Ricky Leon Douglas
Douglas County - Oregon
Sentenced to death: 1989
Douglas, a methamphetamine dealer, paid a Coos Bay man $10,000 to
kill a romantic rival. David Ray Marr killed Charles E. Pease, 29, of
Myrtle Creek in 1987. Douglas' wife had gone to live with Pease, her ex-boyfriend.
Pease's throat was slit.
Douglas' sentence was later overturned because of a 1989 U.S.
Supreme Court ruling that said Oregon's death penalty law was
unconstitutional because it failed to allow defendants to put on
evidence that might persuade a jury to hand down a sentence other than
Interesting fact: The murder sparked what was at the time the most
extensive drug investigation in Douglas County history. Investigators
eventually raided nine locations in four counties in 1988, seizing drugs,
surveillance equipment and cash.
Status: Serving a life sentence.