This undated photo from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Christopher Wilkins. Wilkins is set for lethal injection Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, as the nation ‘ s first gig of this year. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Attorneys for Texas death row inmate Christopher Wilkins, are looking to the Supreme court of the V. S. in order to prevent him from becoming the first prisoner executed in the country this year.
The 48-year-old Wilkins is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening for a double murder in Fort Worth in 2005. The fatal shooting stemmed from a $20 drug deal in which he thought he was buying a rock of crack cocaine. The rock was really a piece of gravel.
Wilkins described the massacre to members of the jury at the murder trial in 2008 and said that he didn’t care if jurors gave him the death penalty.
His lawyers are arguing to the high court that Wilkins had poor legal help at his trial and during earlier appeals. State attorneys argue courts have already rejected similar appeals.