Friday, June 19, 2015

Texas execution killer after14 years on death row

The 17th Execution of 2015

Nearly 14 years after he was convicted of beating a Tyler car mechanic to death, Gregory Russeau was executed on June 18, 2015, reported KLTV.

Gregory Russeau died shortly before 7 p.m., minutes after being given lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville.

In a final statement, Russeau said he was at peace, saying, "Yes, I would like to thank my family and friends for what y'all have done for me. Thank you for being here with me that I do not have to transition alone. I have peace. To my daughter, I love you, to my grandbabies, sisters and brothers, I love you. I am ready to go home.”

According to Associated Press, the Supreme Court last October refused to review his case, and there were no additional appeals filed in the courts before his execution. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles this week rejected a clemency petition.

Russeau was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in the 2001 death of 75-year-old James Syvertson, whose body was discovered inside his Tyler business.

Russeau is the ninth inmate to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state.

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