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Executed - William A. Murray - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Wednesday 17 September 2008, 22:00
End : Wednesday 17 September 2008, 22:00


William A. Murray - Texas Death Row - Scheduled execution for September 17, 2008

EXECUTED

Victims: Rena Ratcliff

The Crime:
On 02/10/98, in Kaufman, Texas, during the nighttime hours, the subject beat, strangled and raped a 93-year old female. Law enforcement officers responded to a call concerning the victim at her residence. When the officers arrived, they found the residence to be in disarray and appeared to have been ransacked. They found the victim in the bedroom, nude from the waist down with wounds and bruising on and about her head area. The victim also had an Ace bandage tied around her neck and into her mouth, which was soaked with blood. It was stated that the victim's death was caused by strangulation and blunt force injuries. The subject confessed to entering the residence and ransacking it. The subject admitted that he physically and sexually assaulted the victim, and wrapped an Ace bandage around her face and mouth. The subject admitted he removed some change from a jar and a small knife.

News: DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas executed a man by lethal injection on Wednesday for the rape and murder of a 93-year-old woman.

William Murray, 39, was condemned for the 1998 slaying of the elderly woman in the north Texas town of Kaufman. He sexually assaulted, beat and strangled his victim and made off with some change from a jar and a knife.

"The victim ... had an Ace bandage tied around her neck and into her mouth, which was soaked with blood," the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a summary of the crime.

Murray was the ninth convict put to death this year by America's most active death penalty state and the 414th since Texas resumed executions in 1982 after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a ban on the practice in 1976.

In his last statement while strapped to a gurney in the state's execution chamber in Huntsville, Murray apologized to the victim's family: "I want to say to the family, I'm sorry."

For his last meal he requested 10 chili cheese enchiladas, a cheese pizza, one cheeseburger and sweet tea. Last meals are a ritual of U.S. executions.

Texas has 11 more executions scheduled for the rest of 2008 and four in 2009 as it works through a "backlog" caused by a seven-month halt to capital punishment imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court as it heard a challenge to the three-drug cocktail method used in lethal injections.

It rejected that challenge in April, paving the way for a resumption of executions in the United States.
source: Reuters

Last Meal: 10 chili cheese enchiladas, a cheese pizza, one cheeseburger and sweet tea.

Final Statement: First I want to say to the family, I'm sorry I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me. The Lord has forgiven me. All I can say is I'm sorry. God Bless. To my family, I'll be there waiting for ya'll, alright? God Bless.


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