AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas executed a person on Thursday convicted of murdering a jail guard in 1999, after the U.S. Supreme Courtroom rejected a final-minute attraction to spare his life regardless of arguments by his legal professionals that he was harmless.
Robert Pruett, 38, was put to demise by deadly injection on the state’s demise chamber in Huntsville and pronounced lifeless at 6:forty six p.m. (2346 GMT), the Texas Division of Legal Justice stated. He was the 544th individual executed in Texas because the U.S. Supreme Courtroom reinstated the dying penalty in 1976, probably the most of any state. It was Texas’ sixth execution this yr.
“I’ve harm lots of people and lots of people have harm me. I really like ya’ll a lot. Life don’t finish right here it goes on ceaselessly. I’ve needed to study classes in life the exhausting means. In the future there gained’t be a necessity to harm individuals,” Pruett was quoted as saying in his final assertion by the legal justice division.
About an hour earlier than the scheduled execution, the Supreme Courtroom stated it rejected Pruett’s petition. It didn’t present a purpose.
Pruett, despatched to jail as a youngster and serving a ninety nine-yr sentence as an adjunct to a homicide dedicated by his father, was convicted of killing jail guard Daniel Nagle by stabbing him repeatedly with a shank.
The Nagle household stated in a press release launched by the division: “Although it has been over 18 years since he was taken from us, we nonetheless miss Daniel daily and the execution will on no account reduce our loss.”
Prosecutors stated he murdered the corrections officer as a result of Nagle had reprimanded him for carrying a sandwich into the recreation yard. Torn items of the disciplinary report on Pruett have been discovered close to Nagle’s physique.
“No witnesses testified they noticed the assault, and no bodily proof related Robert Pruett to the homicide,” Pruett’s legal professionals wrote of their petition to the Supreme Courtroom filed on Tuesday.
They stated Pruett, who has maintained his innocence, was convicted on the unreliable testimony of jail informants and that neither Pruett’s fingerprints nor DNA materials have been discovered on the torn report. Legal professionals had additionally requested the state to launch the shank and Nagle’s garments for DNA testing after inconclusive checks occurred in 2000.
In a authorized submitting with the Supreme Courtroom, the state of Texas stated: “Pruett has raised nothing new that casts any doubt on his guilt.”
Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Modifying by Peter Cooney