Gerald Eldridge was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for the murder of a woman and her daughter. According to court documents Gerald Eldridge would shoot to death his former girlfriend and her nine year old daughter. Gerald Eldridge would also shoot a seven year old boy who would survive his injuries. Gerald Eldridge would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
Gerald Eldridge 2022 Information
SID Number: 03525779
TDCJ Number: 00999108
Name: ELDRIDGE,GERALD CORNELIUS
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: POLUNSKY
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW
Inmate Visitation Eligible: YES
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A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Houston man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend and 9-year-old daughter in 1993 has been feigning symptoms of mental illness to avoid execution.
The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agrees with a 2013 ruling by a district court that there was extensive evidence Gerald Eldridge’s claims of incompetence were fraudulent.
Eldridge, 52, was sentenced to death in June 1994 after he murdered his former girlfriend, Cynthia Bogany, and her daughter, Chirissa, in January 1993. Eldridge also shot his 7-year-old son, Terrell, and Bogany’s boyfriend at the time, Wayne Dotson.
He narrowly escaped execution in 2009 when U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal halted the punishment two hours before his scheduled lethal injection in Huntsville. Eldridge’s lawyers argued at the time that Eldridge was too mentally ill to be executed.
Eldridge has told authorities he has seen spaceships, wrangled with a winged monster that kept people from getting into heaven and chatted with Bogany — the woman he murdered — during jailhouse visits, according to the Houston Chronicle.
At the hearing to determine the veracity of Eldridge’s claims of mental illness, the district court heard testimony from four mental-health experts. The experts said that while there was some evidence Eldridge was mentally ill, there was far more evidence that he had a greater understanding of reality than he was letting on.
Eldridge’s attorneys appealed the case, but with Monday’s ruling, Eldridge’s death sentence has been reaffirmed. His attorneys could now take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.