Victor Saldano was convicted of the November 1995 abduction and murder of Paul King. King was reportedly abducted from outside a convenience store and robbed of his cash and shot to death.
Resentenced to Death 2004.
Sales and two codefendants on 07/21/2000 fatally shot a 30-year-old man so he could not testify against them in another deadly conduct charge. Sentenced to Death 4/03.
Juan Meza Segundo
On August 3, 1986, in Tarrant County, Segundo raped and strangled to death an 11-year-old girl. A DNA link to Segundo was established almost 20 years later. Sentenced to Death 2/07.
Victim: Vanessa Villa.
Tommy Lynn Sells
On December 31, 1999, Sells stabbed and slashed the throat of a 13-year-old girl, resulting in her death. He then slashed the throat of a 10-year-old girl who survived. The girls lived in the same home and Sells broke in with the intent of sexually assaulting the older girl. Sentenced to Death 11/00.
Victim: Kaylene Harris.
John Henry Selvage
John Selvage was convicted in the July 1979 shooting death of Albert Garza, 48, a Harris County deputy sheriff.
Sentenced to Death 3/80.
On 6/30/1993 Sheppard and codefendant James Dickerson spotted Marilyn Meagher carrying clothing from her car into her apartment and decided to rob her of her car. The pair tackled Meagher inside
her apartment, and while she begged for her life, slashed her throat with knives five times. They
then wrapped her head in a plastic bag and struck her in the head with a 10-pound statue.
Sentenced to Death 5/95.
Codefendent James Dickerson Died on DR from Aids.
Anthony Allen Shore
On September 26, 1986, Shore kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and strangled her to death with a cord.
On April 16, 1992, Shore kidnapped a 21-year-old woman, sexually assaulted her and strangled her to death with a cord.
On October 19, 1993, Shore entered the home of a 14-year-old girl, bound and sexually assaulted her, and strangled her to death
On August 7, 1994, Shore kidnapped and sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl causing her death.
On July 6, 1995, Shore kidnapped a 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her causing her death.
Shore was a confessed serial rapist/killer. The crime for which he was on trial was the kidnap/rape/strangulation of Maria Del Carmen Estrada (21). Shore described to police he was hearing voices that he had to possess Estrada. Shore also confessed to killing Laurie Lee Tremblay (15) in 1986, Dana Sanchez (16) in 1995, and Diana Rebollar (9) in 1994. Two of these three victims were raped. He had also been convicted of sexually assaulting two family members. These convictions put him in the DNA database, which then led to his being tied to the Estrada murder when some fingernail scrapings were analyzed that had not been tested earlier. Shore insisted his counsel not cross-examine witnesses, and not present mitigating evidence because he wanted a death sentence.
Sentenced to Death 11/04.
On July 29, 2002, Shuffield and one codefendant went to the home of a 36-year-old man, retrieved a shotgun from his bedroom and shot him one time. Shuffield then got a .380 caliber pistol and shot the victim two more times, resulting in his death. Sentenced to Death 2/03.
Victim: Lance Luke Walker, 36.
Skinner was convicted of fatally bludgeoning his girlfriend, Twila Jean Busby, 40, with an ax handle, then fatally stabbing her two mentally impaired sons, Elwin Caler, 22, and Randy Busby, 20, at their Pampa home on New Year's Eve in 1993. Sentenced to Death 3/95.
Paul Slater was convicted of the July 1995 shooting deaths of two men in Houston. According to the report, Slater and a juvenile codefendant met the men at a car wash to negotiate a drug transaction. After the two men got into the back seat of Slater's car, Slater walked to the back of the car, drew a pistol and fired into the back seat, killing both men.
Sentenced to Death 11/96.
On March 24, 2005, Smith entered a woman's home and shot her three times at close range, resulting in her death. The victim's daughter, an 11-year-old girl ran from the home, but Smith followed her and fatally shot her.
Victims: Tammie White, Kristina White
Sentenced to Death 7/06.
Jack Harry Smith
Jack Smith was convicted of the January 1978 shooting death of Roy Deputter during a robbery.
Sentenced to Death 10/78.
Roosevelt Smith Jr. was convicted for his participation in the robbery and strangulation of a 77-year-old woman in Harris County.
Victim: Betty Blair
Sentenced to Death 11/07.
Roy G. Smith
Roy Smith was convicted of the robbery and murder of a 67-year-old man for $4.27 which he got when he searched the victim's pockets.
Victim: James Whitmire
Sentenced to Death 6/90.
Update: TCCA Tossed Death Sentence on 4/28/10.
Max A. Soffar
Convicted of shooting four people, three of them fatally, at a northwest Houston bowling alley.
