Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Texas Carries Out Execution in the Shadow of Troy Davis

The 34th Execution of 2011

One of three suspects in one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history has himself been put to death, reported KTRE-TV. It has been 13 years since the nation learned of the brutal dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a black man chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged along Huff Creek Road in Jasper to his death.

Appeals to the courts Lawrence Russell Brewer were exhausted and no last-day attempts were filed to keep him from execution after 6 p.m. this evening in Huntsville.  Brewer's execution was temporarily delayed last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Little attention was paid to Brewer's execution as the nation was riveted on the pending execution of Georgia killer Troy Davis.

Brewer requested an extensive last meal that included two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, a pound of barbecue, and a pint of ice cream, reported KTRE-TV.

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