2012 Execution #16
Thomas Arnold Kemp, Jr.
Executed April 25, 2012 10:08 a.m. by Lethal Injection in Arizona
16th murderer executed in U.S. in 2012
1293rd murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
3rd murderer executed in Arizona in 2012
31st murderer executed in Arizona since 1976
Hector Juarez was kidnapped by Kemp and his accomplice, Jeffrey Logan, in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived. Logan would later report to the police that he and Kemp forced Juarez to withdraw money with an ATM card then drove him to a remote area and shot him, then drove to Colorado. At trial, Kemp stated that his biggest mistake was not killing Logan and that since the victim was a wetback, he did not deserve to live. On the run, the pair would later kidnap a couple in Colorado. When they eventually escaped, Logan went to the police. Accomplice Logan was tried first, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder.
“I regret nothing.”
Final / Special Meal:
A cheeseburger, fries and root beer; boysenberry pie with strawberry ice cream.
He trembled as the drugs coursed through his veins, took some deep breaths and went still. Thomas Kemp, 63, was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m. local time at the state prison in Florence, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix