A TODDLER’S DEATH resulted in a man’s murder conviction and death sentence.
Richard Fairchild was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the first-degree murder of Adam Broomhall, a child.
Who is Richard Fairchild?
Richard Fairchild is a Marine veteran and Oklahoma resident who was given the death penalty.
Prior to his trial, he had 13 arrests in Iowa and Texas for public intoxication and assaulting a police officer on his record.
He was found guilty of murdering his then-three-year-old girlfriend’s son Adam Broomhall in 1996.
Fairchild’s defense team argued that the man was mentally ill and should not have been imprisoned because of his incompetence.
Since then, he remained imprisoned at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlister.
What happened to Adam Broomhall?
On November 14, 1993, Fairchild and his girlfriend Stacy Broomhall had been drinking heavily while his aunt put Stacy’s three children to bed.
Stacy’s son Adam wet the bed and awoke crying the same night.
Fairchild repeatedly struck the child and pressed his body against a wall heater.
Fairchild threw Adam’s body at the family’s dining room table, causing second-degree burns.
The blunt force trauma from the table collision caused the toddler to become unconscious and fail to recover.
When police arrived, they pronounced Adam dead.
An autopsy revealed that the child died as a result of brain damage caused by Fairchild’s violent assault.
When is Fairchild’s execution?
Fairchild’s execution is set for November 17, 2022, which also happens to be the criminal’s 63rd birthday.
The prisoner will be executed by lethal injection on Thursday at 10 a.m. CST.
His attorneys had requested clemency from The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board a month before.
The parole board denied the request on October 12, 2022, and decided to carry out the scheduled execution.
Regarding the board’s decision, attorney general John O’Connor stated: “The medical examiner determined that Adam suffered four to six blows on the front of his head. He also suffered very painful second-degree burns.
“Ultimately, an Oklahoma jury decided death was the just and appropriate punishment for the horrific murder of Adam.
“The conviction and sentence were affirmed after years of thorough reviews by the appellate courts.
“The Board’s decision to deny Fairchild’s request for executive clemency was the right decision. Our thoughts and prayers are with Adam’s family.”