Texas Inmate Executed After 18 Years on Death Row
Coy Wesbrook was put to death on Wednesday for the 1997 shooting rampage that killed five
18 years after being sentenced to death, Texas Inmate Coy Wesbrook was executed on Wednesday night, according to reports.
Despite being held up by last minute appeals from a death penalty opponent in Houston, Wesbrook, 58, was put to death just after 8 p.m., the Associated Press reports.
According to AP, in 1997 Wesbrook shot and killed five people – one of which was his ex- wife – when he walked in on a party at her apartment and caught her having sex with two men, after the pair had talked about reconciling.
Reportedly stating during trial that his ex-wife’s actions humiliated him, Wesbrook went to his truck where he grabbed a rifle and shot all five people at the apartment.
While Wesbrook’s attorney Don Vernay told AP that they’d tried everything possible as far as appeals, he told the Texas Tribune that his client shouldn’t be executed and that the court’s ruling on Wesbrook’s intellectual disability was a “travesty.”
“The question of his guilt was not an issue,” Vernay told the Tribune. “In my mind, he fit the criteria [for intellectual disability]. This execution should not happen, but it’s Texas, man.”