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Tourniquet Killer' Anthony Shore, who terrorized Texas woman, finally set to die

A convicted sex offender whose signature killing method prompted him to be dubbed Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" is set to die by lethal injection Wednesday evening, barring any late legal action.

Anthony Allen Shore, 55, will be the seventh Texas inmate to be executed this year. When he was arrested in 2003, he confessed to killing a 21-year-old woman by twisting a cord from a window blind around her neck and dumping her in the drive-thru lane of a Dairy Queen in 1991.

"He said, 'I have a tip for you. There's a serial killer on the loose.'"

Maria del Carmen Estrada's slaying went unsolved for more than a decade until a tiny particle collected from beneath her fingernail matched the DNA of Shore.

When police arrested Shore, who was on probation for his 1998 conviction for sexually assaulting two relatives, he also confessed to killing three others, including a 9-year-old girl and two teenage girls. All were Hispanic, and three had been sexually assaulted.

"There were voices in my head that I was going to have her, regardless, to possess her in some way," Shore, a former tow truck driver, phone company repairman and part-time musician, told detectives about Estrada. The then-21-year-old Estrada was walking to work about 6:30 a.m. on April 16, 1992, when he offered her a ride she accepted.

It wasn't until five years after Shore's DNA went into a state database following his 1998 sexual assault conviction that the match to Estrada's murderer was made.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has described Shore as a "true serial killer" who terrorized young Hispanic females in the Houston area for years.

Besides Estrada, Shore confessed to the slayings of Laurie Tremblay, 15, found beside a trash bin outside a Houston restaurant in 1986; Diana Rebollar, 9, abducted while walking to a neighborhood grocery store in 1994; and Dana Sanchez, 16, who disappeared in 1995 while hitchhiking to her boyfriend's home in Houston.

At the time of the Sanchez murder, Shore called Houston television station KPRC to report the location of a body.

"I pick up the phone and I say, 'Tipline,'" former KPRC assignment manager Barbara Magana Robertson said. "He said, 'I have a tip for you. There's a serial killer on the loose.'"

Robertson said the nearly 40-minute call became serious when the man started giving her directions to the location of a body, including details on how it was positioned.

"He gave me clues to like four or five different murders and I had no idea. I'm thinking I'm getting one murder details and he knew I was getting several different murders," said Robertson.

At his trial in 2004, with the confession and DNA results in evidence, a jury convicted Shore of capital murder. The next day, Shore's lawyers told jurors that, against their judgment and advice, their client wanted the death penalty. Jurors then heard four days of prosecution evidence about the three other slayings and heard from three women who testified he raped them.

The trial judge ultimately asked Shore directly if his lawyers' statements about him wanting the death penalty were accurate.

"This is very accurate," he replied.

In appeals, lawyers appointed for Shore argued he suffered from brain damage early in life that his trial attorneys didn't discover, and the brain injury affected his decision about wanting the death penalty. A federal appeals court earlier this year turned down his appeal and two weeks ago the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case.

The six-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously rejected a clemency petition Monday.

"I would describe Anthony's demeanor as that of any condemned man, that even though his life is severely altered by being in prison, especially on death row, he would rather have that than death," Knox Nunnally, one of Shore's attorneys said.

This will be one of the biggest scumbags to ever bite the dust.
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Last post by Londoner77 - October 14, 2017, 07:03:36 AM
You forgot to say 'Innocent scumbag' surely.
 ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D

Over 30 years and probably just as many stories ranging from 'it wasn't me guv, honest' right through to 'yeah,  I did it but I didn't mean it' through to 'yeah, ok it was me but he tried to kill me first'

Maybe we could have believed one constant story but not the ramblings of a pathological liar

Anyway,  it worked out just fine.  The lying murderer is worm food at last!
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Last post by turboprinz - October 14, 2017, 06:39:25 AM
give the scumbag a face ...
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Last post by turboprinz - October 14, 2017, 06:31:38 AM
last look to the scumbag...
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Last post by turboprinz - October 14, 2017, 06:28:27 AM
Last look to the scumbag...
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Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - October 13, 2017, 02:19:29 PM
Last words and such...

In his final statement before being put to death, the 38-year-old Pruett said he hurt a lot of people and a lot of people hurt him. He said he was sorry and held no grudges.

"I've had to learn lessons in life the hard way," he said. "One day there won't be a need to hurt people."

He told his friends who were watching the execution through a window that he loved them. "I'm ready to go," Pruett said. "Nighty night, everybody. I'm done, warden."

As the lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital began to flow, he started to chant: "Love. Light. It's forever."  His voice rose as he repeated the phrase. He added obscenities and soon was yelling. He started to slur his words before slipping into unconsciousness.

His last meal was a chicken patty, mashed potatoes, country gravy, black-eyed peas, corn and chili.


Pruett was the 6th condemned murderer executed in Texas this year and the 544th since executions resumed.
His was the 20th 2017 US execution and the 1462nd since 1976.

The skinny...

Pruett slipped through the hangman's noose three times in the past 5 years.  The 4th time turned out to be the charm and Texas lit him up at 6:46 PM CDT.

