death penalty execution Tarrant County Texas

State of Texas executes James Bigby

The State of Texas executed James Bigby around 6:00 PM tonight. Bigby was put to death for the 1987 murders of Michael R. Trekell and Jayson Kehler in Tarrant County.

In his final statement, Bigby apologized for his crimes. Jolie McCullough of the Texas Tribune reports:

I’m sorry it went on for a terribly long time…I hope that my death will bring you peace and closure…I hope that you could forgive me, but if you don’t I understand.

Read more about the case from the Texas Tribune.

This was the fourth execution to take place in Texas this year and the sixth nationwide. Tarrant County accounts for 40 executions, the fourth highest number in the state behind Harris, Dallas, and Bexar Counties.

There are five executions scheduled in Texas through July; this includes another two individuals who were convicted in Tarrant County.