Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White supremacist executed for Texas dragging murder

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — White supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed Wednesday evening for the infamous dragging death slaying of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas.

Byrd, 49, was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled whip-like to his death along a bumpy asphalt road in one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history.

Brewer, 44, was asked if he had any final words, to which he replied: "No. I have no final statement."

He glanced at his parents watching through a nearby window, took several deep breaths and closed his eyes. A single tear hung on the edge of his right eye as he was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m., 10 minutes after the lethal drugs began flowing into his arms, both covered with intricate black tattoos.

Byrd's sisters also were among the witnesses in an adjacent room.
Read the rest here.

It's been a busy day for executioners.


Anonymous said...

Another much ado about nothing. Funny how everyone complains about the other guy from Georgia being executed, but not too many liberals are complaining about this one. Hmmmmm....

John (Ad Orientem) said...

I think a crucial difference is that one is quite possible innocent whereas there are no such doubts about the other. That said, your point is not without validity. It is difficult to feel a lot of sympathy for this dirtbag. Even so I remain an opponent of capital punishment.

May God have mercy on them both.