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A Texas death row inmate, was executed Wednesday for the fatal stabbing of an 89-year-old woman and her 71-year-old daughter after breaking into their Fort Worth home on the pretext of doing some work for them for more than 16 years ago.
Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, was given a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the prison in Huntsville for the 2003 murder of Pearl Magouirk and her daughter Patricia Syren.In a final statement that lasted four minutes, Crutsinger thanks to three friends who were witnesses to the execution.
“I am at peace now and will be ready to go and be with Jesus and my family,” Crutsinger said.
Then, as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, then he said that he could feel it in my left arm. It is a kind of burning.”
Crutsinger, then began to cough and heavy breathing and then to snoring sounds at least 29 times before he stopped moving.
At 6:40 pm CT 13 minutes after the lethal dose started Crutsinger was pronounced dead.
The researchers said: Crutsinger, killed the two women, and stole Syren’s car and credit cards. The police have arrested Crutsinger, three days later, at a hotel bar in Galveston, more than 300 kilometers away.
Michael Hartmann, one of the prosecutors with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, who is convicted and sentenced Crutsinger, told the jury, in Crutsinger actions had nothing to do with alcohol, but it’s the result of “evil”.
Friends and family described Magouirk, also known as the “R. D.,” as well as an avid gardener. Syren volunteered as a receptionist at her local church. Both of the women were retired, and lived together.
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Crutsinger had been on “a downward spiral, a large part of his adult life, including three failed marriages and a penchant for violence when he drank, according to a new report from a forensic psychologist hired by his trial counsel.
In the months before the murder, Crutsinger, was homeless, and increasingly desperate to find his wife kicked him out of the house, and his mother, who had enabled his behavior and stopped to help him, the report said.
If Crutsinger is realized Magouirk and the Syren does not have enough work to give him a lot of financial support, he was in an alcoholic rage, according to the report.
“All of his anger at being left to fend for himself, and his safety net is taken away from him, it was then brought to the victims,” according to the report.
Crutsinger, was the 14th inmate put to death this year in the united states. and the fifth in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state. Ten executions are scheduled in Texas this year.
Billy Jack Crutsinger, was executed Wednesday for the murder of a woman and her daughter. Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File
Not a member of Magouirk, and Syren to witness the execution. Crutsinger’s not forget the two women, who, during his concluding remarks.
“The suspect stabbed the two elderly women killed in their own homes. She offered to give him a chance at honest work. The loss of a mother and her daughter, Pearl Magouirk and Pat, Syren is still felt deeply by their families, and the Fort Worth community. Our condolences and thoughts continue to be with them,” Hartmann said in a statement.
The Supreme court of the u.s. had rejected a request from Crutsinger’s attorney in order to stop the execution. The lawyer had argued Crutsinger, the previous solicitor had in a long, long history of incompetent work in death penalty cases.
“The jury has heard nothing from the defense, that is, information about the disease of alcoholism in relation to the violation of the code of conduct,” including things such as, “there is a history of domestic violence and abuse, repeated losses of significant loved ones,” Lydia Brandt, Crutsinger’s lawyer, wrote in her one of her Supreme Court petition.
Burns also argued the lower court had wrongly rejected Crutsinger funding for research, competence, and mental health claims that were not sufficiently assessed, due to the prior association.
The lower court of appeal and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had refused to stop the execution.
Investigators said DNA evidence tied Crutsinger the killings and he confessed.
Burns described Crutsinger, the previous appellate lawyer, Richard Alley, as a big word processor that can be cut and pasted to the “useless” legal arguments in other cases, it was removed from another death-row client’s case, and is suspended from the practice at the state and federal courts.
He stated that the Alley is performed in a similar shoddy job for at least six death penalty cases. Four of those prisoners have been executed. A lawyer for former death row inmate, Bobby wood on the alleged incompetent to work the Street before the Woods, and was carried out in 2009.
In 2006, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals removed alley from the list of lawyers eligible to represent condemned inmates in their appeals. Al passed away in march of 2017.
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“I’m doing the best I can on all these issues,” Alley told the Austin American-Statesman, in 2006, a story, a story that is part of a series that will look at the poor work of the court-appointed lawyers, in an appeal of death penalty cases.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office named Crutsinger in the allegations made against the Alley, “” speculative,” because he has not identified any claims that Rose should have been raised, but it did not work. The attorney general’s office said Crutsinger the event includes a “comprehensive review” during the appeals process.
Fox News’ Shannon Bream and The Associated Press contributed to this report.