A List of Texas Death Row Inmates

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Daniel Acker

Daniel Acker
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Daniel Acker. Mug Shot

At least 24 inmates are incarcerated in Texas as of 2017, waiting to die for their crimes. Daniel Acker is one of them. He kidnapped a 32-year-old woman and murdered her by strangulation and blunt force trauma on March 12, 2000. The woman's body was found on the side of a county road. She was never identified. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Guy Allen

Allen Guy
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Allen Guy. Prison Photo

Guy Allen got into a physical altercation with his 47-year-old girlfriend, Barbara Hill, in Travis County, Texas on April 3, 2002. The victim's 19-year-old daughter, Janette Johnson, witnessed the assault and made a frantic 9-1-1 call for help. Guy then attacked and killed Johnson. Police arrived to find Allen's girlfriend and her daughter stabbed to death. A knife with Guy's blood on it was found on the scene.

Transcript of 9-1-1 call made by Janette Johnson:

"Who’s hitting your mom?" (Screaming was heard in the background)

"Oh my God, he locked the door," Johnson said. "My mom’s friend. He won’t stop hitting her. I can’t open the door. Please, please."

According to the autopsy reports, Hill had been stabbed 46 times and Johnson 10 times.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Kelly Allen

Kelly Allen
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Kelly Allen. Prison Photo

Kelly Allen sexually assaulted and murdered a two-year-old girl in her home on May 10, 2000 in Houston, Texas. The mother of the victim had left her four children in Allen's care while she went to work. The cause of victim's death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the abdomen and chest.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Juan Alvarez

Juan Alvarez
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Juan Alvarez. Prison Photo

Juan Alvarez and three co-defendants participated in two drive-by shootings in Houston. On June 6, Alvarez fired an SKS assault rifle at a group of people at an apartment complex because he suspected that some of the group were members of a rival gang. Two of his co-defendants fired handguns.

Although ballistics tests determined that Alvarez did not fire the fatal bullets on that occasion, testimony revealed that he helped plan the drive-by shooting and that he supplied one of the cars that was used. Two people who were brothers were killed and six were injured by the gunfire.

On June 17, 1998, Alvarez shot and killed two young men with shotguns in an apartment complex in Southwest Houston. The victims were shot at close range in the back and face. Alvarez supplied the shotgun and the same SKS assault rifle in this shooting. He was identified at trial as the shooter. Officers found the shotgun and the SKS assault rifle in his closet.

Testimony ultimately showed that none of the four victims of these incidents were members of the rival gang as Alvarez suspected. Evidence presented at the punishment phase of the trial established that Alvarez had also shot and killed a man in an apparent random attack on May 30, 1998, as the victim was driving home.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Aranda Arturo

Arturo Aranda
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Arturo Aranda. Prison Photo

Aranda Arturo shot an undercover law enforcement officer during a drug bust in Laredo on July 31, 1976. He was out on parole for another crime at the time. The bullet blew the police badge off his victim's chest and killed him. As of May 2017, Arturo has been on Death Row for almost 38 years. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Perry Austin

Perry Austin
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Perry Austin. Prison Photo

Perry Austin was looking for his victim's older brother when went to the Harris County home of a nine-year-old boy on August 19, 1992. The boy got in the car with Austin and reportedly left with him to look for his brother. The little boy's skeletal remains were found on April 23, 1993 in a landfill located in Harris County.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Carlos Ayestas

Carlos Ayestas
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Carlos Ayestas. Prison Photo

A Honduran national, Carlos Ayestas murdered a woman during the burglary of her home on September 5, 1995 in Houston. He strangled 67 year old Santiaga Paneque. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Ayestas' case in April 2017. He says that a federal appeals court would not permit him to gather and present evidence that he suffered from mental illness. He also states he was addicted to cocaine at the time of the crime. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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John Balentine

John Balentine
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate John Balentine. Prison Photo

Balentine fatally shot three young men on January 21, 1998 in Amarillo: 17 year old Edward Mark Caylor, 15 year old Kai Brooke Geyer and 15 year old Steven Brady Watson. He shot each of the boys once in the head with a 32-caliber pistol. Balentine entered a residence during the night and committed the murders while the victims were sleeping there. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Stephen Barbee

Stephen Barbee
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Stephen Barbee. Prison Photo

Stephen Barbee asphyxiated a 34-year-old woman and a seven-year-old boy on February 19, 2005, in Tarrant County. He then transported their bodies to a wooded area and buried them there. The woman was pregnant. Despite the fact that he allegedly later led authorities directly to their bodies, Barbee appealed his death sentence, saying that his attorney at the trial and the trial judge were in collusion. His appeal has been denied. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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John Battaglia

John David Battaglia
An Act of Revenge (L) Battaglia at the time of his arrest. (R) 2016. Mug Shots

John David Battaglia shot and killed his two young daughters in 2001 as an act of revenge against his ex-wife. He'd run out of appeals by late March 2016 and was to be put to death in December, but a last ditch legal plea postponed his execution. He claims that he was mentally incompetent at the time of the murders.

