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Allen Winslow BRIDGERS

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery - Bridgers had been living with the victim
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: May 23, 1997
Date of arrest: 5 days after
Date of birth: March 6, 1971
Victim profile: Mary Amie, 53
Method of murder: Shooting
LocationSmith County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on May 14, 1998
 
 
 
 
 
 

Name

TDCJ Number

Date of Birth

Bridgers, Allen

999267

03/06/1971

Date Received

Age (when Received)

Education Level

05/14/98

27

10 years

Date of Offense

Age (at the Offense)

County

05/23/97

27

Smith

Race

Gender

Hair Color

Black

Male

Black

Height

Weight

Eye Color

5-8

153

Brown

Native County

Native State

Prior Occupation

Portsmouth City

Virginia

Unknown

Prior Prison Record

None

Summary of incident


On May 25, 1997 Bridgers murdered a 53-year-old black female. Bridgers had been living with the victim and took a .38-caliber revolver and fatally shot her in the throat. Bridgers then stole her 1985 Lincoln Town car, which he later left at a bus terminal in Dallas, Texas. Then Bridgers took a bus to Florida. He was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on May 28, 1997.
 

Co-defendants

None

Race and Gender of Victim

Black female

 
 
 
 
 
 
Texas Attorney General

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Media Advisory: Allen Bridgers Scheduled For Execution

AUSTIN ó Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott offers the following information about Allen Bridgers, who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2006. In April 1998, Bridgers was convicted and sentenced to death for his involvement the robbery and shooting death of Mary Amie in Tyler, Texas. A summary of the evidence presented at trial follows.

FACTS OF THE CRIME

On May 23, 1997, Allen Bridgers killed Mary Amie at her home in Tyler. Bridgers had been living with Amie.

Amie had borrowed about sixteen-hundred dollars from a bank to build a fence, and she kept that money inside her purse. Amie also owned about two or three thousand dollars worth of jewelry that she also kept inside of her pocketbook. Bridgers confessed that he killed Amie for the money and jewelry. Bridgers said he shot Amie after she got into bed with him, then grabbed her purse and the keys to her Lincoln Town Car and ran out the front door. Amieís body was discovered on May 25 by a niece.

Five days after Amie was murdered, police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida took Bridgers into custody on a Texas arrest warrant. Bridgers gave police a taped statement.

PROCEDURAL HISTORY
  • Aug. 21, 1997 - A grand jury indicted Bridgers for the capital murder of Mary Amie.

  • Apr. 9, 1998 - Judgment is entered in the 114th Judicial District of Smith County after a jury found Bridgers guilty of capital murder and following a separate punishment hearing, the court assessed a sentence of death.

  • Dec. 29, 1999 - Bridgers filed a state writ application in the trial court, concurrent with his direct appeal.

  • Oct. 25, 2000 - Bridgersí conviction and sentence were affirmed on direct appeal by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

  • May 31, 2000 - The Court of Criminal Appeals denied Bridgersí application for state habeas relief and adopted the findings of the trial court.

  • Apr. 15, 2002 - Bridgers filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the federal district court.

  • Mar. 30, 2005 - The federal district court denied habeas relief.

  • Dec. 2, 2005 - The 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals denied Bridgers a certificate of appealability.

  • Mar. 24, 2006 - Bridgers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for certiorari review.

  • June 26, 2006 - The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review

PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY

Bridgers was previously convicted in federal court of reckless driving, attempting to evade police officers, and carrying a concealed weapon. Further, Bridgers has prior convictions in the State of Georgia for burglary and credit card fraud.

 
 

Allen Bridgers

ProDeathPenalty.com

On May 25, 1997, the body of Mary Amie was discovered by her niece at her home in Tyler, Texas. That same day Allen Bridgers flew from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Three days later on May 28, Fort Lauderdale Police Department received information from Crime Stoppers regarding a possible suspect wanted in Texas for murder. Bridgers was arrested and confessed to murdering Mary and taking her purse, jewelry and car.

