His sentence handed down in Brazos County, one of the men behind a gruesome East Texas murder in 1998 has been executed.
Lawrence Russell Brewer was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. Wednesday night in Huntsville, nearly 12 years to the day he was transported from the courthouse in Bryan to Death Row in Livingston.
Brewer and two others were found responsible for the beating and dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a racially-motivated act by Brewer, a professed white supremacist.
There were no appeals filed on Brewer's behalf.
"There were a lot of tears coming from his parents," said Lindsey Kovacevich, a reporter for KFDM in Beaumont who witnessed the execution. "His brother never once looked at Brewer until, finally, it was over."
Witnesses say Brewer only looked at the room with his family, not the one holding Byrd's family.
"James stood up for us," Byrd's sister Clara Taylor said after the execution. "He had our back all the time. He was the life of our family. He would be happy to see us standing up for him."
Taylor said she believes the death penalty should be used on a case-by-case basis, and that it was warranted in Brewer's case.
When asked if it felt like it had been 12 years since her family had been in Bryan to witness Brewer's trial, she said "it's been a long time. It's been a long time. I've aged. It's taken its toll on all of us." Source.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Lawrence Russell Brewer Executed
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