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Bobby Batiste sentenced to death

 

Tim Pratt

 

After three hours of deliberation today, an Oktibbeha County jury sentenced 29-year-old Bobby Batiste to death for the capital murder of his rommate last year at 21 Apartments.  

 

The jury of eight men and four women deliberated for three hours before returning its decision. Family members of victim Andreas Galanis were in tears after Circuit Court Clerk Angie McGinniss announced Batiste''s sentence.  

 

"I finally have closure over what happened to Andreas," said Matthew Sfirakis, a close family friend who said he was "like a brother" to Galanis. "We''ve just got to move on. We''ll move on one step at a time. He''s in a better place. He''s an angel. He''s looking down on us." 

 

"He didn''t deserve what happened to him," Sfirakis added. 

 

Sfirakis comforted Galanis'' sister, Christina, and mother, Katerina, throughout the week-long trial. Christina Galanis, 26, was emotional after the sentence was read, as well, and credited the Oktibbeha County Sheriff''s Department for arresting Batiste the day of the killing, and for all their subsequent work on the case. 

 

"I want to thank the sheriff''s department for doing such a great job and treating us like family," Christina Galanis said.  

 

District Attorney Forrest Allgood admitted the trial took an emotional toll on all involved. 

 

"People have the wrong notion about these things," Allgood said. "It''s very taxing emotionally. It''s very taxing mentally. I meant what I said in my closing argument. This isn''t something you do lightly. I believe very passionately in the death penalty. I think it''s appropriate; I think it''s a deterrent ..." 

 

Katerina Galanis declined to comment, but spoke earlier in the day on the witness stand of the tremendous loss she has faced. 

 

"My life is, somehow, it''s half gone," she said. "Andreas was our protector. He was the man of the house. He was the one who was always giving us advice, and he took it upon himself to do things in our house and protect our house." 

 

 

 

Becoming cold 

 

Katerina Galanis later went on to say how even her personality has changed since the death of her son.  

 

"I''m a cold-blooded person," she said. "I cannot say I love anybody anymore." 

 

Batiste''s mother, Annie, spoke earlier in the day on the witness stand, but couldn''t be reached for comment after the sentence was read in court. On the stand, she called Bobby Batiste a "sweet, kind-hearted person."  

 

The defense called nine witnesses to speak on Batiste''s behalf before sentencing. Among the group were former employers, school teachers, coaches and others.  

 

 

 

Batiste growing up 

 

All spoke of Batiste as a kind young man who would never hurt anybody. Batiste had to wipe tears from his eyes while his mother was on the witness stand and defense attorney Jim Lappan showed the courtroom photos of his client during different phases of his life, including infancy, his elementary school years and, lastly, as a teenager. 

 

But Allgood emphasized during questioning that most of the witnesses interacted regularly with Batiste as a teenager, but he will turn 30 in December. Allgood also said Batiste "deceived" a lot of people in his life into thinking he was a nice person.  

 

Batiste pleaded guilty in 2004 to credit-card fraud in Kemper County and was accused in his trial this week of spending more than $4,500 of Galanis'' money on a debit card without Galanis'' knowledge prior to killing him. Batiste also had two girlfriends when he was arrested March 7, 2008 for Galanis'' murder, neither of whom knew about the other. 

 

 

 

''Destroyer of dreams'' 

 

Allgood called Batiste a "parasite" earlier in the week and Saturday referred to him as a "destroyer of dreams." 

 

Lappan throughout the week didn''t deny Batiste killed Galanis. His argument was that the incident didn''t happen in the commission of a robbery and didn''t warrant a capital murder charge, which made Batiste eligible for the death penalty. 

 

Batiste said in police statements he used Galanis'' debit card regularly and that Galanis knew about the frequent transactions. Testimony this week by tellers at M&F Bank, located at the corner of Highway 12 and South Montgomery Street, said Galanis told a different story when he went into the bank the afternoon before his murder and realized $4,507 was missing from his checking account.  

 

Galanis told at least two M&F Bank employees that he never even activated his debit card. The card and his pin number were still sitting in a box in Galanis'' bedroom, he told the bank employees. 

 

But Galanis'' M&F Bank statements show the card was activated at the branch ATM at Highway 12 and South Montgomery Street on Dec. 25, 2007. Galanis was in Biloxi visiting his family at the time.  

 

In the few months after Christmas 2007, someone spent more than $4,500 while using Galanis''s debit card without his knowledge. Galanis told at least one teller at M&F Bank he suspected Batiste had used the debit card without his permission. 

 

What happened the morning of March 7, 2008 is still unclear. Batiste said Galanis threatened to shoot him over the missing money, then jabbed at him with a sword. A fight then ensued, during which, Batiste said in his statement, he put a rim adjuster in his bookbag and used it to strike Galanis three or four times in the head. 

