Kermit and Tami Alexander

Kermit’s mother, sister and two nephews were murdered on August 31, 1984. Here is his story.

Kermit and TamiThe death penalty is not an easy topic to discuss. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a perfect world where we didn’t have to worry about protecting our family and loved ones from evil? But we do! As many of our friends and family know, Kermit’s mother, sister and two nephews were murdered in 1984 in a home invasion murder for hire. An 18-year-old rolling 60’s Crips gang member, Tiqueon Cox, entered the home of Kermit’s mother, Ebora, and shot her in the head while she was drinking her morning cup of coffee. He then entered the back bedroom and executed Kermit’s 24-year-old sister, Dietra, while she was still sleeping in her bed, and then shot his two nephews, 8 and 12, while they slept nearby. The trigger man was hired to carry out an execution. He went to the wrong house, killing Kermit’s family in error.

The man that committed that murder has been on death row for over 27 years. He will celebrate another birthday on December 1. He has exhausted all of his appeals on both the state and federal levels. The only barrier to justice at this point is California’s failure to hold this killer accountable.

Kermit AlexanderThe State of California promised the citizens and the victims that this man’s crimes met the criteria necessary to impose death. The jury found him guilty of his crime and backed the recommendation for execution. The judge sentenced this killer to die in California’s death chamber and yet, he still waits to receive an execution date.

While on death row, this killer has continued to operate as a shot caller, being classified the most dangerous man on death row. In 2001, Tiqueon Cox attempted a violent takeover of the Super Max Adjustment Center at San Quentin. His goal was not to escape but to “kill as many guards as possible.” He is also responsible for repeated assaults on fellow inmates and correctional officers.

As with many on death row, Tiqueon Cox is the perfect example of the need to have a death penalty. What greater sentence could there be for a guy who walks into a grandmother’s house and executes her and her family, by mistake, for a mere $3,500? His disregard for human life and values both before and during prison is justification for setting an execution date. It is sad that the victims must continue to fight for their right to see justice.