Texas executes convicted killer regardless of plea by victim’s household
By Jon Herskovitz
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas executed a gentleman on Tuesday for murdering a shop owner throughout a theft in 2004, inspite of phone calls from some relations of the victim that his life be spared.
Christopher Younger, 34, was place to demise by lethal injection at the state’s demise chamber in the town of Huntsville for the murder of Hasmukh Patel at his usefulness keep in San Antonio, the Texas Division of Felony Justice explained.
Younger turned the 13th U.S. inmate place to death this calendar year, and the 553rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court docket reinstated the dying penalty in 1976, the most of any condition. Prior to Young’s deadly injection, Texas experienced carried out seven executions so significantly this calendar year.
Attorneys for Young, who is African-American, submitted a final-minute appeal to halt his execution, arguing that race was a component in the selection this thirty day period by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to deny a ask for to halt the execution.
A U.S. district courtroom choose and an appeals courtroom on Tuesday turned down the petition to spare his life.
Young’s attorneys had famous that the board experienced advised clemency in a comparable scenario before this yr that associated a white dying row inmate.
Those people arguing for clemency, which was backed by the murder victim’s son, Mitesh Patel, preferred his sentence commuted to daily life in jail.
Texas contended that Youthful was convicted and deserved to die for the killing, which came soon after he experienced sexually assaulted and carjacked a lady.
“Young gives no direct evidence that any member of the board acted with racial animus,” Texas explained in a lawful submitting.
The parole board has not commented on its conclusion to deny the clemency ask for.
Mitesh Patel stated Young’s contrition in excess of the crime and his perform to assist other people in jail had been amid the variables that led him and other loved ones members to help clemency, the Texas Tribune documented.
Patel instructed a rally final 7 days in guidance of the clemency bid that Young’s execution would not “consider us toward any beneficial final result.”
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz Enhancing by Bernadette Baum and Rosalba O’Brien)