 

 

 

Gruesome scene 

 

Photos of the crime scene shown Thursday in court gave jurors an idea of the violence which had taken place. Blood stains were found all over the carpet in at least three rooms in the apartment, and blood was spattered on walls and ceilings. Galanis'' head and face were covered with abrasions and contusions.  

 

Allgood believes Batiste could have killed Galanis because Galanis had filed a police report the night before his death about the missing money.  

 

Batiste tried to clean up the crime scene before sheriff''s deputies arrived. Galanis'' mother became worried when her son didn''t show up in Biloxi for a flight to Florida and asked the Sheriff''s Department to check on him. 

 

Batiste had put a sheet on the floor in the back of his Ford Explorer and admitted in his videotaped statement he was about to put Galanis in the vehicle and leave the scene when the first deputy arrived. Batiste has been in custody since he was arrested during the evening hours of March 7, 2008.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment Barbara B. commented at 10/31/2009 11:54:00 PM:

Tried and convicted the year after the murder took place. That's an amazing time frame compared to the national average. Go Mississippi!!

 

Article Comment LEC commented at 11/1/2009 10:49:00 PM:

Yes this is a tragic turn in such a kind person's life. I know Bobby personally from college and he is a good man. This is just a example of the need for positive mentors in our community not just when people are children but when they are adults too. I am personally praying for his family.

 

Article Comment Ridiculous commented at 11/2/2009 12:01:00 AM:

No, he is not a good man, he is a murderer. A 30 year old man doesn't need a mentor to know that you can't steal from your roommate and then beat him to death when he finds out.

 

Article Comment 14/88 commented at 11/2/2009 7:46:00 AM:

Justice is served!

 

Article Comment Glenda commented at 11/2/2009 9:21:00 AM:

I agree with "Ridiculous". Everyone knows right from wrong, mentor or not. And how good of a person could he be if he could beat someone to death?? This is just another case of a child growing up with every thing that he did wrong always beign covered up and him being paid out of. If they are accountable for their wrong doings in the beginning then they may not lead to this. Would it not be better to serve time for stealing $4507 than capital murder?? Good man and college student, ha! Yes, his family needs prayers, and I pray that there is not another on like him. But I pray more for the family who lost their loved one who will never see him again. The dear mother who will never get over her loss and the tragic way that he died. God bless her.

 

Article Comment Self-Reliant commented at 11/2/2009 9:23:00 AM:

there is nothing that can be said or no way to justify stealing and killing someone because they want what's rightfully dead i believe good people make bad choices but in this incident there is no justification

 

Article Comment BB commented at 11/2/2009 9:40:00 AM:

Here's a very appropriate quote. I don't know where it originated.

"A man is more than the worst thing he has ever done."

It's callous to think that this young man has never done anything good in his life - that he's only a murderer. God bless both families.

 

Article Comment MB commented at 11/2/2009 11:29:00 AM:

BB,
If he had done positive things in his life we would not be sitting here debating if he is a good man or not. If he had been a good man, he would have not stolen the debit card, stole the $4500+, and then murdered his room mate! Some people never understand evil and it is out there. He was a evil man who murdered someone! No matter how parents raise someone, you can never make the decisions for them. There is only one person to blame in this situation and that is Batiste! He was educated and almost completed his degree at MSU. He knew what he was doing and he knew he was wrong!!!

 

Article Comment mark commented at 11/2/2009 12:44:00 PM:

off to the gallows!

 

Article Comment fromkemper commented at 11/2/2009 3:26:00 PM:

I know Bobby, and he is a kind person who made a mistake. He did not deserve a capital murder sentence. He doesn't deserve to die, and hopefully he want. It was so unfair for him to have an all-white jury. I am praying for an appeal.

 

Article Comment Wow commented at 11/2/2009 3:59:00 PM:

Wow Fromkemper I wonder if you would be as sympathetic towards Bobby if he was white. It just shows what a deplorable racist you are, if you can excuse a murder on account of skin color. It doesn't matter if he is black or white. HE KILLED A PERSON. It doesn't matter if the Jury was black or white. HE KILLED A PERSON. He made a mistake???? Would you like for someone to make a similar mistake with regards to your relatives perhaps?

 

Article Comment from kemper ?? commented at 11/2/2009 7:52:00 PM:

Batiste picked 7 members of the jury?(1 alternate and 6 of the total 12). Did you even go to the trial? Did Batiste even show any emotion during the times evidence was revealed? Of course he didn't because he is what we call a cold blooded killer. Consider yourself lucky that you are breathing today if you hung out with this guy. The problem is that you live 200 years in the past and not the present. The jury is not racist fromkemper. In your mind unfortunately every white person is a racist. Your thought process does you more harm then good. Making a decision on this one was just to easy. Black or white doesn't matter. This guy was neither. He is what you call an animal. I am black and lived in the south. I ran as quick as i could because of people like you.

