Texas Executed James Byrd Jr.’s Killer John William King – A man who was one of three white supremacists, helped to murder brutally of James Byrd Jr. was executed by injection on Wednesday evening in a Texas prison.
Texas Executed James Byrd Jr.’s Killer John William King:
John William King was asked whether he had a final statement, King said, “No,”. On December 21, 2018, King’s execution by lethal injection was scheduled for April 24, 2019. On April 22, 2019, his appeals to both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles were denied. He was executed at the Huntsville Unit on the evening of April 24, 2019. King, 44, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville at 7:08 p.m.
Prosecutors said Byrd was targeted because he was black. King, a white supremacist who orchestrated the attack, is the second man to be executed in the case.
King did give a written statement that said, “Capital Punishment: Them without the capital get the punishment.”
James Byrd Jr Dragging Death:
Byrd’s acquaintances told police they’d seen Byrd, who was black, at a party the night of June 6, 1998, that he’d left around 2 a.m. and accepted a ride from Shawn Berry (age 23), Lawrence Brewer (age 31), and John King (age 23) in the cab. Instead of taking Byrd home, the three men took Byrd to a remote county road out of town, beat him severely, urinated and defecated on him, and chained him by his ankles to their pickup truck before dragging him for about 3 miles (4.8 km). Byrd died about halfway along the route of his dragging after his right arm and head were severed when his body hit a culvert. Byrd’s brain and skull were found intact, further suggesting that he maintained consciousness while he was being dragged.
“It’s a very, very sad time,” One of Byrd’s sisters, Clara Byrd Taylor, 71, said before the execution. “You don’t feel any satisfaction in observing this but it is absolutely necessary to send a message: Hate crimes – especially this type of savagery – will not be tolerated in our society.”
A. Richard Ellis, wrote in his petition to the Supreme Court, “From the time of indictment through his trial, Mr. King maintained his absolute innocence, claiming that he had left his co-defendants and Mr. Byrd sometime prior to his death and was not present at the scene of his murder,”