Charles Rodman Campbell was a convicted murderer who was executed by the state of Washington.
Campbell was charged with the April 1982 killing of Renae Wicklund, her eight-year old daughter Shannah, and her neighbor Barbara Hendrickson, in Clearview, Snohomish County, Washington. He was convicted and sentenced to death.
However, that was not the first time Campbell had harmed the Wicklund household: he had been previously convicted and sentenced for raping Wicklund in 1974. In that trial, she had testified that Campbell had attacked and sodomized her and held a knife to her baby's throat while forcing sex upon her. Campbell served six years of a 30-year sentence in a Washington prison, and while on work-release (which Wicklund did not know about) tracked down Ms. Wicklund and committed the three murders.
In 1982, he was convicted on charges of capital murder and was sentenced to death. Campbell had been given a choice between hanging and lethal injection, but refused to make a choice, so under state law, the then-default method of hanging was used upon him. Later in 1996, Washington state law was amended to make lethal injection the default method of execution.
By 1984, the case had gone through the entire state court system, and the conviction and sentence was affirmed by the Washington Supreme Court. He was sentenced to death on December 17, 1984, but appealed his conviction and sentence for 12 years (a total of three appeals).
On November 7, 1988, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the appeal. Afterwards, however, it was again appealed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by the state, which wished to conclude the case. There was debate over whether hanging was cruel and unusual punishment and thus unconstitutional.
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Created by: Papawraith Record added: Dec 06, 2011
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Matthew 25:41 O, ye vile DEFILER of INNOCENCE! You vicious spiller of innocent blood! You have answered to the Mighty Judge against Whose horrid sentence no shyster attornies may appeal: DEPART FROM ME YE CURSED, INTO EVERLASTING FIRE PREPARED FOR THE DEV...(Read more) -
I Am Nobody Added: Apr. 7, 2016
Charles I was in the cell next to yours on d wing at monroe. We use to talk all the time. I was sorry to hear that they put you to death. -
bob donofrio Added: Oct. 27, 2014