 

Article Comment KemperCountyResident commented at 11/2/2009 7:52:00 PM:

I know Bobby personally we were once in a relationship and he was nothing like the person he has become he has even stolen money from the church I never would have thought he would graduate to murder I hear his roommate was a really good guy and he really didn't deserve what Bobby did to him I for one think Bobby has gotten what he deserves I am praying for his family and his soul but yes indeed he has to be punished for his crime I am not a strong believer in the death penalty but I think murderers, and child molesters and abusers should be put to death I loved Bobby once and still care about him and I really do hate he has to come to this kind of end but justice has to be served and in this case I think it has been served all white jury or not he should die for his crime.... The Galanis family will also continue to be in my prayers I am glad that they have closure

 

Article Comment underthetracks commented at 11/4/2009 7:25:00 PM:

Hey MB... sorry I didnt get to bash you, in my first reply..just realized how stupid you sound too.
"If he had done positive things in his life we would not be sitting here debating if he is a good man or not."

Can you seriously say that to yourself a couple of times and maybe you will realize how moronic it sounds. Everyone has done things in their life that they regret..and everyon has been debated, or spoken about in regards to their wrong doings. Whether it is someone who has murdered, raped, stolen something...was a bully, slutted around the town.... we all make mistakes, if you didnt already know.

and I think that MOST people do know that there is EVIL out there... however those who fail to understand the difference between EVIL, and the contrary, are the ones that dont realize.

You are another one that totally gives away your position through your uncontrollable emotions. I'm willing to guess you are a family member, friend, or friend of friend that has alot of sympathy for Mr. Galanis. I think its a very unfortunate situation. I didnt know the guy, but from what I have read, he seemed to be a VERY upstanding person. He seemed to be a smart, ambitious, go-getter that definitely had a promising life ahead of him.. but you should definitely control your emotions, and think about what you you are going to type before you do. Are you a kid- like 13 or something? If so, I understand your reasoning, but if not, than grow up and use some logic in your sentiment.

 

Article Comment underthetracks commented at 11/4/2009 7:26:00 PM:

Hey MB... sorry I didnt get to bash you, in my first reply..just realized how stupid you sound too.
"If he had done positive things in his life we would not be sitting here debating if he is a good man or not."

Can you seriously say that to yourself a couple of times and maybe you will realize how moronic it sounds. Everyone has done things in their life that they regret..and everyon has been debated, or spoken about in regards to their wrong doings. Whether it is someone who has murdered, raped, stolen something...was a bully, slutted around the town.... we all make mistakes, if you didnt already know.

and I think that MOST people do know that there is EVIL out there... however those who fail to understand the difference between EVIL, and the contrary, are the ones that dont realize.

You are another one that totally gives away your position through your uncontrollable emotions. I'm willing to guess you are a family member, friend, or friend of friend that has alot of sympathy for Mr. Galanis. I think its a very unfortunate situation. I didnt know the guy, but from what I have read, he seemed to be a VERY upstanding person. He seemed to be a smart, ambitious, go-getter that definitely had a promising life ahead of him.. but you should definitely control your emotions, and think about what you you are going to type before you do. Are you a kid- like 13 or something? If so, I understand your reasoning, but if not, than grow up and use some logic in your sentiment.

 

Article Comment getreal commented at 11/4/2009 7:27:00 PM:

Hey MB... sorry I didnt get to bash you, in my first reply..just realized how stupid you sound too.
"If he had done positive things in his life we would not be sitting here debating if he is a good man or not."

Can you seriously say that to yourself a couple of times and maybe you will realize how moronic it sounds. Everyone has done things in their life that they regret..and everyon has been debated, or spoken about in regards to their wrong doings. Whether it is someone who has murdered, raped, stolen something...was a bully, slutted around the town.... we all make mistakes, if you didnt already know.

and I think that MOST people do know that there is EVIL out there... however those who fail to understand the difference between EVIL, and the contrary, are the ones that dont realize.

You are another one that totally gives away your position through your uncontrollable emotions. I'm willing to guess you are a family member, friend, or friend of friend that has alot of sympathy for Mr. Galanis. I think its a very unfortunate situation. I didnt know the guy, but from what I have read, he seemed to be a VERY upstanding person. He seemed to be a smart, ambitious, go-getter that definitely had a promising life ahead of him.. but you should definitely control your emotions, and think about what you you are going to type before you do. Are you a kid- like 13 or something? If so, I understand your reasoning, but if not, than grow up and use some logic in your sentiment.

 

Article Comment KC commented at 11/5/2009 9:13:00 AM:

I'M WIT UNDERTHETRACKS...N MS.KEMPERCOUNTYRESIDENT HOW CAN YOU SAY SUM LIKE DAT N YOU USE 2 DATE HIM...THINK TWICE N SPEAK ONCE!!!!!

 

Article Comment Glenda commented at 11/5/2009 11:03:00 AM:

To KemperCountyResident--Never mind KC and underthetracks--people change. There have been several people that have said what a good person he was. At least you know that what he did was wrong, and were not trying to take up for him as some others have been. And as far as the death penalty--it is not the proper punishement for all crimes. However, it is not used enough in my opinion!

