Robert Jennings, 61, left, was executed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, for murdering 24-year-old Houston military officer Elston Howard some-more than 3 decades ago.
The convict, Robert Jennings, 61, was conspicuous passed during 6:33 p.m., 18 mins after receiving a lethal injection and some 30 years after fatally shooting 24-year-old officer Elston Howard. In a final matter to his family and friends, Jennings said “it was a good journey.”
Jennings, a convicted robber, was on release for scarcely dual months when prosecutors contend he entered Mr. Peeper’s Bookstore with a goal of robbing a business. He had attacked a same store 12 days earlier.
Unbeknownst to Jennings, Officer Howard was in a routine of impediment a store clerk on charges of handling a racy video arcade but a permit.
Jennings shot Howard twice in a head. The bleeding officer staggered for a few feet before descending to a ground, where he was shot dual some-more times by Jennings. The clerk after testified that a sharpened was so quick, Howard never had a possibility to unholster his gun.
Jennings was arrested hours after after going to a sanatorium to be treated for a gunshot wound – his confederate shot him in a palm after apropos indignant that Jennings had shot a officer.
Attorneys for Jennings had asked a U.S. Supreme Court to check his execution, arguing that Jennings’ hearing attorneys unsuccessful to ask jurors to entirely cruise justification — including sum of his distress for a officer’s sharpened and probable mind repairs — that competence have spared him a genocide sentence.
When he was arrested, Jennings confessed to a murder and told military he was repentant about a killing, observant he would “face whatever punishment (he had) coming.”
Jennings received an execution stay in 2016. But a high justice and reduce appeals courts deserted his ask to check Wednesday’s execution and a Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles incited down Jennings’ ask to invert his sentence.
As a partial of Jennings final statement, he common his thoughts for Howard’s family.
“To a family of a military officer, we wish y’all find peace. Be good and be protected and try to suffer life’s moments, since we never get those back.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.