(Reuters) – A person convicted of killing an aged girl and her daughter of their dwelling after which stealing the daughter’s automobile and bank card is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Wednesday.
Billy Crutsinger, 64, was sentenced to dying by a jury in 2003 after being convicted of the murders of 89-year-old Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter, Patricia Syren, earlier that 12 months. He’s set to die by deadly injection on the state’s dying chamber in Huntsville.
Crutsinger was accused of coming into the ladies’s Fort Price dwelling on April 6, 2003, and stabbing them a number of occasions and slitting their throats. He then stole Syren’s Cadillac and bank card, in response to prosecutors.
Detectives later arrested Crutsinger in Galveston, the place he had used Syren’s bank card in a number of bars, courtroom paperwork confirmed.
Crutsinger confessed to police that he had killed the 2 ladies and took their property. He additionally instructed them the place they might discover proof, courtroom papers stated.
Investigators discovered DNA proof that matched Crutsinger and the victims on a damaged knife present in a toilet within the victims’ dwelling, inside Syren’s car that was deserted at a bar and on males’s clothes present in a trash bin close to the automobile, courtroom paperwork stated.
Throughout the previous 16 years, Crutsinger has waged a number of unsuccessful appeals in state and federal courts. As of Wednesday, he had a request with the U.S. Supreme Court docket to halt his execution, arguing his due course of rights had been violated.
Crutsinger can be the fifth inmate in Texas and the 14th in america to be executed in 2019, in response to the Loss of life Penalty Data Heart. Texas leads america in executions for the reason that Supreme Court docket reinstated the dying penalty in 1976.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Modifying by Peter Cooney