KemperCountyResident--Hold your head up, you are not the one that sounds stupid!! Let's see if they can figure out who they are!

KemperCountyResident--I am one, too!! :)

 

Article Comment justice served commented at 11/6/2009 3:25:00 AM:

lets hope there is not a glitch with the execution and iti s carried through to give closure to the family.for every action is a consequence he is aware of that if not he would have plead insanity.you do the crime be preparedto do the time simply put.

 

Article Comment Family Member commented at 11/13/2009 9:48:00 PM:

I am a family member of Bobby. I always knew the "sweet and kind" Bobby. Words cannot explain how I feel for both of the families. I kno that the family is torn into pieces. I will forever keep them in my prayers. I really hate he got the death penalty but he's human just like all the other murders. I love him dearly. Anyone can snap and I believe that is what happened. The Galanis family will forever be in my heart and prayers. Let's not get on here and talk down on other peoples comments. I serve an awesome GOD and he hears a sinner's prayer. Yall just pray because if that was ur kin folk that killed someone, u wouldn't want to hear all da negative and harsh things. It hurts!! To the Galanis Family, I kno we can't bring him back but I am soo sorry that Bboby did what he did. Yall have my deepest sympathy.

 

Article Comment Naomi Smalls commented at 11/15/2009 10:28:00 PM:

Personally I believe that the people that grew up around him in the same county and school system would know him more than someone who only spent a few years in college with him. When you go to college you can almost start a brand new identitiy because no one knows you. Therefore how can you justify his actions the way that you do. Anyman that has the balls to steal money from his family, church, and friends and is afraid of going to jail would snap and kill someone but that doesn't make it okay. Yes, I blame him for his actions but I also blame the people that have always helped him cover up them up along the way. It just finally caught up to him. I'm not saying he should die but I do believe he should be punished SEVERLY.

 

Article Comment a friend commented at 11/16/2009 5:08:00 PM:

I know Bobby well I grew up with him he was not a killer,yes what he did was wrong and in no way am I excusing what he did but we have to look at it this way if yhe boy had killed a black boy he might have gotten 7 to 10 years .The man had a all white jury and judge we all know the racism is still a big part of Ms that was not fair but it wasn't fair what bobby did and if it went down the way the papers said maybe it was a accident I thoght if there was a reasonable doubt death penalty was out you are in everyone prayers

 

Article Comment a friend commented at 11/16/2009 5:13:00 PM:

The money situation UUHHH!!!! Don't act like you never stole and yes that was wrong of him to you don't know people situation understand before oyu speak a couple of years a go in philly ms a white man killed two teen black kids and only got a few years plus he called his neighbor and said I got them n....s so whers the justice huh!

 

Article Comment ms collinsville commented at 11/18/2009 9:07:00 PM:

I went to school with Bobby from kdg to 12th grade. He graduated with honors and was a nice, kindhearted guy. Yes what he did was wrong, but I do not believe in the death penalty. Life without the possibility of parole should have been considered. What he did was wrong and there are no excuses, a life sentence without parole would have sufficed. My prayers are with the Galanis family and with you, Ms Annie. You raised him right, he just made some bad choices. He did the crime, now he must do the time.

 

Article Comment ms collinsville commented at 11/18/2009 9:13:00 PM:

Oh by the way, when a child gets in trouble you show me one parent that wouldn't help their child. If yours didn't, what kind of parents do you have? I'm not being mean, but parents will always help their children, no matter what they did. I know mine would. I don't think it is a race thing. Just a good excuse for the conviction he received.

 

Article Comment kevonte commented at 1/19/2010 9:52:00 AM:

Its not our job to place judgement on Bobby that's between him and the God he serves. Yes in our eyes taking someone's life shows us the callous of the heart. But God said no sin is greater than another as long as he have repented he is fine in my book. Yes a life was lost but why take another life to justify the killing of another. I never understood death peanlty. Are we in some 3rd world country?! Some may say due to Bobby's age that he knew right from wrong. But you never get to old to learn the ways of the world. Some take longer some just get to adjusted to the fast cash. God be wit both families as they both lost a son.

 

Article Comment Just commented at 1/19/2010 2:27:00 PM:

Wow, I have seen evidence of spending on a stolen credit card, before and after death. I have seen evidence of a object placeed in a book bag- which takes a minute at least to do.I have seen evidence of a man's blood all over an apartment of students who were getting an education to make their lives better. I have seen a wheel barrel with a body of a man who for his own reasons , had a credit card in a place , he thought was safe, was never used by him , and for that his life is gone. Lord help us all. Quick question for the defenders of this man= if it was your mom, brother, child or you who was bashed to death what would you say then??? Race has nothing to do with Life. (P>S I dont do debates but to those still there trying to get an education- Keep going and live your life, your life does matter to someone.

