Friday, October 22, 2010

Texas Man Executed for 1996 Murders of Elderly Couple

The 43rd Execution of 2010

The Washington Post is reporting a Texas man convicted for the slayings of an elderly couple found brutally beaten and stabbed in their home more than 14 years ago was executed on October 21, 2010.

Larry Wooten was condemned to death for the 1996 murders of 80-year-old Grady Alexander and his 86-year-old wife, Bessie, in the northeast Texas town of Paris.

The Alexanders were beaten with a cast-iron skillet and a pistol, stabbed and had their throats slit and heads almost severed. Prosecutors said Wooten robbed the couple, taking their savings of $500 so he could buy cocaine.

Wooten was the 17th inmate executed this year in Texas the nation's most active death penalty state.

According to the Post, Wooten did not mention the Alexanders during his brief final statement. "I don't have nothing to say. You can go ahead and send me home to my heavenly father," Wooten said.

Wooten cried as the drugs were administered and let out one final gasp as the lethal injection took effect. Nine minutes later, at 6:21 p.m. CDT, he was pronounced dead. He was the 1,231st person executed since the death penalty was reintroduced in 1976.

To read more: Washington Post

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of the things that drew me to read this post was that the story came out of Texas. While I believe this case would be a grizzly crime worthy of the death penalty in any state that permits it, why are the rates of this form of prosecution so high in the state of Texas? Is it because the crime rate is so much higher in certain cities in such a large state? Or does the law just simply crack down harder there? Just somethings that cross my mind when I read about an execution in Texas.
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