Timothy Wayne Adams - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Tuesday 22 February 2011, 2:00
End : Tuesday 22 February 2011, 2:00
Timothy Wayne Adams - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution for February 22, 2011
Victims: Timothy Wayne Adams, Jr. his son
The Crime: Adams was sentenced to death for murdering his 19 month old son by shooting him twice in the chest. Prosecutors said Adams killed his son to cause suffering for his wife, who was trying to leave him. Defense attorneys argued the events were an aberration in an otherwise law-abiding life and that Adams had intended to kill himself before friends and police talked him out of it.
The shooting had escalated to a police standoff at the family's apartment in southwest Houston.
Evidence showed Adams held his child at arm's length and shot him once with a pistol, then shot him again as the boy lay on the floor.
HUNTSVILLE -- A Houston man convicted for the 2002 fatal shooting of his 19-month-old son after an hours-long standoff with police was executed Tuesday.
Timothy Wayne Adams, 42, shook his head when asked whether he had any final words.
Before the lethal drugs were administered, he mouthed some words to his parents and brother and sister. Adams kept his gaze on his family and never looked at his son's mother and her family, who watched from a different room than his relatives.
He was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m.
Emma Adams, the toddler's mother, quietly sobbed throughout the execution.
Adams was the second Texas prisoner put to death this year in the nation's busiest death penalty state.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Adams' final appeal Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Timothy Adams Jr.'s slaying was intended as retaliation by Adams because his wife was leaving him. Defense attorneys argued that the killing was an aberration in an otherwise law-abiding life.
Adams' family had asked that his sentence be commuted to life in prison without parole.
Last week, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected a request to recommend that Gov. Rick Perry commute the sentence. It also turned down a request for a four-month execution delay.
Adams' lawyers had argued that his sentence was unconstitutional and that the instructions to his trial jury were flawed. They also contend that his clean prison record belied the jury's finding that Adams would be a future threat, one of the questions Texas jurors must decide when deliberating a death sentence.
At least three other Texas Death Row inmates have execution dates scheduled for the coming months, including Cleve Foster and Cary Kerr of Tarrant County.
However, the prison system's supply of the drug sodium thiopental expires at the end of March. Sodium thiopental is one of three drugs used in the lethal mixture. The drug's sole manufacturer in the United States has suspended production, and supplies elsewhere are scarce. Prison officials have said they are trying to find another source.
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