I grieve for Raymond and Doris Montgomery. In 1986, they were murdered in their own home in Trumball County, Ohio. Reports state that Raymond Montgomery, age 77, was stabbed five times with a butcher knife; 80-year-old Doris Montgomery, who was bedridden, was stabbed nine times.
Charles Lorraine was convicted of the murders of Raymond and Doris Montgomery and sentenced to death. The Montgomerys had paid him to do odd jobs. That adds to the horror.
Ohio will execute Lorraine on January 18 unless Governor Kasich commutes his sentence.
The vulnerability of the Raymond and Doris Montgomery makes my heart ache. Their willingness to help their killer deepens that ache. The brutality and cruelty of the crime makes my mind reel.
The pain and grief borne by the family and friends of Raymond and Doris Montgomery surpasses my imagination. My aching heart goes out to them.
There appears little evidence of doubt.
And yet, I have signed a petition asking Governor Kasich to take the step of commuting this death sentence. Executions dehumanize our society. Repaying violence with violence gets us nowhere; killing to demonstrate that killing is wrong makes no sense to me. It cuts off any possibility for reform or restoration. My opposition is to the state killing. It does not depend – it cannot depend on the person subject to execution.
I pray for Doris and Raymond Montgomery. I pray for all who love them.
I pray for Governor Kasich and all who make decisions of life and death on behalf of the state – on behalf of us all – on my behalf.
See you along the Trail.