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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Prison escape - Robbery
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: June 22, 1988
Date of arrest: July 10, 1988 (in Mexico)
Date of birth: November 29, 1961
Victims profile: Myrtle and Buford Vester
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Stewart County, Tennessee, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 4, 1991

The Supreme Court of Tennessee

State of Tennessee v. William E. Hall and Derrick D. Quintero

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee

Derrick Quintero and William Eugene Hall, Jr. v. State of Tennessee

Derrick Quintero and William Hall were sentenced to death for the 1988 murders of Myrtle and Buford Vester in their Stewart County home. Quintero and Hall, escapees from Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville, entered the Vesters’ home through a window, shot and stabbed the couple and stole their car.


Derrick Quintero

On June 16, 1988, eight prisoners escaped from Three Cellhouse, the maximum security section of the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, Kentucky.   Three of the eight escaped prisoners, Billy Hall, Derrick Quintero and James Blanton, traveled together to Stewart County, Tennessee, fifty miles from the prison, where they brutally murdered Buford and Myrtle Vester.  

The death certificates listed the date of death for both victims as June 22, 1988, the date their bodies were found.   Buford Vester was shot from an outside window.   Myrtle Vester was shot once with a high powered rifle, was shot again at close range with a sawed-off shotgun, and was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and chest.   Following a trial by jury, Hall, Quintero and Blanton were each found guilty of the murders of Buford and Myrtle Vester and sentenced to death.


Derrick Quintero



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