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Killer of Three Children Executed

July 10, 2003

VARNER, Ark. (AP) _ A man who killed three children in the mistaken belief that their sister set up his brother for a gang hit was executed Wednesday night after courts and the governor rejected his pleas for mercy.

Riley Dobi Noel, 31, was pronounced dead by injection at 9:07 p.m., prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler said.

In his final statement, Noel said: ``I want my family to know I love them. I want my kids to know I love Jesus.″

Noel had wanted one more round of mental examinations to prove that he had a brain disorder that would prevent his execution. The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Mike Huckabee turned Noel down Wednesday.

Jurors sentenced Noel to die after finding that he killed the three children execution-style on June 4, 1995, forcing them to lie on their kitchen floor before shooting each once in the head.

According to prosecutors, Noel and others burst into a southwest Little Rock home looking for Yashica Young, whom Noel believed had set up his brother, Cornelius ``Skeeter″ Ganaway. When he couldn’t find her, he shot Malak Hussain, 10; Mustafa Hussain, 12; and Marcell Young, 17.

Kyle Jones of Miami, who had been Marcell Young’s fiance, was selected to be one of the victims’ family witnesses to watch the execution on closed-circuit television.

``He chose to make the decision to take their lives,″ Jones said after the execution. ``Today the state of Arkansas chose to take his and I’m happy with it. I can move on knowing I won’t have to live with this again.″

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