Last night, April 16, 2013, the State of Texas executed Ronnie Threadgill for the 2001 murder of 17-year-old Dexter McDonald during a carjacking outside a Navarro County nightclub. It was the third execution to date this year in Texas, out of eight nationwide.
Eleven executions are scheduled to take place in Texas between now and the end of July. According to the Port Arthur News, the execution of Elroy Chester has been moved from April 24 to June 12 due to a paperwork issue. Chester was convicted in Jefferson County of the 1998 shooting death of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III. He pled guilty to Ryman’s murder and reportedly has admitted to four other slayings.