FLEENOR, D. H. # 25
EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION 12-09-99 01:37 A.M.
DOB: 10-29-1951 DOC#: 14942 White Male
Johnson County Circuit Court
Venued from Jefferson County
K. Alcorn, Wilmer Goering
Defense: Ted R. Todd, Larry
Date of Murder: December
Victim(s): Nyla Harlow
W/F/49 (Mother-In-Law); Bill Harlow W/M/58 (Husband of
Method of Murder:
shooting with .22 handgun
Summary: Fleenor went to an evening church service
attended by his estranged wife, Sandra Sedam, and her
parents, Bill and Nyla Harlow. He stayed briefly, then
left. When Sandra and her parents returned to their home,
Fleenor appeared in the hallway and immediately shot Bill
with a .22 he purchased earlier in the day. Fleenor
ordered Sandra, her mother, and 3 grandchildren to sit on
the couch. He allowed Nyla to go to her husband. As Nyla
assisted Bill on the floor, Fleenor shot her in the head.
He ordered Sandra and the kids to carry her body to the
bedroom. He forced Sandra to drive to her brother's home
to tell him they would be out of town for a few days,
then returned to the Harlow home. Bill was still alive
and asked about his wife. Fleenor said, "I can't let
him suffer" and shot him dead. The next morning,
Fleenor fled to Tennessee with Sandra and the children in
Trial: Information for Murder filed/PC Hearing (12-20-82); Change of Venue Ordered (03-17-83); Voir Dire (11-07-83; 11-09-83, 11-10-83, 11-14-83; 11-15-83, 11-16-83,); Jury Trial (11-17-83; 11-21-83, 11-23-83, 11-28-83; 11-29-83, 11-30-83 12-01-83); Deliberations 3 hours, 55 minutes; Verdict (12-01-83); DP Trial (12-05-83, 12-06-83); Deliberations 8 hours, 5 minutes; Verdict (12-06-83); Court Sentencing (01-04-84).
Sentencing: January 4,
1984 (Death Sentence; no sentence entered for Burglary)
b(1) Burglary; Lying in Wait; 2 murders
history of alcohol abuse, stepfather abused him in
formative years, low intelligence; IQ 80-90, low
tolerance for stress, continuous depression, turbulent
childhood, antisocial personality disorder, reckless with
poor judgment control, remorseful, he could lead a useful
and productive life in prison, he was kind to children
Fleenor v. State, 514 N.E.2d 80 (Ind. October 13, 1987)
Conviction Affirmed 5-0 DP Affirmed 5-0
Debruler Opinion; Shepard, Givan, Pivarnik, Dickson concur.
Fleenor v. Indiana, 109 S. Ct. 189 (1988)
PCR Petition filed 01-30-89. PCR denied by special Judge Mark Lloyd on 02-12-91.
Fleenor v. State, 622 N.E.2d 140
(Appeal of PCR denial by Special Judge Mark
Affirmed 5-0; DeBruler Opinion; Shepard, Givan, Dickson, Krahulik concur.
Fleenor v. Indiana, 115 S. Ct. 507 (1994)
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed 08-22-94 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana.
Petition for Habeas Writ denied by Judge David Hamilton on 02-02-98.
Fleenor v. Farley, 47 F.Supp.2d 1021 (S.D. Ind. February 2, 1998)
Fleenor v. Anderson, 171 F.3d 1096 (7th. Cir. 1999)
(Appeal of Habeas denial, Affirmed 2-1; Posner Opinion; Coffey concurs, Rippey dissents)
Fleenor v. Anderson, 120 S.Ct. 215 (October 4, 1999) (Cert. Denied)
Fleenor v. Anderson, 120 S.Ct. 211 (October 10, 1999) (Cert. Denied)
Fleenor v. State, 718 N.E.2d 752 (Ind. October 25, 1999)
(Order setting date for execution of death sentence)
Schornhorst v. Anderson, 77 F.Supp.2d 944 (S.D. Ind. December 7, 1999)
(Petition to stay execution on grounds of incompetence filed by former attorneys, denied by Judge David Hamilton)
Fleenor v. Anderson, 120 S.Ct. 611 (December 8, 1999)
(Stay of execution denied) (Cert. Denied)
FLEENOR WAS EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION 12-09-99 1:37 AM EST. HE WAS THE 77th CONVICTED MURDERER EXECUTED IN INDIANA SINCE 1900 AND 7TH SINCE 1977.
As of July 1, 2006