This evening, September 10th, the State of Texas executed Willie Trottie. A Harris County jury sentenced him to death for the 1993 murders of his former girlfriend Barbara Canada, and her brother, Titus, at the Canada family home in Houston. Canada’s mother and sister also were wounded in the attack.
The execution took place under a shroud of secrecy, as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice still refuses to disclose its source for compounded pentobarbital, the sole drug used in executions here. According to the Associated Press, “attorneys for Trottie contended the dose of pentobarbital for his lethal injection was past its effectiveness date and could subject him to unconstitutional ‘tortuous’ pain.” The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal.
It was the first execution in Texas in four months and the state’s first since the botched executions in Oklahoma and Arizona. Earlier in the day, the State of Missouri also carried out an execution, putting Earl Ringo, Jr. to death. Both Texas and Missouri have executed eight people to date in 2014.
Harris County now accounts for 122 executions since 1982, more than any state in the country besides Texas and twice as many as any other county.
Harris County prosecutors have sentenced 294 people to death since 1976; there are approximately 100 inmates still on death row who were convicted in Harris County … more than one-third of the current death row population.