Noel Asks for Clemency

Riley Dobi Noel (Arkansas DOC Photo)
Riley Dobi Noel (Arkansas DOC Photo)

June 18, 2003
Posted at: 1:42 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Condemned killer Riley Dobi Noel asked the state parole board to recommend his life be spared.

Noel is to die July 9 for the 1995 execution-style slayings of three Little Rock children.

The board heard Noel's arguments today at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit. It will announce a decision later.

Lawyers for Noel told the board that Noel has brain damage. A letter from Noel's mother, Valerie Ussery, was read into the record, begging for her son's life. A tear ran down Noel's cheek at that point.

Lawyers for the 31-year-old Noel also say the mother of the victims does not want the execution to go forward..

The board recommendation would go to Governor Huckabee, who would decide on whether to allow Noel to live. Noel's lawyers want his sentence commuted to life without parole.

Noel did not address the panel.

A second hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to hear testimony from relatives of the victims. The board said that as of Tuesday it had not heard from any family members who wished to appear.

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