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Jesse James Cummings, Jr
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1955
Coal County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 2008
McAlester
Pittsburg County
Oklahoma, USA


Jesse James Cummings Jr., 52, was executed by lethal injection September 25, 2008 at 6:11 p.m. CDT at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma for the September 5, 1991 murder of his neice, Melissa Moody, 11, whos body was found in rural Choctaw County. She had been molested and stabbed to death.

At the time of the murder, Cummings lived in a Coal County household of overlapping sexual relationships. The polygamist lived with his ailing father; his wives, Sherry and Juanita Cummings; and one child of each woman. His half-sister and niece lived in nearby Tushka. His wives testified that Cummings lorded over their home, employing violence, rape and incest to control his family. The body of Cummings' sister, Judy Moody Mayo, was found Sept. 9, 1991, near Atoka Lake. The gruesome murders went unsolved for three years until Juanita Cummings confessed in 1994 to murdering Moody Mayo. She testified that her husband had threatened to kill her son if she did not murder his sister. His wives testified that Cummings helped the women dump his sister's body. Cummings was convicted of both murders in 1996, but the conviction for his sister's death was thrown out by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in 1998 because only the testimony of accomplices linked him to the killing. Juanita Cummings is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. Sherry Cummings is serving a 35-year sentence on two counts of accessory to murder after the fact and one count of permitting a child to be abused.

 
 
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Created by: Art Wells
Record added: Oct 26, 2010
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Jesse James Cummings, Jr
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