 

Article Comment sofab commented at 1/19/2010 2:29:00 PM:

underthetracks,kc,mscollinsville you all r saying things thats ur opinions but I agree with everyone else u do something wrong u deserve the consequent. A person never realize things unless it happens to someone in their family then they will agree what justice has been serve. As far as the color of the jury doesnt matter, because they all have a heart and the evidence that was presented helped them with their decision which was only fair, eye for an eye.

 

Article Comment Jmoon commented at 1/19/2010 5:54:00 PM:

First of all I'm black,I don't defend you or vote for you bacause you black. I just heard about this case this morning on In Session. I have google this case and I'm up to par on it. I believe in the death penalty and if any case deserve it,this case do. Bobby knew what he was doing when he was doing it. What make it so sad is when some black people try to make race a issure when clearly it wasn't the case. If I were on that jury I would've voted death no matter what skin color it might be. A human life was taken and Bobby need to pay with his life. Plain and simple. Case close.

 

Article Comment on this case hard commented at 1/19/2010 10:11:00 PM:

I believe Bobby did a very bad thing stealing that money and killing that man as well, BUT he did not commit capital murder according to the law. The money was stolen long before the incident, not during so in my opinion this state can just do what they do best and put another black man down and for the record i am a white construction major so don't get any black trying to defend another black ideas i just believe in being fair to a man of his crime no matter the race and this is a murder he plead guilty to so give him the rest of his life not death i know an appeal will come some day and pray he gets treated like i would have if i committed that same crime

 

Article Comment League commented at 1/20/2010 12:31:00 AM:

That was not robbery and murder..white people just is different for blacks...Placing a wallet in a bag to bury it is not robbery...The lead teller said the Greek was angry and Batiste was cool...If he was going off at the Bank of camera...then would go off at the apartment ...????huuhhh// They talk that night but then talks to his racist mom...My mom family is old school Greeks and almost all call blacks niggaz....He's a murderer but not death penalty..White people been killing off other racist for years...Tell them to cold case all the civil rights cases..it will never happen...because it was the past...But murder has no statue...American the country took from the indians, fielded by slaves, and makes billions off the prison system..whites are over 50% of the population,,but only less than 10% of the prison system..them numbers only make sense if whites are better citizens, or everything is stacked for them.. Let God do his job of justice..or stop talking about the middle east and there ways...America has more wipe out of many nation...Look in the mirror...

 

Article Comment League commented at 1/20/2010 12:40:00 AM:

That was not robbery and murder..white people justice is different for blacks...Placing a wallet in a bag to bury it is not robbery...The lead teller said the Greek was angry and Batiste was cool...If he was going off at the Bank on camera...then would go off at the apartment ...????huuhhh// They talk that night but then talks to his racist mom...My mom family is old school Greeks and almost all call blacks niggaz....He's a murderer but not death penalty..White people been killing off other racist for years...Tell them to cold case all the civil rights cases..it will never happen...because it was the past...But murder has no statue...American the country took from the indians, fielded by slaves, and makes billions off the prison system..whites are over 50% of the population,,but only less than 10% of the prison system..them numbers only make sense if whites are better citizens, or everything is stacked for them.. Let God do his job of justice..or stop talking about the middle east and there ways...America has more wiped out more nation of races...Look in the mirror...

 

Article Comment His life is over commented at 1/20/2010 11:01:00 AM:

I was watching this on "In Session". He definitely didn't seem very emotional at all even though he was panicking. Why did he take the wallet and how did he know it was empty? Obviously, he looked in the wallet or took the money.
I don't really care what he did after he killed him. He was panicking. I seriously doubt the victim would be picking a fight with a huge guy.
The victim should have just gone to the police, but too late now. Seems like if he didn't go to the police, he was giving Bobby every chance in the world.
Black vs. White shouldn't be brought in. I do think the Jury should have had some black people, especially since Jury of his peers didn't seem to be met. Doesn't Mississippi have a large black population (Sorry, can't use African American nomenclature since white people aren't called European American).
So, I think everyone agrees the penalty should be either life in prison or death. No argument there.
I don't think the death penalty does much for deterring crime. Do you actually think someone thinks about the long-term consequences in these types of crimes. However, I think the type of crime should determine what kind of life in prison you get (hard labor, solitary...etc).
And then actually inform the general public about how horrible it is in jail and not glorify it by having kids wear their pants around their thighs...which is how that fashion statement started (via jail)

 

Article Comment Momz commented at 1/20/2010 11:14:00 AM:

WOW!! This has certainly ruffled some (a lot) of feathers! A man was murdered- a man confessed. There are two very sad and "un" closured families. Both have lost a son. My prayers go out to both.
As a mother myself, I know as every other mother knows there is no end I would go to to protect my child. We are born with that instinct. Much love to the Galanis and the Batiste families.
As for the mudslingers and emotional attacks... you folks please go find a job, a hobby or some community service to do.

