Office of the Attorney General News Release ArchiveThursday, July 27, 2000
Oliver David Cruz Scheduled to be Executed
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Oliver David Cruz who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 9th.
In October of 1989 Oliver David Cruz was convicted and sentenced to death for the August 1988 rape and murder of 24-year-old Kelly Donovan. Donovan was a linguist in the Air Force, stationed at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. On the night she was murdered, Donovan had left her dorm room to go for a walk after work.
Cruz and his friend, Jerry Daren Kemplin, kidnapped Donovan as they drove home from a party where they had engaged in binge drinking. Donovan was walking on the road that Cruz and Kemplin were driving down. After forcing her into the car, Cruz and Kemplin drove Donovan to a secluded area, forced her to get out and demanded that she take off her clothes. Cruz then told Donovan to lie on the ground and then he raped her while Kemplin stayed in the car listening to the radio and smoking a cigarette.
After about 10 minutes, Cruz told Donovan to get to her feet and to come around to the back of the car. There, Cruz raped her again. Cruz asked Kemplin if he wanted to rape Donovan, but he refused. As Donovan lay on the ground crying, Cruz remarked to Kemplin, "That's all I need to do is go to jail for rape." Cruz then went to the car, got a knife and stabbed Donovan repeatedly.
In the days following the rape and murder of Kelly Donovan, Cruz admitted to killing at least three other people. When Cruz returned the bloody murder weapon to his friend, he told him that he had just raped and killed Kelly Donovan. When Cruz was confronted by another friend with a newspaper article about the murder, Cruz again claimed responsibility for killing Kelly Donovan.
Cruz called police when he heard they were looking for him and provided blood and saliva samples that linked him to Kelly Donovan's murder. Cruz also gave police a detailed statement about the murder, as did Kemplin, who corroborated Cruz' confession.
PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY
08/09/00 Brian Keith Roberson (Dallas County)
If this execution is carried out, it will be the 226th execution since executions resumed in Texas in December 1982 and the 62nd since Attorney General Cornyn took office.
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