Bridgers had been living with Mary at her trailer home for several weeks after being introduced by the woman's nephew, a truck driver who brought Bridgers to Texas from Norfolk, Va., where Bridgers' family lived.

Acting on a tip from an informant, police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., arrested Bridgers three days after Amie's body was found by a niece. He then confessed to the shooting, saying he knew Amie was carrying in her purse several thousand dollars, including money she had borrowed from a bank to build a fence around her place.

He said after she climbed into bed, he pulled out a .38-caliber revolver she kept beside her bed and pulled the trigger. The first shot misfired. A second wounded her in the back. He told police he fired two more times into her throat because he "didn't want nobody to hear her hollering."

Then he grabbed her purse and the keys to her Lincoln Town Car and drove off. He used some of the money for crack, for two women he took to a motel room, then drove to Dallas, where he left the car parked near a bus station, pawned jewelry that was in the purse and bought a plane ticket to Florida.

UPDATE:

A man convicted of fatally shooting a Tyler woman at her home and stealing jewelry, money and her car has won a temporary reprieve from execution after his lawyers argued he is mentally handicapped. Allen Bridgers, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night. But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday ordered his case back to Smith County for the trial court to consider whether he is mentally handicapped. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that mentally handicapped people cannot be executed. "I'm guilty of the crime but I wasn't in the right frame of mind," Bridgers said. "I took a life but I shouldn't go pay for it with my life. It's like them playing God. I just want people to understand I'm not a bad person. I'm no serial killer. I just made a mistake." Bridgers' case will go before District Judge Cynthia Kent, who presided over his trial.

 
 

PenPal request

Lampofhope.org

My name is Allen Winslow Bridgers and I am currently confined to Texasís notorious death row.

For the last seven years of my life has been a delicate balance between hope and hopelessness between growth and despair. There have been times when I felt positive about my chance of getting off death row, on the brink of a court ruling or after receiving some good news from my attorney. But those times are few and far between. I am under no illusion about what the state of Texas intends for me and I must admit the whole idea makes it hard for me to sleep some nights. I am not afraid to dies, yet I am afraid Iíll never get out and share the world with the man Iíve grown into. When I came to Death Row I could hardly read and write. Over the years I taught myself by spelling words from the dictionary. As I grew to understand more words I began to have a deeper appreciation of life. That along with all the people Iíve seen get executed over the years has made me more compassionate person. I am still not a very good writer but I am learning more everyday.

With this website, I hope to introduce you to my plight and the critical state of appeals. I desperately need to hire an appeal specialist and possibly an investigator in order to expose the injustices prevailing my case.

If you would like to learn more about the issues surrounding my conviction, I would be glad to share them with you. Moreover, I look forward to developing friendships with people on the outside. I am a normal guy who has views, opinions and concerns like most people. I know that death row is often sensationalized in the media (we are all mass murderers according to the television). So I often find myself having to prove my humanity to people before the can feel comfortable sharing themselves with me. If anything please know I am none of what you expect me to be.

I was born and raised in Norfolk, VA and my family members still live in Virginia and Georgia. My birthday is on the 6th of March, so Iím 34 years old. I am a strong non-denominational Christian believer.

My hobbies are old and fast cars, basketball, football, reading and just having fun in life. My favorite author is James Patterson and my favorite books by him are the Alex Cross series. I am currently reading his latest called Hollywood. I grew up around the ocean all my life, so my favorite food is seafood, and I love butter pecan ice cream.

I enjoy listening to all types of music because I am in a cell 23 hours a day alone. Texas death row inmates are not allowed to have a television, so I spend a lot of time listening to my radio or reading a good book. My love for music is Jazz, because it helps me relax my mind and body. Ay favorite musician is Sade because every song she sings makes me feel as though I were sharing the same feelings, so I feel very close to her music.

I look forward to a true person who is willing to correspond with me. I welcome all sexes, races, and religions to write.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Allen W. Bridgers #999267

 
 


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