Monday, April 15, 2013

Texas executed man who denied killing victim

The 6th Execution of 2013

Texas executed a convicted murderer on April 9, 2013 by lethal injection for killing a man then raping the victim's fiancée, even as he maintained to the end that he was 'not a killer,' according to the Daily Mail.
Rickey Lynn Lewis already had been in and out of prison five times in less than seven years when he was arrested three days after the killing of 45-year-old George Newman and attack on Newman's fiancée in 1990 at their home in a rural area of Smith County, about 90 miles east of Dallas.

The fiancée later climbed out of a bathroom window and drove to a store to call police, the department said.

In his last statement, Lewis said he was sorry for what happened to the woman, but then said, 'If I hadn't raped you then you wouldn't have lived,' reported the Daily Mail.

He maintained that he did not kill Newman and nor did he rob the house, but did admit to raping Connie Hilton, the fiance.

'When I saw you in the truck driving away, I could have killed you but I didn't,' said Lewis, according to a statement provided by prison officials.

"I was just there... I'm sorry for what you've gone through. It wasn't me that harmed and stole all of your stuff,' he said to Hilton, who stood behind a glass window a few feet away. The Associated Press normally does not name rape victims, but Hilton, 63, agreed to be identified.

DNA analysis showed that Lewis' blood and semen matched traces found at the scene, according to an account of the case from the state attorney general's office.

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