Texas to execute inmate convicted in 1990 murder and rape

AUSTIN, Texas Tue Apr 9, 2013 10:36am EDT

Texas inmate Rickey Lewis is pictured in this undated booking photo courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice. REUTERS/Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout

Texas inmate Rickey Lewis is pictured in this undated booking photo courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas inmate Rickey Lewis is scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday for murdering a man in 1990 and then raping the dead man's fiancée.

A dozen Texas convicts are scheduled to be executed before the end of July. Texas has executed more people than any other U.S. state since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 and last year put 15 people to death.

If Lewis' lethal injection is carried out on Tuesday evening, it would be the second execution this year in Texas and the sixth in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

He was convicted of shooting to death George Newman, 45, while burglarizing Newman's home in East Texas.

After the shooting, Lewis, then 28, raped Newman's fiancée and stole her vehicle, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The fiancée later climbed out of a bathroom window and drove to a store to call police, according to the department.

DNA analysis showed that Lewis' blood and semen matched traces found at the scene, according to an account of the case from the state attorney general's office.

Lewis already had a long criminal record, including a conviction for assaulting an 18-year-old who had gotten in the way of his attempt to burglarize her family's vehicles.

Lewis has claimed that he has mental disabilities, and those claims delayed a 2003 execution date, but his execution was later rescheduled.

(Reporting By Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Scott Malone and Alden Bentley)

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Comments (6)
guycmcd wrote:
what other sentence would be appropriate for a life-long violent criminal? just one…this execution should have been completed more than a decade ago…as a life-long Texan, I am proud of my state’s resolve in following Biblical teaching of eye for an eye. however, if these executions cannot be carried out in say-12 months or less-effectively the death penalty has no sting…and it should sting until the reprobate who perpetrate violence, death, and destruction are once and for all rehabilitated…in the Walls unit…

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Willie12345 wrote:
What a waste of human life.

Apr 09, 2013 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Willie12345 wrote:
What a waste of human life.

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