Friday, March 11, 2016

Texas executes man responsible for mass killing

The 8th Execution of 2016
More than 18 years after killing five people with five shots from a hunting rifle, Coy Wayne Wesbrook, 58, was executed on March 9, 2016, according to the Texas Tribune. At his trial, Wesbrook testified that he “lost it” when his ex-wife invited him to her  apartment and then had sex with two other men, according to court documents.
"I want to say that I am sorry for the pain that I have caused you people. I am sorry that I cannot bring everybody back. I wish it could be different," Wesbrook said before he was executed by lethal injection, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
With no pending appeals, Wesbrook told an Associated Press reporter during a recent prison interview that he had “no doubt” he was going to be put to death.
"I'm sorry it happened," he told the AP. "But I'm not going to sit here and boo-hoo about it."
On the evening of Nov. 13, 1997, Wesbrook went to meet his ex-wife, Gloria Coons, at her apartment under the impression that she wanted to reconcile, according to his original testimony. Instead of finding her alone, though, Wesbrook walked in to find Coons drinking with her roommate, Ruth Money, and two male friends, Anthony Rogers and Kelly Hazlip.
Wesbrook said later in the night, conversation turned sexual, and Coons walked into the bedroom with Hazlip. Rogers soon followed, and when Coons came back out, she said she had performed oral sex on Rogers and was about to have sex with Hazlip.
“It awes me. It just flat – just flat awes me,” Wesbrook said during his trial in 1998. “I mean, I just couldn't get over what was going on in front of me.”
After attempting to leave and having his keys taken by another man who showed up later, Antonio Cruz, Wesbrook got his .36-caliber hunting rifle from the cab of his truck and walked back inside, he testified.
Within about 40 seconds, he fatally shot all five people in the apartment, according to court documents.
"You hear all your life if you catch your old lady in bed with somebody, don't just shoot her but shoot her lover too," Wesbrook told the AP. "In her case, there was a bunch of lovers. I just took care of my business.”
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