Robert Jennings Execution 2019

Robert Jennings Execution

Robert Jennings was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of a police officer in 1988

A 61-year-old Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago.
Robert Jennings received lethal injection for the July 1988 fatal shooting of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore that authorities said was part of a crime spree.
As witnesses filed into the death chamber, Jennings asked a chaplain standing next to him if he knew the name of the slain officer. The chaplain didn't appear to respond, and a prison official then told the warden to proceed with the punishment. "To my friends and family, it was a nice journey," Jennings said in his final statement. "To the family of the police officer, I hope y'all find peace. Be well and be safe and try to enjoy life's moments, because we never get those back.

Outside the prison, more than 100 officers st…

Domineque Ray Execution 2019

Domineque Ray Execution

Domineque Ray was executed by the State of Alabama for a murder committed in 1995

Alabama has executed Domineque Hakim Marcelle Ray for the 1995 slaying of a 15-year-old Selma girl, after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a federal appeals court stay based on the inmate’s request to have his Muslim spiritual adviser at his side when he dies.

Ray’s execution by lethal injection was set for 6 p.m. at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay about 8 p.m., and the execution began at 9:44 p.m.
The curtains to the viewing room closed at 10:05 p.m, and the official time of death was 10:12 p.m. His execution comes 20 years after being put on death row, and while he was also serving time for the killings of two teenage boys who were slain the year before Tiffany Harville was fatally stabbed. For the boys’ killings, he was sentenced to life in prison. Ray’s last words were in Arabic. He made a hand signal consisting of a clo…

Billie Cobble Execution 2019

Billie Cobble Execution

Billie Cobble was executed by the State of Texas for a triple murder that took place in 1989.  Billie Cobble who was seventy years old is the oldest person to be executed in Texas history

On Thursday evening, Texas executed a 70-year-old man for killing three of his wife's family members in the Waco area nearly three decades ago.
After the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal two hours before his execution was scheduled, Billie Coble became the oldest person Texas put to death since the modern era of the death penalty began in the 1970s, according to prison data. He was part of an aging death row population, one of nearly 30 inmates who have lived on Texas’ death row for more than 25 years.
Family members of both Coble and his victims attended the execution in Huntsville on Thursday, according to a witness list from prison officials. Coble's son, daughter-in-law and friends watched from one small, rectangular room, while six relatives …

John King Execution 2019

John King Execution

John King was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of a man in 1998 by dragging him behind a pick up truck

It’s been more than two decades since an infamous hate crime in East Texas, where three white men were convicted of chaining a black man to the back of a pickup truck, dragging him for miles and then dumping the remains of his body in front of a church.
On Wednesday evening, John William King, 44, became the second and final man to be executed in the 1998 murder case of James Byrd Jr. Lawrence Brewer was put to death in 2011 for the crime, and Shawn Berry is serving a life sentence.
King had previously been involved in a white supremacist prison gang, and he was notoriously covered in racist tattoos, including Ku Klux Klan symbols, a swastika and a visual depiction of alynching, according to court documents. But King maintained that he was innocent in Byrd’s murder — claiming that Berry dropped King and Brewer off at their shared apartmen…

Scotty Morrow Execution 2019

Scotty Morrow Execution

Scotty Morrow was executed by the State of Georgia for a double murder in 1994

A man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago was executed Thursday evening in Georgia.
Scotty Garnell Morrow's approximate time of death was 9:38 p.m., Warden Benjamin Ford told witnesses at the state prison in Jackson.
Morrow, 52, was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young's Gainesville home in December 1994.

Strapped to a gurney before he received a lethal injection of the sedative pentobarbital, Morrow said, "I would like to give my most deepest and sincere apologies to the Woods family and the Young family," adding that he hopes they can find peace.
He also apologized to LaToya Horne, who also was shot but survived. And he apologized to his friends and family for the hurt and pain, saying, "I love you all."

A Department of Corre…

Michael Samra Execution 2019

Michael Samra Execution

Michael Samra was executed by the State of Alabama for a quadruple murder that took place in 1997

An Alabama Death Row inmate was executed by lethal injection Thursday night, more than 22 years after the quadruple slaying of a family in Pelham. Michael Brandon Samra, 42, was executed at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The Alabama Supreme Court set his execution date in April.
Samra was 19 when he and his co-defendant, then 16-year-old Mark Anthony Duke, were charged with killing Mark Duke’s father Randy Duke, his fiancée Dedra Mims Hunt, and her two daughters, 6-year-old Chelisa Nicole Hunt and 7-year-old Chelsea Marie Hunt. Samra was convicted of capital murder in 1998 after confessing, and was sentenced to death for his role in the killings. The curtains opened to the execution chamber at approximately 7:09 p.m. When approached by the warden, Samra smiled. His last words were a prayer. “I would like to thank Jesus for everything …

Donnie Johnson Execution 2019

Donnie Johnson Execution

Donnie Johnson was executed by the State of Tennessee for a murder committed in 1984

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  Donnie Johnson, a convicted killer from Memphis who has been on death row for 34 years, was executed on Thursday.
Johnson had been moved to death watch, and was under 24-hour observation at Riverbend Prison in Nashville. His execution was scheduled for 7 p.m. In October 1985, Johnson, 68, was convicted of murdering his wife Connie Johnson in 1984 by suffocating her in a Memphis camping center that he managed and leaving the body in a van in the Mall of Memphis parking lot. He initially blamed the murder on a work-release inmate who confessed to helping dispose of the body and was granted immunity for testifying against Johnson, according to court documents. His death 34 years later came as he was strapped to a gurney, dressed in a cream jumpsuit with white socks and had a warden and his associate by his side. Sev…