Storm Lake, IA Jury Will Hear Fort Dodge Murder Case

Lawyers for 35-year-old Sessions Harper, of Fort Dodge, wanted the trial moved because of pre-trial publicity. Full Story
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GINNY ONTIVEROS

United States

#1 Apr 2, 2006
I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH MOVING HARPERS TRIAL TO ANOTHER PLACE TO SPARE HIM THE PUBLICITY,HE HAD NO MERCY WHEN HE WAS RAPING AND BEATING HOLLY MICHEALS,AND LEFT HER TO DIE,HE SHOULD GET THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR WHAT HE'S DONE,LEAVING HER SON WITHOUT A MOTHER IN COMMITTING SUCH A CRIME IS THE MOST CRUEL AND HEARTLESS THING HE COULD HAVE EVER DONE. HE SHOULD HAVE TO STAY IN FORT DODGE,IOWA AND HAVE TO FACE HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
GINNY ONTIVEROS

United States

#2 Apr 4, 2006
GINNY ONTIVEROS wrote:
I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH MOVING HARPERS TRIAL TO ANOTHER PLACE TO SPARE HIM THE PUBLICITY,HE HAD NO MERCY WHEN HE WAS RAPING AND BEATING HOLLY MICHEALS,AND LEFT HER TO DIE,HE SHOULD GET THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR WHAT HE'S DONE,LEAVING HER SON WITHOUT A MOTHER IN COMMITTING SUCH A CRIME IS THE MOST CRUEL AND HEARTLESS THING HE COULD HAVE EVER DONE. HE SHOULD HAVE TO STAY IN FORT DODGE,IOWA AND HAVE TO FACE HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
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Anonymous

Chicago, IL

#3 May 18, 2006
Your comment shows precisely why the judge had no choice but to move the trial. In the United States the legal system treats accused defendants as innocent until proven guilty, or at least it's supposed to. In order to avoid a jury pool full of people who have already convicted the defendant before hearing one word of testimony, change of venue is completely necessary and legally proper. The publicity in that little backwater town and the brutal nature of the crime was such that an unbias jury would've been difficult, if not impossible to assemble. Further, conducting the trial in Fort Dodge would provide the defendant's attorneys guaranteed grounds for appeal based on the denial of a change of venue. If he's convicted, which he almost surely will be, the fewer routes to a successful appeal Harper has, the better.
Anonymous Manson Ia

Charlotte, NC

#4 Jun 27, 2006
I think he should have to face the family and friends as well. Like stated in the first comment, HE showed no mercy in Raping and torturing her. I live about 18 miles from the crime scene and may have alot of different angers about this case!
Anonymous

United States

#5 Jul 6, 2006
There is a lot more about her suffering that has not been released/mentioned in public. It was much worse than you can ever imagine, and he deserves everything he gets and more. It's times like this when we need the death penalty in Iowa. He's guitly, no way around it. Give him all the motions, changes of venue, and all that other pretrial crap, eventually he's gonna go to prison and die alone in a 9 by 9 foot room. Too bad the legal system doesn't revolve around the "eye for an eye" belief... rape him and tie him up and burn him to death... see how he likes it.
Ginny

United States

#6 Nov 15, 2006
Anonymous Manson Ia wrote:
I think he should have to face the family and friends as well. Like stated in the first comment, HE showed no mercy in Raping and torturing her. I live about 18 miles from the crime scene and may have alot of different angers about this case!
i'm sure happy to see others agree with me Ginny
Ginny

United States

#7 Nov 15, 2006
Here it is Nov. already hardly any news about Sessions Harper's case, i wonder if he's even thought about the little boy he's made motherless sitting down to his Thanksgiving Dinner, I totally agree Iowa should have the Death Sentence for this case
Jean

Campbell, CA

#8 Dec 5, 2006
I agree with these staements. He should pay and pay hard for these crimes that he has done. Any man that will rape a female is low down. He must think that is the only way to get a woman and the to kill her, leave her child motherless, the S.O.B should die. A long slow process to she him what the woman went through. I live no where near where this happen but it burns me up up to hear or read about this kind of thing. But the main thing is he will have to answer to the higher law in the long run and that is the good LORD.
Jean

Campbell, CA

#9 Dec 5, 2006
The statement written a minute ago by Jean is not from Blakesburg Ia, I am from Centerville Ia
www_fdsoundoff_c om

Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 17, 2006
Fort Dodge is a racist town, no black man has ever received a fair trial in that God forsaken hole.

www.fdsoundoff.com
Ginny

United States

#11 Dec 31, 2006
I havent a clue what race the person is from the last comment from Ames,Ia, but thats a bunch of bull as far as Ft.Dodge being racist, there are some black that thinks they own the place, and they get along with alot cause the law enforcement doesnt do all they can if from fear or what ever the reason to punish them for their crimes,for example they can swear at white people calling them names but u let a white person call them one back ot try to protect them selves and they get charges filed on them ,what sessions harper done to Holly was horrible, he shouldn't even have a trial,to me he's not a cent better then this Hussein and should be torured till he dies like he caused her to do,i was glad to hear he doesn't get a new lawyer,i don't know of a lawyer that could even have his case and live with their self. It's been sad through out the Christmas Holiday knowing of all the things her son could want for Christmas his MOMMY was and is the one thing he'll never have,and to know just after this happened his brother done an interview saying he knew his brother had a heart and couldn't do such a thing,no matter what he gets for this i pray his soul burns deeper then hell its self
unknown

