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Gerald Cornelius ELDRIDGE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Revenge
Number of victims: 2
Date of murder: January 4, 1993
Date of birth: March 4, 1964
Victims profile: Cynthia Bogany, 28 (his former girlfriend) and her daughter, Chirissa, 9
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Harris County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death June 24, 1994

The United States Court of Appeals
For the Fifth Circuit


opinion 08-70012



Houston killer on death row loses appeal - The Associated Press

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

HOUSTON -- A Houston man convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter lost an appeal that contended he was ineligible for execution because he was mentally disabled, moving him closer to his punishment for the slayings more than 16 years ago.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday turned down Gerald Cornelius Eldridge, 45, convicted of the fatal shootings of Cynthia Bogany, 28, and her daughter, Chirissa. The two were gunned down at a north Houston apartment where Bogany and Eldridge’s son, Terrell, 9, and Bogany’s boyfriend at the time, Wayne Dotson, also were shot but survived.

The New Orleans-based court specifically refused to grant permission for Eldridge to move forward with his appeal that contended an IQ test given to him showed his score was 72, making him mildly disabled.

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that mentally disabled people may not be executed.

A federal district judge had rejected his appeal, finding the results were unreliable because the defense expert hired to conduct the test failed to consider or test for the possibility that Eldridge deliberately performed poorly on the test. Earlier tests showed his IQ to be higher and school records supported prosecution arguments that he was not mentally disabled.

Bogany and her daughter were killed Jan. 4, 1993, at their Houston apartment. Terrell Bogany testified at Eldridge’s capital murder trial and told jurors his father shot his sister between the eyes at close range after he’d kicked in the door. He also described the shooting of Dotson and his own shooting, how his father stood over him and shot at his head. He said he turned his head and the bullet wound up in his shoulder. He also said he saw his mother run from the apartment as Eldridge pursued her.

She was shot outside as she ran to another apartment.

At his 1994 trial, Eldridge refused to sit through the punishment phase. A Harris County jury deliberated about 30 minutes before deciding on the death sentence.

Records showed Eldridge was sentenced in 1985 to eight years in prison for attempted murder for shooting a man eight times. He was released three years later, then was returned to prison in 1990 for beating his son. After his parole four months later, records showed he tried to kill the boy.

Eldridge does not have an execution date.


Hoping to Avoid Execution, Killer Cites Low IQ

The Houston Chronicle

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Attorneys for a Houston man sent to death row in 1994 for killing his ex-girlfriend and her daughter are hoping that a five-year-old Supreme Court ruling that forbids states from executing the mentally retarded will save their client.

Gerald Cornelius Eldridge, 43, fatally shot Cynthia Bogany, 28, and her 9-year-old daughter after storming into their north Houston apartment. Eldridge also wounded his 7-year-old son with Bogany in the January 1993 shooting spree.

Eldridge's attorneys are trying to convince a Houston federal judge their client cannot be executed. Screenings since childhood have estimated Eldridge's IQ as low as 61 and higher than 110. Anything 70 or less is considered retarded.

Because the results of such examinations can deviate by 5 points, someone can test as high as 75 and still be considered mentally retarded under the high court's 2002 ruling.

"What we need to show is that he has an IQ less than 75, that he has adaptive deficits in at least two areas and that the onset of mental retardation began before age 18," said his longtime attorney, Lee Wilson.

Patricia Averill, a psychologist, spent most of Monday describing why she diagnosed Eldridge as mildly mentally retarded.



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