A Texas man who was convicted of shooting and killing a policeman in Houston in 1988 during a failed robbery at an adult bookstore was executed Wednesday, officials said.
Judgment, Robert Jennings, 61, was pronounced dead at 6:33, 18 minutes after receiving a fatal injection and about 30 years after the killed firearm, 24-year-old Elston Howard officer. In a final statement to her family and friends, Jennings said "it was a wonderful trip."
Jennings, a convicted robber, was parole for almost two months when the prosecutors said he was coming in. Peeper's Bookstore for the purpose of stealing the Company. He had robbed the same store 12 days earlier.
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Unknown to Jennings, Officer Howard was arresting the store consultant required to operate a pornographic video arcade without permission.
Jennings shot Howard twice in the head. The injured officer staggered a few feet before falling to the ground where he was shot twice by Jennings. The clerk later testified that the slider was so fast that Howard had never had a chance to keep his gun free.
Jennings was arrested hours later after being hospitalized to be treated for a shot wound – his accomplice shot him in the hand after being angry that Jennings had shot the official.
Attorneys for Jennings had requested the US Supreme Court to delay his execution and argued that Jenning's subjects failed to ask jurors to fully consider evidence – including details of his remorse for the officer's shooting and possible brain damage – which could have saved him a death sentence.
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When he was arrested, Jennings assassinated and told police he was annoyed by the murder and said he would "face any punishment he had."
Jennings received an execution stay in 2016. However, the Supreme Court and the lower appeal bodies are drafting their request to delay Wednesday's execution, and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles beat Jennings & # 39; request to commute their sentence.
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As part of Jenning's final statement, he shared his thoughts on Howard's family.
"To the policeman's family I hope to find peace. Be good and be sure and try to enjoy the moments of life because we never get them back."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.