Max Soffar, 50, originally was sent to death row in the 1980 killings of two teenagers and a 25-year-old man at the Fair Lanes Windfern Bowling Center. Resentenced to Death 2/06.
Victims: Arden Alane Felsher, 17; Stephen Allen Sims, 25; and Tommy Lee Temple, 17.
On May 31, 2002, in Harris County, Texas, Sorto and two codefendants kidnapped two women, sexually assaulted them and shot them in the head resulting in their deaths.
Sentenced to Death 12/03.
Victims: Roxana Aracelie Capulin, 24, and Maria Moreno Rangel, 38.
Codefendent Edgardo Cubas also sentenced to Death.
Pedro S. Sosa
Sosa was convicted of the November 1983 shooting death of deputy sheriff 55-year-old Ollie Childress Jr. Sosa and his nephew kidnapped Childress, put him in the trunk of his patrol car and drove the car to a bank which they robbed. After the bank robbery, Sosa shot Childress once in the neck with the officer's revolver, then returned later and shot him again after finding he had survived the first gun shot wound.
Sentenced to Death 01/85.
Convicted and sentenced to Death for the 2007 stabbing deaths of his wife and two stepsons.
Sentenced to Death 12/08.
Victims: Chare Agnew, and stepsons Harold Sublet Jr., 9, and Raeqwon Agnew, 10,
On July 11, 1997 at the Telford Unit in Bowie County, Speer strangled to death a prison inmate in the victim's cell.
Sentenced to Death 10/01.
Victim: Gary Dickerson
On October 6, 2002, in Ellis County, Texas, Sprouse was experiencing car trouble at a gas station. He approached a customer and asked for assistance. When the customer was not able to repair his vehicle, Sprouse shot a man who was filling his car with gas. The store clerk called the police. Upon arrival, Sprouse shot the responding 28-year-old police officer resulting in his death.
Sentenced to Death 3/04.
Victims: Pedro Moreno, Police Officer Harry Steinfeld III
Steven Staley was convicted in the October 1989 murder of 35-year-old Robert Read during the robbery of a Fort Worth restaurant. Staley and two accomplices pulled semi-automatic weapons
after eating at a Steak & Ale restaurant. The trio rounded up 30 customers and six employees
and demanded their wallets. Staley then forced Read, the restaurant's general manager, to open
the safe and deposit the day's receipts in a briefcase. An employee managed to escape and alert
police who then surrounded the building. The robbers took Read as hostage, stole a car and fled
with police in pursuit. Read was shot in the head, chest and arm after being pulled inside the car
by Staley. All three were arrested after a high-speed chase.
Sentenced to Death 8/91.
Paul David Storey
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the murder of Jonas Cherry, 28, on Oct. 16, 2006 at the
Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Hurst during the course of a robbery.
Sentenced to Death 9/08.
Stroman was convicted of the October 2001 murder of a male convenience store employee during a robbery attempt.
Sentenced to Death 9/04.
Victim: Vasudev Patel, 49
Mario Rashad Swain
On December 27, 2002, in Gregg County, Texas, Swain broke into a home with the intent to steal money. While the burglary was in progress, the victim, a 44-year-old woman returned home. After a struggle, Swain struck the victim in the head with a tire tool and placed her body in the trunk of her car. He transported her body to an abandoned car and placed her in the trunk. Swain returned to the home and stole money, jewelry and credit cards.
Sentenced to Death 4/04.
Victim: Lola Nixon
Swearingen kidnapped and strangled a 19-year-old woman on December 8, 1998.
Melissa Trotter disappeared from Montgomery College on Dec. 8, 1998. Her body was found nearly
a month later in the Sam Houston National Forest with a piece of pantyhose around her neck.
Sentenced to Death 7/00.
On November 26, 2004 in Bell County, Tabler and a codefendant drove up next to a car driven by two men of foreign nationality. Tabler shot one of the men once in the head and the other twice in the neck with a .45 Ruger, fatally wounding one of the victims. Reports also indicate that Tabler had the codefendant video tape the last shot fired.
Sentenced to Death 4/07.
Victims: Mohamed Amine Rahmouni and Haitham Zayed
Edgar Tamayo was convicted of the 1/3/94 shooting death of Houston police officer Guy Gaddis. Officer Gaddis was flagged down outside a nightclub by a man Tamayo had robbed minutes earlier. Gaddis, 24, arrested and handcuffed Tamayo and was transporting him to jail when Tamayo pulled a pistol that had gone unseen and shot the officer three times in the back of the head.
