Death Penalty Appeal - Detail (read more on the above link)
Skatzes, George County: Montgomery
Summary of Crime: During the riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility ("Lucasville"), Skatzes, with the help of other inmates, murdered prison guard, 40-year-old Robert Vallandingham, and two prison inmates, 31-year-old David Sommers and 41-year-old Earl Elder. Skatzes was a member of the prison's Aryan Brotherhood, who along with other prison inmates, held prison guards and inmates hostage. On 4/15/93, muslim inmates strangled Mr. Vallandingham to death with a cord and baseball bat. Skatzes also directed another inmate to stab Mr. Elder numerous times with a shank. On 4/21/93, Skatzes stabbed, choked and beat Mr. Sommers to death with a baseball bat. Skatzes received a death sentence for the aggravated murders of Mr. Sommers and Mr. Elder. At the time, Skatzes was serving a life sentence for a 1983 aggravated murder conviction. Jason Robb, Carlos Sanders and James Were also received death sentences for their involvement in the murders.
"If they come in here, they're going to kill all of us." They're going to kill this man and me, no matter what color we are." George Skatzes' quote at the time of the Lucasville Riot.