 

Article Comment CraziiPeople commented at 1/20/2010 11:17:00 AM:

Today I watched TRU TV on the trial of this case. I guess this must of happened a long time ago however after reading your guys comments this is insane. First and foremost this man committed murder. White jury Black jury Asian jury, he committed murder, by BLUNT FORCE. This is not a joke they were not playing and he accidently died. No, not at all. This man got the death penalty because he murdered his roomate, tried to clean up his mess, lied to the cops about where the roomate was at, stuffed him in a wheel barrel and covered him with sheets. You would rather our tax dollars go to keeping him alive in the prision? For what? You take a life, yours should be taken. No if ands or buts about it. He even admitted that he did this crime. As far as this robbery goes. Yes he stole money and a what was it debit card. Yes this was before the actual murder however the only reason the murder happened was because he found out about the money and was going to file a police report against him. This case what cut and close. This is a horrible thing that happened to a great person for no apparent reason. What he got he deserved. And on a side note just because someone says something on here that they are feeling fiery because of what someone else said is purely there own feelings that does not mean they cannot contain how they feel about a situation. Means that they are sick of what happened and cant believe no one else cant feel the same way.This story sickened me and he had NO REMORSE.

 

Article Comment robt greco commented at 1/20/2010 12:30:00 PM:

appeal will b won on incompetant defense period..should hav humanized bobby killed in defense n self protection as hewas threatened this guy should win appeali belive in death penalty this is not one of those

 

Article Comment jim commented at 1/20/2010 1:14:00 PM:

bring on the 440 volts, he deserves to die and that is what he is going to get. what a piece of *&^%

 

Article Comment shannonm commented at 1/20/2010 1:22:00 PM:

I, am a african american woman & if I were on the jury ,I,too, would have convicted Bobby & voted for death.What he did was unacceptable among any race.My heart goes out to both mother's.

 

Article Comment wrongturn commented at 1/20/2010 3:34:00 PM:

One is guaranteed a trial by a jury of ones peers. A white jury, a white judge, a white prosecutor, two white defense attorneys is not a jury of ones peers in this case. Certainly not in Mississippi, not even in Maine. The man has no remorse, and he is guilty. Because there are no blacks involved in the process, this trial is not just, and must not stand...This is a point of law and has nothing to do with guilt or innocence. He needs to be found guilty in a real courtroom tried and executed.

 

Article Comment Mary Greer commented at 1/20/2010 4:07:00 PM:

What is this world come to when a person can sit and discuss killing a man as if its a sport.No one has the right to take a life or steal another person property. Never the less you welcome death u are just as guilty as the man that done the crime whats the different. Both party loose here two dead men wouldn't you say a waste. I pray that God will heal our land. My prayers are with both family and I will support the living not the dead

 

Article Comment deserves exactly what he got commented at 1/20/2010 4:30:00 PM:

this man got EXACTLY what he deserved. to all of you defending this animal, if he killed your brother or any of your immediate family in such a brutal way and for such a stupid reason then i think you would want to serve the death penalty personally, I know i would. i mean really? over such a small credit card theft? the most he would of done was probably a year in jail IF THAT. put yourselves in the victims familys shoes. This man deserves nothing less than a slow painful death just as his victim got.

 

Article Comment ItSjUsTaNdYoUkNoWiT commented at 1/20/2010 9:33:00 PM:

This guy got exactly what he had coming to him. And as for your comment (wrongturn)he did have a trial by his peers and Im tired of hearing this stupid defense of it only happened to him because he's black, no it happened to him because he decided to kill somebody because again he made another bad choice of trying to steal money from him and got caught. Its time for people to grow up and except the punishment for the things that they do wrong and stop trying to blame others. I mean come on this guy batiste beat another person to DEATH with a tire iron, thats just discusting. There is absolutely no defense for having done such a hanous crime, he had to physically swing that tire iron everytime and purposely to have killed him. Just imagine if that was your loved one,would you want your loved one to die like that? The answer is no, so before you sit here and say that this was unjust you need to step back a listen for the pop... The pop is the sound your head makes when it comes out your asss for the first time and you realize that what happened here today was just.

 

Article Comment Tari commented at 1/21/2010 9:57:00 AM:

I COMPLETLY agree with ItSjUsTaNdYoUkNoWiT!!! He knew right from wrong. He screwed up and got caught and took advantage of innocent people and instead of facing the consequences like a man and admitting to and facing his mistakes he made the worst mistake ever. He took an innocent man's life over being caught for stealing his money. He's a cold blooded killer and deserves what he got!!!!

 

Article Comment amy commented at 1/21/2010 10:37:00 AM:

i am only here to say that because a man mudered another man does that give me the right to become a murderer and go unpunished? my personal belief is that god gives me the right to punish criminals. but god also says thou shalt not kill. and that includes me. so, to make it simple, i am unable to tell another man that he will die. i can however tell a man that he will spend the rest of his life in a prison so roten he will wish he was dead. i think we have made prisons too comfortable for prisoners. we actually give them jobs and pay them inside the prison system. i think this is wrong. i believe that if a person is roten enough to do a crime worth being sent to prison HE has the right to take and give life.

