I’ve written before on HayLadies! about Chelsea Richardson, the first woman in Tarrant County ever to be sentenced to death. I’ve written about her because she was the girlfriend of a man named Andrew Wamsley, who I attended school with growing up in Mansfield, TX. The two of them, with an accomplice named Susana Toledano, murdered Wamsley’s parents in 2003. I wrote about her appeal this summer because it’s a shining example of how fucked up the death penalty is in Texas.
Basically, the prosecutor withheld evidence from the defense in Richardson’s trial. Now, he’s retired, and this is what he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram last summer:
“The thing with Chelsea getting a life sentence, that should have happened a long time ago,” Parrish said. “That is probably what is really called for in this case, so I don’t have a problem with that at all. I do have a problem with them saying I was untruthful about something.”
I think it’s worth quoting myself, from my piece back in June: “Forgive me, but this man demanded a jury give this woman the ultimate punishment and four years later he kind of feels like well, sparing her life would have been okay, just don’t say I ever lied about anything, me me me me me? This is how we kill people in the American justice system, are you fucking kidding me?”
Anyway, news comes this week that Richardson will not be put to death for the murders.