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State of Texas scheduled to execute Coy Wesbrook

Tonight the State of Texas is scheduled to carry out its fourth execution of the year.  Coy Wesbrook – who goes by the nickname “Elvis” – was sentenced to death for the murders of his ex-wife, Gloria Coons, and Antonio Cruz in 1997 in Channelview (Harris County).  He killed three other people that night, as well.

According to his attorneys, no legal appeals are pending. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected Wesbrook’s clemency petition by a vote of 7-0 earlier this week.  Read more about his case in the Houston Press.

If it proceeds, Wesbrook’s execution will the be eighth lethal injection in the United States this year. Of the 534 executions in Texas since 1982, 125 involved cases out of Harris County, which includes Houston.

Two other individuals – Adam Ward and John Battaglia – have execution dates this month in Texas.  All other executions scheduled to occur in March elsewhere in the United States have been stayed for various reasons.