UPDATE: (Apr 22, 2010) He’s dead.
From the victim’s mother:
After the execution, MaryAnn Martinez read a statement. The family did not take questions.
“Sophia was our flesh and blood, our beloved,” MaryAnn Martinez said. “The night she was murdered she had no fanfare, no witnesses, no chaplain, no last meal. Today is not about revenge. Today is not about closure. Today is not about anyone else other than my sister.”
I don’t think I could eat a few hours before being put to death…especially if I were innocent (as Wee Willy claims). Instead Wee Willy had quite the appetite. Here’s how your tax dollars were spent comforting a pathetic waste of life:
Berkley had his final meal at 3 p.m., which consisted of two BLT cheeseburgers, two jalapeño cheeseburgers, fried okra, french fries with ketchup and mustard, brownies, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and three root beers.
Dude shouldn’t have been fed at all on the final day. Not like he was going to starve to death or need the nourishment for anything…
William Josef Berkley is next on the chopping block on Texas’ Death Row, where he’ll be executed tomorrow evening just after 6:00 p.m. Huntsville Texas Time (HTT).
Willy has been on Texas Death Row since July 18, 2002 for the March 2000 kidnapping, rape, and murder of 18-year old Sophia Martinez in El Paso, TX.
Martinez was a senior at Burges High School who dreamed of becoming a history teacher. Her two sisters and mother, Lourdes Licerio, plan to be at Berkley’s execution Thursday in Huntsville.
Willie’s own parents probably won’t make it.
Willy is a rock star on the Euro Pen Pals/Death Row Groupie circuit, mostly because he was born in Germany (his dad was a high-ranking NCO in the Army and his mother was from Germany). Plus, Willy used the gullible ladies and pen pals to help him sell his prison “art work.” Before his site was shut down (www.ghostondeathrow.com).
He even convinced one of the more seriously deranged and damaged women to marry him.
Here’s Wee Willy’s wife girlfriend, a French woman named Samantha Grey, whom he met and married after arriving on death row:
On a German pen-pal site, Willy describes himself as “a 30year old white male that was born in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. I can read and write in German, English and Spanish am well educated and am looking for a couple of good solid friends.”
Sadly, he wasted that good education the night he decided to shoot young Sophia in the face five times after raping her, and then discarding her lifeless body in the middle of the desert.
Willy and all of that good educat’n he got is acting as his own attorney. He recently filed a writ asking that his death sentence be thrown out because it “violated double jeopardy laws”.
He claims he could have been sentenced to either death or prison time. His argument is that since he is serving prison time while awaiting execution, he is essentially serving two sentences.
Facts of the Crime
Wee Willy claims that he is innocent of killing Sophia, but the evidence against him is staggering. There is video of him shooting Sophia in her car at the ATM. His semen was found in her body. He initially confessed. The second time in great detail.
From the Attorney Generals Office:
An autopsy revealed Sophia had been shot five times in the face and head and that Berkley’s semen was found in Martinez’s body.
Berkley became a suspect in Martinez’s murder in September 2000, when a woman contacted the police and implicated both Berkley and her husband.
The woman reported finding a set of unfamiliar car keys and Sophia Martinez’s driver’s license on the kitchen counter of the apartment where she and her husband lived. Berkley burned the driver’s license on a grill. When the woman later saw a newspaper report of Martinez’s murder, she recognized Martinez from the driver’s license.
On October 1, 2000, Berkley was living with his parents. A police search of their home that day produced a black “beanie” hat that was identical to the one seen on the man in the ATM surveillance video. The police also recovered a .22 caliber revolver from the night stand in Berkley’s father’s bedroom, latex gloves in Berkley’s bedroom at his parents’ house, and Martinez’s car keys from the roof of the apartment complex where the woman who implicated Berkley lived.
Berkley was arrested, and confessed in writing on October 1, 2000.
Two days after Berkley gave his first written statement, Berkley’s father notified police that Berkley wished to make another statement. In his second, far more detailed, written statement, Berkley added that the murder weapon was a .22 caliber handgun he had secretly taken from his father and that he later burned “the girl’s” driver’s license in a barbeque grill.
Willy ends his pen pal request with:
I am a diamond in the dirt waiting to be found. Get to know me and you’ll see in the long run. I hope you will give US the opportunity to blossom a new friendship and embark on a new chapter in our lives.
In about 24 hours from now, Willy will literally be “in the dirt,” and justice will have finally been served.
Five short (but too long) days after Wee Willy is fed to the worms and maggots, Samuel Bustamante will be put to death for the 1998 stabbing murder of 27-year old Rafael Alvarado during a robbery in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.