should not allow pardoning any convicted killers at any time, period). Which means any governor – conservative or liberal – can make that kind of decision.

    January 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |