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Associate Dean of Libraries
Texas Tech University

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Ross was found guilty of capital ...

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Ross was found guilty of capital murder for the January 2001 slayings of Douglas Birdsall, 53, an associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech, and 18-year-old Viola McVade, the sister of Ross' girlfriend.

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Ross was executed for the slayings of Douglas Birdsall, 53, the associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech University, and Viola Ross McVade.
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Authorities believed Birdsall and McVade were ambushed in an alley behind Ross' apartment after Ross had ordered McVade's sister to leave.
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Court documents said Birdsall had been looking for a prostitute and
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Prosecutors contend McVade was the intended target, and that Birdsall was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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A brother of Birdsall was among people watching the execution through a death chamber window. He declined to speak with reporters.


Vaughn Ross #1340

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Douglas Birdsall

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The bodies of Douglas Birdsall and Viola McVade were found inside Birdsall's car in a ravine.
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The prosecution contended that Birdsall had been looking for a prostitute and that a friend of McVade introduced him to her that evening.
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McVade was the intended target, and Birdsall was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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In September 2002, Ross was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by a Lubbock County jury for killing Douglas Birdsall and Viola McVade.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit described the facts of the crime and the evidence admitted during the punishment phase as follows: On Jan 31, 2001, the bodies of Douglas Birdsall and Viola McVade were found inside Birdsall's car in a ravine.
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While Liza was talking to McVade, Teresa Williams arrived at McVade's house with Douglas Birdsall, 53.
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Williams told McVade that Birdsall was looking for a young, black female prostitute.
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To accommodate Birdsall, McVade delayed in going after her sister.
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The next morning, a bicyclist found the bodies of Viola McVade and Douglas Birdsall in Birdsall's car in a gully at a park about four miles from Ross's apartment.
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Birdsall was an associate dean at the university. Douglas Birdsall's son, Nathaniel, said after the trial and again before Ross's execution that he and his father did not believe in the death penalty.
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Ross was executed for the slayings of Douglas Birdsall, 53, the associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech University, and Viola Ross McVade.
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Authorities believed Birdsall and McVade were ambushed in an alley behind Ross' apartment after Ross had ordered McVade's sister to leave.
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Court documents said Birdsall had been looking for a prostitute and that a friend of McVade introduced him to her that evening.
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Prosecutors contend McVade was the intended target, and that Birdsall was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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A brother of Birdsall was among people watching the execution through a death chamber window. He declined to speak with reporters. Birdsall's son, Nathaniel, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, his father raised him to believe the death penalty was unjust. "I am saddened that the loss of two lives will be needlessly compounded by the taking of a third," he said.
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Ross was convicted of killing 53-year-old Douglas Birdsall and 18-year-old Viola Ross McVade, whose bodies were found in Birdsall's car near a gully.
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Ross was convicted in 2002 of killing Douglas Birdsall, a Texas Tech administrator, and an 18-year-old woman, Viola Ross, no relation.
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Police and prosecutors said Birdsall, who had given Viola Ross a ride - apparently to pick up her sister at Ross' apartment - was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Viola Ross and Douglas Birdsall were apparently murdered on January 30, 2001, in Douglas's car in an alley outside Vaughn Ross's apartment complex.
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The victims' bodies were discovered in Doug Birdsall's Saab, which was parked in a ravine in Canyon Lake Park No 6, approximately 4 miles from the alley where the victims were murdered. It was found Wednesday morning by a bicyclist who then reported it to a city employee. The employee then called the police.
Doug Birdsall was found in the rear passenger seat of his car and blood was visible on his head, neck, shirt, pants and hand.
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Police also received a call to check on the welfare of Birdsall on Jan. 31, at his residence.
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Police have also found a link between Viola Ross and Birdsall.
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According to the affidavit, a mutual friend arranged for Viola Ross and Birdsall to meet.
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The mutual friend went riding with Viola Ross and Birdsall in his vehicle.
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Reports also state that about 10:45 p.m., Jan. 30, a witness observed two black vehicles traveling east from 10th Street and Avenue T. The witness said both vehicles ran stop signs at Avenue S and Avenue R. The witness also said the cars then turned south onto Avenue Q. The witness said the rear vehicle was a black Saab and believes it was Doug Birdsall's car. The witness also said he could see people in the vehicles, but could not identify anyone.
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DNA testing showed that a blood stain on the sweatshirt belonged to Doug Birdsall.
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Doug Birdsall was the Texas Tech University Associate Dean of Libraries. Texas Tech University dedicated a sculpture to Birdsall at the university library September 25.
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During his tenure at the library, Birdsall created an Art in the Library Committee, and often recommended purchases and donated artwork.
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The evidence shows that appellant's victims (Viola Ross and Douglas Birdsall) were apparently murdered in Birdsall's car in an alley outside appellant's apartment complex.
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DNA testing showed that a blood stain on the sweatshirt belonged to Birdsall.
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A rational jury could also have found that Birdsall was an unintended victim and that appellant intentionally murdered him for no other reason than that Birdsall was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Vaughn Ross was convicted and sentenced to death in Texas state court for the 2001 murders of Viola Ross and Douglas Birdsall during the same criminal episode.
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While they were talking, Teresa Williams came to Viola's house and told her that Douglas Birdsall was there, looking for a young, black female prostitute.
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To accommodate Birdsall, Viola delayed going for McVade, and offered to take Birdsall to someone who would be interested.
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To accommodate Birdsall, Viola delayed going for McVade, and offered to take Birdsall to someone who would be interested.
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Viola left with Birdsall and Williams.
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The next day, the bodies of Birdsall and Viola were found inside Birdsall's car, which was parked in a ravine.
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When confronted with the physical evidence-the close proximity of the crime scene to his apartment, the blood and glass found there, the latex glove tip-Ross did not admit killing Viola and Birdsall, but said that if the police had what they said they had, then they had the truth.


Ross was found guilty of capital ...

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Ross was found guilty of capital murder for the January 2001 slayings of Douglas Birdsall, 53, an associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech, and 18-year-old Viola McVade, the sister of Ross' girlfriend.


A bicyclist spotted the bodies of ...

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A bicyclist spotted the bodies of Douglas Birdsall, 53, the associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech University, and Viola Ross McVade in a car in a gully at a Lubbock park.

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Court documents said Birdsall had been looking for a prostitute and that a friend of McVade introduced him to her that evening.
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Prosecutors contend McVade was the intended target, and that Birdsall was at the wrong place at the wrong time.


Ross was executed for the slayings ...

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Ross was executed for the slayings of Douglas Birdsall, 53, the associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech University, and Viola Ross McVade.

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Authorities believed Birdsall and McVade were ambushed in an alley behind Ross' apartment after Ross had ordered McVade's sister to leave.
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Court documents said Birdsall had been looking for a prostitute and that a friend of McVade introduced him to her that evening.
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Prosecutors contend McVade was the intended target, and that Birdsall was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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A brother of Birdsall was among people watching the execution through a death chamber window. He declined to speak with reporters.
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Ross was executed for the slayings of Douglas Birdsall, 53, the associate dean of libraries at Texas...

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