Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Monday, October 23, 2000

MEDIA ADVISORY

Jeffery Dillingham Scheduled To Be Executed

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Jeffery Dillingham who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1st.

Dillingham was convicted and sentenced to death for the March 1992 murder of Caren Koslow. Dillingham beat Mrs. Koslow to death with an iron pry bar. Jack Koslow, Caren Koslow's husband, was also severely beaten in the attack, but managed to survive.

Dillingham and his accomplice, Brian Salter, broke into the Koslow's home with the intention of robbing and killing them both. The plan was to murder the Koslows so that Kristi, Jack Koslow's daughter, would inherit their money. Both Dillingham and Salter were to get a share of the money after the murders. Dillingham's share was to be over $1 million.

Dillingham was arrested after a friend of his, who helped Dillingham get rid of some of the evidence, confessed to police.

EVIDENCE

  • Dillingham confessed to police about the murder and the involvement of a friend who helped him dispose of evidence.
  • Brian Salter, Dillingham's co-defendant, also confessed to police, implicating Dillingham.
  • Dillingham told police that he tried to plan the killings the best he could because he did not "want to get caught."
  • The friend who helped Dillingham dispose of evidence told police about the murder and Dillingham's involvement.

APPEALS TIME-LINE

  • February 14, 1996 - Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Dillingham's conviction and death sentence.
  • October 7, 1996 - United States Supreme Court denied Dillingham's petition for writ of certiorari.
  • February 18, 1998 - Tarrant County trial court recommends that relief be denied based on a state habeas application Dillingham filed with the court.
  • April 18, 1998 - Court of Criminal Appeals denied relief based on the trial court's finding.
  • October 13, 1998 - Supreme Court denied relief based on action of Court of Criminal Appeals.
  • September 29, 1999 - Federal district court denied Dillingham's writ of habeas corpus.
  • April 18, 2000 - Fifth Circuit's affirmed district dourt's denial of Dillingham's habeas relief.
  • October 2, 2000 - United States Supreme Court denied writ of certiorari.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

    Dillingham had no prior criminal history.

SCHEDULED EXECUTIONS

    11/08/2000 Gary Wayne Etheridge (Brazoria County)
    11/09/2000 Miguel Angel Flores (Hutchinson County)
    11/14/2000 Stacey Lamont Lawton (Smith County)
    11/15/2000 Tony Neyshea Chambers (Smith County)
    11/16/2000 Johnny Paul Penry (Polk County)
    12/05/2000 Gary Dean Miller (Jones County)
    12/06/2000 Daniel Joe Hittle (Dallas County)
    12/07/2000 Claude Howard Jones (San Jacinto County)
    01/09/01 Jack Wade Clark (Lubbock County)
    01/18/01 Alvin Goodwin (Montgomery County)
    01/22/01 Steven Anthony Butler (Harris County)

MISCELLANEOUS

    If this execution is carried out, it will be the 233rd execution since executions resumed in Texas in December 1982 and the 69th since Attorney General Cornyn took office.

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