United States

#12 Jan 2, 2007
www_fdsoundoff_com wrote:
Fort Dodge is a racist town, no black man has ever received a fair trial in that God forsaken hole.
www.fdsoundoff.com
Look at Sessions Harper crime history,it does not make a bit of difference what his color is; He is already being treated better than he deserves;Makes me wonder how much abuse he has inflicted on his wife and daughter.He deserves to burn to death like Holly did!!
unknown

United States

#13 Jan 6, 2007
The crime was horrible that I can not imagine how sessions or anyone else that feels he should have a fair trial can sleep at night.the trial will soon start and i will rejoice with everyone else when he is convicted,Holly was a wonderful person and a great mother to her son!
anonymous in fort dodge

United States

#14 Jan 9, 2007
Holly was one of my closest friends in high school. What sessions did was unthinkable. sessions was never right in the head throughout his life I think some of the blame should be put on the iowa department of corrections also for releasing him from prison 10 years early. he was supposed to be serving 25 years for guess what, rape and kidnapping charges and they released him knowing damn well he was a high risk to commit the same crimes. I think the michaels family should file a lawsuit against the state because they allowed this monster to be released well before he was rehabilitated
Bytemoi

Des Moines, IA

#15 Jan 11, 2007
I live in Fort Dodge. It's obvious there is no racism here. tyvm
Ginny -

United States

#16 Jan 14, 2007
As it nears Harpers' trial,I'm really praying that he gets what he deserves, (Death), anything less would be to good for him,while i didn't know HOLLY personally,I gringe when i think of the fear and pain she went through in her last days, and i'm sure she was thinking about her son while in the hospital,IT'S really heart breaking to think what she was thinking in her final hours to minutes,i'm praying as the jury hears the final statements Holly had gave at the hospital,that the jury gives him every bit of what he deserves, I'm wondering what his his brother is thinking and saying about him now ,i wonder if he thinks sessions is still the compasionate ,loving person.Well to me and GOD know how many more thinks he's a dog ,oops sorry, a dog is better than that a dog has feeling , so yes he is far worse even lower then a snake,yes he shouldnt ever gotten out of Prison, Lets all pray ,that knows him ,that they lock him up and throw the key away.i wouldn't be surprised if he gets out of it (little sentence) ,well God Bless Holly's son and family ,God Bless u Holly in the Lord's Name,
unknown

United States

#17 Jan 15, 2007
Racism in fort dodge??? It doesnt matter what color Sessions is, he is a disgrace to the human race and its people like him that I wish we had the death penalty in Iowa. He should have never gotten out of prison the first time, and whats wrong with all of the women that have had children with him, and his wife? he was/is a married man with a criminal history, something is wrong with the whole picture! He should die for his crimes, and if he gets off, I'm sure someone in FD would seek justice on there own. Racism has nothing to do with it, how nieve and narrow minded! integrity and human justice is what its about. God Bless
the Michaels family.
Angel

Ames, IA

#18 Jan 16, 2007
Racism may on the surface have nothing to do with this situation, but if we allow ourselves to look deeper at the whole history of fort dodge and how our state became populated in general it has a whole lot to do with it. fort dodge has demons that can not be seen just with a glance. African American children are told from the day they are born that they ain't nothing and won't ever be nothing. I just heard the other day a father tell his daughter who had just given birth to his first grandson that "her n****r child was never allowed in HIS house". this crime is a result of the hopelessness that comes from a life of knowing inside that you are a King but every day being told you are less than human. We should all take a lesson from this and analyze how we create our monster's. We have to take better care of our children and teach them that they are worth more than gold and that their dreams are possible. We have to teach our sons and daughters to respect each other and themselves! The violence that happens in fort dodge is a testament to the way people are treated and the hopelessness that truly thrives there.
Anonymous

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 20, 2007
Uh, yeah. Racism made this guy rape this girl and burn her to death. If it weren't for the horrible conditions he grew up in, he would've ended up a fine upstanding citizen.

Racism didn't force Sessions Harper's hand. I happen to be African American, and I experienced plenty of racism growing up. As a matter of fact, part of my childhood was spent in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Guess what ... I never burned, raped, or murdered anyone despite the fact that I experienced racism growing up. In fact, none of my African American friends burned, raped, or murdered anyone either.

This is like serial killers relying on the defense that mommy and daddy didn't love them enough.

Just nonsense.
ANNON

United States

#20 Jan 21, 2007
unknown wrote:
Racism in fort dodge??? It doesnt matter what color Sessions is, he is a disgrace to the human race and its people like him that I wish we had the death penalty in Iowa. He should have never gotten out of prison the first time, and whats wrong with all of the women that have had children with him, and his wife? he was/is a married man with a criminal history, something is wrong with the whole picture! He should die for his crimes, and if he gets off, I'm sure someone in FD would seek justice on there own. Racism has nothing to do with it, how nieve and narrow minded! integrity and human justice is what its about. God Bless
the Michaels family.
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU ANYTHING BUT THE DEATH PENTALLY IS TO GOOD FOR THIS PIECE OF FLESH,AND IF HE DOESN'T GET IT THROUGH THE COURTS SOME ONE SHOULD TAKE AND TIE HIM TO A STAKE AND BEAT HIM JUST LIKE HE DID HOLLY AND SET HIM ON FIRE,JUST TWO MORE DAYS AND WILL BE SENTENCED,THEY SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIM IN FORT DODGE,SO HE'D HAVE TO FACE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM.GOD KNOW'S HE GUILTY AND SO DOES THE PEOPLE IN FORT DODGE, THE ONES WHO UPHOLD HIM ISN'T A BIT BETTER THEN HIM.

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