 

Article Comment notbuyingit commented at 1/21/2010 10:38:00 AM:

underthetracks you must be one of the dumbest there is. you don't make a mistke and beat some one to death, and then take his wallet go thru it and take credit cards since he had no money. a mistake is when you point a loaded gun thinking it was not loaded. hope they execute him as quik as they tryed him. and you know everyone makes mistakes hope I am not around you when you make what you call a mistake I may not live thru it

 

Article Comment notbuyingit commented at 1/21/2010 10:40:00 AM:

underthetracks you must be one of the dumbest there is. you don't make a mistke and beat some one to death, and then take his wallet go thru it and take credit cards since he had no money. a mistake is when you point a loaded gun thinking it was not loaded. hope they execute him as quik as they tryed him. and you know everyone makes mistakes hope I am not around you when you make what you call a mistake I may not live thru it

 

Article Comment gapeach commented at 1/21/2010 12:25:00 PM:

I don't think the death penalty is right. I feel bad for the Galanis family, really bad. But to give someone (not just Bobby Batiste, but anyone) the death penalty is absurd. That is cruel and unusual punishment! Bobby did something very wrong, but so do tons of other people. I am a mother, and if someone ever killed my child so brutally as Bobby did to Andreas, yes I would be mad, yes I would be hurt for the rest of my life, but I would never wish them death. People do wrong doings, but given enough time, alot of people see the error in their ways. Just as if my daughter killed someone else's child as brutally, I would hope she would be punished, but not killed (death penalty). The death penalty does nothing but glorify death really. It tells us that it is OK to kill. Who made the system God? God surely didn't! The devil is running our court rooms, and society! All I know is...it wrong to punish someone by death just because the killed someone, it goes back to you hit me, I'll hit you back. But if Andreas' mother had killed Bobby then she'd be in jail to. It's sad all this had to play out the way it did. But yes, murder is a mistake, so is lying, so is stealing, so is adultery, but none of you'll want to see it that way, cause the devil has you in his grasps to. It's called sinning, and God forgives all sins, and asks that we do as well. You all are sick and twisted, you want to kill a man, and just claim it as justification. You're just as sick and twisted as Bobby doing what he did. I do not condone what Bobby did, but I do not condone him being sentenced to death either!

 

Article Comment ItSjUsTaNdYoUkNoWiT commented at 1/21/2010 12:56:00 PM:

For all you idiots out there that sit here and say that the death penalty is unjust, your only saying that because you yourself have never had to go through someone in your family being beaten to death with a blunt object. You sit and try and be all high and mighty but i gaurantee you if someone were to do it to your loved one you would be the first one to scream kill him. It's time we stop ACTING like we are better than everyone else and be honest with ourselves, you kill somebody and it was on purpose then you deserve to be killed right back it's only fair. And yes God will judge each of us for what we have done in our time on earth and I can only hope that this Batiste guy goes straight to hell for what he has done, he killed a guy without any remorse, he never shed one single tear for this human being that he just took from this earth. If it were up to me he would die the same way his victim had to die, by being beaten to death with a tire iron so that he can feel what his friend felt as he repeatedly beat him on the head to death... I want to personally thank all of the jurors for making the correct choice in putting this animal to death.

 

Article Comment Jasmine R. Scott commented at 1/21/2010 1:33:00 PM:

Yes, Bobby was wrong for killing this young man, but everyone needs to realize, whoever kills Bobby is just as big a killer as he was. Two wrongs don't make a right. I don't care who kills who, family member or not. Maybe life in prison or some other alternative, but the death penalty is too much. I'm sorry, but that's how I feel.

 

Article Comment rick smith commented at 1/21/2010 1:54:00 PM:

I'm not really for the death penalty,fact is I could say I'd vote against it,however we have a case where there is VERY little doubt that they convicted the wrong person,someone who greedily took the life of another behind being afraid to face consequences for being a thief,so instead he kills someone?He should sit the next ten years in death row....the next twenty,then moved to general for another five to see a little of what its about before he is executed.

 

Article Comment shann commented at 1/21/2010 2:05:00 PM:

@Jasmine R. Scott I completely agree with you two wrongs definately dont make a right. Murder is murder no matter who commits it. Bobby committed the act and yes he should be punished but whose to say that someone else has the right to also take his life. If the murderer goes to hell then doesnt the one who kills the murderer go also? I respect everyones opinions its just so sad to know that in 2010 the world is still so racist.

