State of Texas Executes Carroll Parr; Galveston County Jury Imposes First New Death Sentence in 2013

On May 7, 2013, the State of Texas put Carroll Parr to death for the 2003 drug-related robbery and killing of Joel Dominguez in Waco.  It was the fifth execution to take place in Texas this year.  Read an account from the Associated Press.

Earlier in the day, a Galveston County jury sentenced Bartholomew Granger to death for the murder of 79-year-old Minnie Ray Sebolt outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in 2012.  According to the Associated Press, “Granger, 42, showed no remorse as he admitted opening fire on his daughter and running her over with his truck because she had testified against him in a sexual assault case, but he insisted he didn’t kill Sebolt. His daughter and her mother were among three women wounded in the attack.”  The trial was moved to Galveston so that jurors did not have to walk by the crime scene every day.

Read more about this case from the Beaumont Enterprise.

This is the first new death sentence imposed in Texas in 2013.  In 2012, Texas juries sentenced nine people to death.    View death sentences by county at