Robert Diamond, Pennsylvania

 

Update: Monday, February 23, 2015 1:18 pm EST

Robert J. Diamond was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EDT, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania. Robert’s execution has been stayed. Thirty-nine-year-old Robert is convicted of murdering 46-year-old Angel Guadalupe and 52-year-old Reginald Woodson on August 1, 2008, in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Robert has spent the last five years on Pennsylvania’s death row.

Robert alleges that he had a chaotic and unstable childhood. His father died when he was young. He was bullied and isolated in school and was physically abused by his uncle. Robert struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Robert Diamond worked as a forklift operator at Simon & Shuster book warehouse for five and one half years. In April 2008, Diamond was fired for absenteeism without explanation. Prior to his termination, Diamond had once been reprimanded for calling a young employee “boy.” Diamond also claimed that during his employment, he was discriminated against, harassed, and made fun of for being a hard worker.

By August 1, 2008, Diamond was still out of work and running low on money. He drove to the warehouse where he used to work to seek revenge for his allegedly unfair treatment. That day, he also made an audiotape, referred to his “last will and testament.” He listed specific people he had a grudge against and ended by facetiously thanking his mother and sisters for not helping him obtain his inheritance from his aunt, claiming that he would not have to do what he was about to do if he had some more money.

 

Diamond arrived at the warehouse around 3:30 pm, when the shift he used to work was ending. All employees leaving for the day were lined up to “clock out.” Angel Guadalupe, exited the building and began walking towards a white SUV, which was a vehicle similar to the one driven by a man with whom Diamond had engaged in a verbal altercation with while working there. Diamond and never met nor worked with Angel, however, since Angel was hispanic, Diamond considered him the same as the black man with whom he had an altercation. Diamond exited his vehicle and shot at Angel in his vehicle. Angel attempted to escape, but Diamond continued shooting. Angel received two fatal gunshot wounds.

 

Diamond then walked behind the white vehicle and checked the remaining rounds in the magazine. Diamond did not fire at any other employees until Reginald Woodson approached him and asked what he was doing. Reginald then attempted to run inside the warehouse. Diamond shot him in the back, an act witnessed by several other employees, and caught on a security camera.

 

Police officers arrived at the scene promptly. Diamond still had his weapon and raised it to his own head. Officers drew their weapons and ordered Diamond to lay down his and get on the ground. Diamond calmly did as police instructed. Diamond told police officers that he had intended to also kill himself, but they arrived too quickly.

 

After being read his Miranda rights, Diamond confessed to the murders, stating he did not know Angel but killed him anyway, shooting him until he stopped moving. He also admitted to shooting Reginald.

 

Diamond pled guilty to two countless of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to death by a judge.

 

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on executions in the state. Governor Wolf has announced that all execution in the state of Pennsylvania are on hold until he receives and reviews a report on capital punishment in the state, which was ordered in 2011. In his announcement, he called the death penalty in Pennsylvania a "flawed system," "ineffective," "unjust," and "expensive." The governor will continue to issue stay of executions until all problems in the report are satisfactorily addressed. Read more about the announcement here.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Angel Guadalupe and Reginald Woodson. Please pray for strength for the family of Robert Diamond. Please pray that Robert may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

 

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