 

Article Comment MIAMI305 commented at 1/21/2010 2:13:00 PM:

IM WITH YOU UNDERTHETRACKS. WE ALL HAVE FALLEN AND COME SHORT. SO ARE WE SAYING KILLING BATISTE MAKES IT RIGHT??? I BELIEVE HIM SITTING THERE FOR THE "REST OF HIS LIFE" IS THE BEST PUNISHMENT ONE CAN OBTAIN. IF ANY ONE OF YOU OWNS A BIBLE, PLEASE PULL IT OUT. THIS WAS A VERY TERRIBLE CRIME, AND WE HAVE TO BE TOTALLY REAL. "RACISM" DOES STILL EXIST. AND ESPECIALLY IN MISSISSIPPI, IF A BLACK MAN SO MUCH AS SPIT ON A WHITE MAN, SOMEONE IS LOOKING TO PUT HIM TO DEATH. IM NOT HER TO KNOCK WHAT ANYONE HAS TO SAY OR HOW YOU FEEL. BUT IN EVERY SITUATION, BE IT BAD OR GOOD, GOD HAS THE LAST SAY SO...... GOD BLESS ALL YOUR CHILDREN....

 

Article Comment disturbing commented at 1/21/2010 3:19:00 PM:

I have to say I am amazed at how many people are trying to trivialize this cold blooded murderer, as "making a mistake" and then playing the race card.
He is a thief, a liar, and a cold blooded murderer who showed NO remorse whatsoever, and HE LIED about every facet of this case.
First he said that Galanis 'allowed' him to use his ATM, then he claimed that Galanis attacked him after he found out about the stolen money.
This punk is nothing but scum, and he doesnt deserve to live out his life and die naturally.
He should be put down, and eliminated from all points of society. And yes, the world will be better without people like him.
You want god to have the last say? great, we're going to expedite that, and make sure that he faces his god a lot sooner than later.
I just wish I wasnt an atheist, cuz then I could take solace that this punk murderer would end up swimming in a lake of fire for eternity.
As it is, he needs to be executed quickly.

 

Article Comment disturbing commented at 1/21/2010 3:20:00 PM:

I have to say I am amazed at how many people are trying to trivialize this cold blooded murderer, as "making a mistake" and then playing the race card.
He is a thief, a liar, and a cold blooded murderer who showed NO remorse whatsoever, and HE LIED about every facet of this case.
First he said that Galanis 'allowed' him to use his ATM, then he claimed that Galanis attacked him after he found out about the stolen money.
This punk is nothing but scum, and he doesnt deserve to live out his life and die naturally.
He should be put down, and eliminated from all points of society. And yes, the world will be better without people like him.
You want god to have the last say? great, we're going to expedite that, and make sure that he faces his god a lot sooner than later.
I just wish I wasnt an atheist, cuz then I could take solace that this punk murderer would end up swimming in a lake of fire for eternity.
As it is, he needs to be executed quickly.

 

Article Comment Glyn commented at 1/21/2010 7:23:00 PM:

I am not sure that the death penalty is a deterrent for one reason - If we have the law then execute the law in a timely fashion and not allow the bureaucracy of our court system drag this sentence out for 10 years on appeals etc..
After reading some of the posts- it saddens me of how we as a society have such vengeance towards people. Though i agree as adults we should know better, but its starts at home as a family and thats what's missing today, family and values.
As for the family's on both sides, one no longer has a son or brother etc., and a mother may not have a son - horrible feelings I am sure on both sides.
Prayers for not only the families but for the jurors who had to decide the fate.

 

Article Comment ladycfromkc commented at 1/21/2010 9:58:00 PM:

Bobby was a good person but he committed a crime. And this is not his first crime. he stole from his church and left family to pay back to keep him outta jail. He was a good person that went sour. he committed a bad crime and the law upheld his punishment. Now put him down and may bobby rest in peace.

 

Article Comment guest commented at 1/22/2010 10:54:00 AM:

How long did the jury deliberate to determine his fate?

 

Article Comment answering guest commented at 1/22/2010 11:05:00 AM:

A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR.

 

Article Comment Brutha V commented at 1/22/2010 12:23:00 PM:

Most of the comments defending Batiste, or condemning Capital Punishment, are either ignorant, or based on emotion. "Murder" is different than "killing". Batiste murdered, and the state of Mississippi will "kill". Killing can be legal/moral (self-defense, defense of others, punishment, etc.). You cannot compare the two.

Bobby Batiste deserves to die -- quickly -- for murdering that innocent young man. There is nothing "racist" about the verdict at all.

 

Article Comment ManfromKC commented at 3/11/2010 1:56:00 PM:

Ok listen here all you idiots out there that think that the death penalty is cruel. First off lets talk about what he did, first BOBBY beat his FRIEND to death with a tire iron, second he never once shed a single tear for having killed his FRIEND. You sit here and say that two wrongs dont make a right and that the death penalty is cruel but he was convicted without a doubt of this CRUEL crime, now if we were to let him live in jail he would not only live a longer life than his FRIEND did but he would live on our tax dollars. Im sorry but he killed someone in a brutal mannor and so why should he be allowed to live and eat and drink and bathe and live out the rest of his life on our dime? Im just giving the economic facts of why he doesnt deserve to live another day on this earth but there are so many reasons why he needs to be put to death.

 

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