The officer's patrol car ran off the road into a house, at which time Tamayo kicked out the windown and fled, still handcuffed. He was arrested several blocks away.
Tamayo told investigators that he was angry with Gaddis because he wouldn't let him leave his keys with his wife before being transported to jail.
Sentenced to Death 11/94.
On April 1, 1999, while in prison, Taylor fatally stabbed a black male offender multiple times with an 8-inch home-made weapon. Taylor and one co-defendant had engaged in a fight with the victim due to racial tension. Taylor was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (a recognized security threat group).
Sentenced to Death 2/00.
On March 31, 1997, Tercero and one co-defendant entered a cleaners and shot and killed a man in the presence of his three-year-old daughter. An unknown amount of cash was taken from the business and Tercero and his co-defendant fled the scene. Tercero further fled to Florida, while his co-defendant fled to Mexico.
On March 27, 2004, in Grayson County, Texas, Thomas entered the home of his 20-year-old wife and fatally stabbed her. He then fatally stabbed his four-year-old son, and his 13- month-old step-daughter. Thomas then left the scene, walked home and stabbed himself three times in the chest
Sentenced to Death 3/05.
Victims: 13-month-old Leyha Marie Hughes. Also slain March 27, 2004, were his wife, Laura Christine Boren, 20, and their son, 4-year-old Andre Lee.
Kenneth D. Thomas
Thomas was convicted in the March 1986 murder of Dallas civil rights attorney Fred Finch during the burglary of Finch's home. Finch and his wife Mildred were fatally stabbed after Thomas broke into their home.
Sentenced to Death 5/87.
Update: TCCA tossed Death Sentence 8/25/10.
On April 30, 1998 in Houston, Thompson got into an argument with a man and a woman at the woman's apartment. The night before officers had been called to the same address and had escorted Thompson away from the residence. Thompson returned early the next morning and kicked the door in. He shot the man, causing his death, and injured the female severely enough to require life flight to the hospital. She died one week later, as a result of the shooting.
Resentenced to Death 10/05.
Victims: Dennise Hayslip, 39 and Darren Keith Cain, 30
On April 14, 2001, in Navarro County, Texas, Threadgill murdered a 17-year-old man with a single gunshot to his upper body. Threadgill also took a car during the incident.
Sentenced to Death 7/02.
Victim: Dexter McDonald
John Darrell Thuesen, 26, the ex-boyfriend of a Texas A&M student, was sentenced to death Friday in Bryan for the shooting of the coed and her brother. The jury convicted Thuesen of capital murder last week in the March 2009 deaths of Rachael Kate Joiner, 21, and her brother, Travis Wilson Joiner, 23 of Eldorado. They were gunned down in the home they shared. Jurors began punishment deliberations Thursday, but after eight-and-a-half hours of discussion, could not reach a decision on whether Thuesen should be sentenced to death or life without the possibility of parole. The eight women and four men were sequestered Thursday night at a Bryan-area hotel. They returned at 8:30 a.m. Friday to resume deliberations and reached a decision at around 10 a.m. After Thuesen was sentenced, the parents of the murdered students addressed him in a victim impact statement, saying, “You disgraced our Lord and creator. Ruining the lives of friends and families was your goal and you were a success. You took away sweet, loving kind people with bright futures.” “You subjected good people to sights and sounds that no person should be subjected to, including the jury, the court,” Prosecutors suggested Thuesen was jealous after seeing Rachel Joiner with another former boyfriend.
Defense attorneys contended that he was mentally impaired and didn't mean to kill the pair.
He has been diagnosed with severe depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his service as a Marine in Iraq, where he saw heavy combat.
Sentenced to Death 5/28/10.
Keith Steven Thurmond
On September, 25, 2001, in Magnolia, Thurmond murdered his estranged wife, 32, and her boyfriend, 35.
Sentenced to Death 11/02.
Victims: Sharon Anne Thurmond and Guy Sean Fernandez
Chuong Duong Tong
On April 4, 1997, in Houston, Tong shot and killed an off-duty police officer during the robbery of a food store. Tong also took the officer's jewelry before fleeing the scene.
Sentenced to Death 4/98.
Victim: Police Officer Tony Thrinh
Carlos Trevino was convicted of the June 1996 rape and murder of 15-year-old Linda Salinas at a San Antonio park. Trevino, a member of the Pisteleros street gang, and three accomplices sexually assaulted, then killed her by slashing her throat with a knife.
Sentenced to Death 8/97.
Willie T. Trottie
Trottie was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Barbara Canada, 24, and her brother, Titus Canada, 29. Both were victims of a shooting rampage that also left their mother and sister wounded.
Sentenced to Death 12/93.