Posted: Apr 25, 2012 4:41 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2012 7:02 PM
TUCSON- Thomas Kemp had been on death row for nearly 20 years. The 63-year-old was convicted of killing a Pima College student in July of 1992.
He and a friend went on a crime spree that summer. It was his friend who ultimately turned him in.
On July 28th, 1992, Kemp was arrested and charged with killing Hector Juarez. He was also charged with armed robbery and kidnapping.
Three weeks earlier, he reportedly told a friend and accomplice Jeffery Logan he needed to rob someone to pay some bills.
Court documents showed the 25 year old student was kidnapped, and forced to withdraw $200 from his bank account by Kemp and Logan.
Kemp reportedly filled his truck and drove to the desert where the victim was ordered to take off his clothes. He was shot repeatedly in the head.
The men drove to Flagstaff and tried to withdraw more money from Juarez's account.
Kemp sold his truck and hitched a ride with a couple to Albuquerque. Kemp forced the couple to drive them to Denver, where Kemp raped the man and Logan raped the woman.
Logan called Tucson Police from Denver and confessed.
He was arrested and is doing life in prison under a different name.
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