Up next...

Anthony Allen Shore is set to be executed in Texas on October 18.  Between 1986 and 1995, Shore kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and strangled her to death with a cord, kidnapped a 21-year-old woman, sexually assaulted her and strangled her to death with a cord, entered the home of a 14-year-old girl, bound and sexually assaulted her, and strangled her to death, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl causing her death and kidnapped a 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her causing her death.

This asshole is a real poster child for the death penalty...and I hope it hurts like a bastard.
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Last post by phlebbb - October 13, 2017, 01:43:31 AM
Texas inmate executed for prison guard's death
Associated Press


 Robert Pruett was put to death by lethal injection Thursday for the death of a corrections officer at a South Texas prison in December 1999. Pruett was there serving a 99-year sentence for another slaying. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via Associated Press)
Robert Pruett was put to death by lethal injection Thursday for the death of a corrections officer at a South Texas prison in December 1999. Pruett was there serving a 99-year sentence for another slaying. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via Associated Press)

A Texas inmate convicted in the death of a prison guard was put to death Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyer's attempts to halt the execution.

Robert Pruett was given a lethal injection for the December 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle at a prison southeast of San Antonio. Nagle was repeatedly stabbed with a tape-wrapped metal rod, though an autopsy showed he died from a heart attack that the assault caused.

Prosecutors have said the attack stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich that Pruett wanted to take into a recreation yard against prison rules.

The 38-year-old Pruett, who was already serving a 99-year sentence for a neighbor's killing near Houston when he was convicted in Nagle's death, lost two appeals at the Supreme Court as his execution neared. He became the 20th prisoner put to death this year in the U.S. and the sixth in Texas, which carries out the death penalty more than any other state. Texas executed seven inmates last year.

Pruett's lawyers had asked the high court to review whether lower courts properly denied a federal civil rights lawsuit that sought additional DNA testing in his case. They also questioned whether a prisoner like Pruett, who claimed actual innocence in federal court because of newly discovered evidence after exhausting all other appeals, could be put to death.

Pruett avoided execution in April 2015, hours before he could have been taken to the death chamber, when a state judge halted his punishment so additional DNA testing could be conducted on the rod used to stab the 37-year-old Nagle. The new tests showed no DNA on the tape but uncovered DNA on the rod from an unknown female who authorities said likely handled the shank during the appeals process after the original tests in 2002.

Pruett's attorneys unsuccessfully sought more DNA testing and filed a federal civil rights lawsuit arguing Pruett had been denied due process. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit last week, and the lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Attorneys for Texas told the Supreme Court that Pruett's appeals were delay tactics after issues were "repeatedly raised" and "properly rejected" by the courts.

No physical evidence tied Pruett to Nagle's death at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit near Beeville. At his 2002 trial, prisoners testified that they saw Pruett attack Nagle or heard him talk about wanting to kill the guard. According to some of the testimony, he talked about possessing a weapon as well.

Pruett had said he was framed and that Nagle could have been killed by other inmates or corrupt officers at the McConnell Unit.

Pruett's 99-year murder sentence was for participating with his father and a brother in the 1995 stabbing death of a 29-year-old neighbor, Raymond Yarbrough, at the man's trailer home in Channelview, just east of Houston. Pruett was 15 when the attack happened.

According to court testimony from a sheriff's detective, Pruett argued with Yarbrough and then got his father and brother to join him in attacking the man. Pruett punched and kicked Yarbrough and held him down while his father stabbed the man multiple times, the detective said.

Pruett's father, Howard Pruett, is serving life in prison. His brother, Howard Pruett Jr., was sentenced to 40 years.

Took long enough ,but, in the end Pruett got his gurney ride......
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Last post by RevKev - October 12, 2017, 10:39:09 PM
Hope the execution takes place.
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Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - October 12, 2017, 05:30:38 PM
The Latest: Condemned Texas inmate loses clemency bid

Oct 12, 2017 Updated 56 min ago

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The Latest on Texas Execution (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a clemency petition from death row inmate Robert Pruett.

Pruett is scheduled to die Thursday evening for the 1999 killing of a Texas corrections officer, Daniel Nagle.

Attorneys for the 38-year-old inmate asked the board to recommend to Gov. Greg Abbott that Pruett be given a 120-day reprieve and that his death sentence be commuted to life in prison.

Parole board spokesman Raymond Estrada says the six-member panel unanimously voted Wednesday not to recommend clemency.
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Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - October 11, 2017, 07:47:07 PM
And Pruett's ambulance chaser heads to SCOTUS...

No. 17-6312 *** CAPITAL CASE ***

Title:   Robert Lynn Pruett, Petitioner v. Jack Choate, et al.

Docketed:   October 10, 2017
Linked with 17A390   
Lower Ct:   United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Case Numbers:   (17-70021)
Decision Date:   October 6, 2017

Oct 10 2017   Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed.
Oct 10 2017   Application (17A390) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Alito.
Oct 11 2017   Brief of respondents Choate, Jack, et al. in opposition filed.
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