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 April 15, 1993,
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 April 21, 1993, 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.
George Skatzes Other News
*My Crime Library Admin – I received a comment stating that they believed that George Skatzes is innocent of all charges against him. I gave the person an opportunity to write an article regarding this claim and this is what I received:
George Skatzes? Truth and Justice for George Skatzes
In the site above there is proof of his innocence in both his original conviction and his 1993 death row case. Evidence includes but is not limited to confessions of the inmates who actually committed the murders and statements of people who admit they lied about George in his original case. you may feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. If there is anyone who could come forward with assistance in getting an innocent man off death row please let me know as his case has been in appeals court about 20 years. He has been on death row 24 years and total time wrongfully incarcerated about 38 years. Any help is greatly appreciated. Please don’t just take my word for his innocence research and see the proof. Help us get back some life that was wrongfully stolen from us! Thank you!
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