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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Texas: Tracy Beatty wins stay of execution

Tracy Beatty
Tracy Beatty
(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A Smith County man who killed his 62-year-old mother, buried her in the backyard and used her credit cards and drained her bank accounts was set to be executed Thursday, but received a stay of execution Tuesday afternoon.

Tracy Beatty, 54, was convicted of kiling his mother Carolyn Ruth Clark in December 2003.

Evidence showed Beatty drained his mother's bank accounts, stole her car and used the money to buy drugs after he buried her body in the back yard.

"He had been to the penitentiary and was out at one point in time, then he brutally assaulted her, his parole was revoked, and he was sent back to the penitentiary," Smith County Sheriff's Major Mike Lusk said at the time. "We have some indication that was part of his motive."

On Tuesday the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay. 

There was no indication as to why the court granted the stay.

Source: CBS19TV, August 11, 2015

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