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Tracy Beatty

Tracy Beatty
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Tracy Beatty. Prison Photo

Tracy Beatty strangled his 62-year-old mother in 2003, then placed her in the bathtub for two days before he finally buried her in a shallow grave in their backyard. He was scheduled to die in 2009, then again in August 2015, but he was granted a stay of execution each time. He's still on Death Row as of 2017. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Danny Bible

Danny Bible
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Danny Bible. Prison Photo

On May 27, 1979, Bible attacked and sexually assaulted a woman who came to his home in Harris County to use the phone. Bible then stabbed her multiple times with an ice pick, resulting in her death. He dumped her body in a bayou. He has also confessed to three other murders across various states. The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of his case in 2016. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Alvin Braziel,Jr.

Alvin Braziel
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Alvin Braziel. Prison Photo

Douglas and Lori White had been married just 11 days when Alvin Braziel jumped out from behind the trees and demanded their money as they walked down a bike path in Mesquite, Texas. It was September 21, 1993. The frightened couple began to pray, which enraged Braziel. He shot Douglas, 27, who died at the scene, and raped Lori, 23, before he disappeared into the Dallas suburb.

Police in Dallas matched a DNA sample taken from Alvin Avon Braziel, Jr. with DNA evidence collected from the crime scene eight years later in January 2001. The effort was part of the federal DNA Backlog Reduction Program. Braziel was convicted of capital murder and given the death sentence. He had previously been sentenced to five years in Dallas County for one count of sexual assault of a child.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Anibal Canales, Jr.

Anibal Canales
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Anibal Canales. Prison Photo

Canales strangled a 47-year-old prisoner in the victim's cell.at the Telford Unit in Bowie County on July 11, 1997. He was sentenced to death. A transcript from one of his appeals reads: "The evidence showed that appellant, while incarcerated in prison, was one of approximately 106 members of the Texas Mafia, a criminal organization that carries on assorted criminal activities. The evidence also showed that appellant and another inmate murdered the victim based on orders from a Texas Mafia member because the victim had interfered with some business dealings of the Texas Mafia." 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Ivan Cantu

Ivan Cantu
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Ivan Cantu. Mug Shot

Ivan Cantu shot and killed a 27-year-old man – his cousin – and a 22-year-old woman on November 4, 2000 in Dallas. He took jewelry and a vehicle from the victim's home in the process of the crime. The jewelry was the woman's engagement ring, and Cantu subsequently gave it to his own girlfriend. He lost his second appeal in November 2016. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Larry Estrada

Larry Estrada
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Larry Estrada. Mug Shot

Estrada and one co-defendant robbed a convenience store on February 21, 1997 in Houston. A male clerk was shot and killed in the commission of the crime. Another clerk was also shot and was assumed dead. Estrada and his co-defendant took the clerks' wallets and more than $23,000 in cash from the store's safe and fled, but the surviving clerk was later able to identify them. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Reinaldo Dennes

Reinaldo Dennes
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Reinaldo Dennes. Mug Shot

Dennes murdered a man during an elaborate robbery scheme on January 24, 1996. He and his brother had set up an office in the victim's building so they could learn its layout and the location of surveillance cameras. They paid a maid to leave a back door open to the building on the day of the robbery.

The victim was shot to death as he sat at his desk inside his office. His office safe was emptied of $4.25 million in loose diamonds and gems, along with more than $250,000 in cash. After killing the victim and cleaning out the safe, Dennes disguised himself with a baseball cap and a fake mustache, then he went down to the first floor with the intention of removing the surveillance videotape that had recorded their entry to the building. There he twice shot an unarmed security guard who confronted him. Dennes left the guard for dead, took the tape from the surveillance camera and fled. He was arrested after a gunsmith who fashioned a silencer for his 9 mm pistol went to police. The wounded security guard recovered to identify Dennes as the gunman.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Marcus Druery

Marcus Druery
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Marcus Druery. Mug Shot

Druery and two co-defendants drove a 20-year-old man to a pasture in Brazos County owned by Druery's family on October 31, 2002. Druery then forced the man out of the car and shot him repeatedly at close range. Druery took the victim's cash, cell phone, pager and a bag of marijuana and set his body on fire.

Although he was sent to Death Row, he received a stay of execution in April 2016 when the prosecution agreed with his attorneys that he was mentally incompetent and could not understand what he was being punished for. The court did grant the prosecution's request that he could be re-examined at a later time, however, if it appeared that his condition had changed. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Harvey Earvin

Harvey Earvin
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Harvey Earvin. Mug Shot

Earvin was convicted of the December 1976 robbery and slaying of Ertis Brock, 75, a Lufkin service station worker. Court records indicate that Earvin was wearing an Afro-type wig and a cosmetic mustache when he went to the rear of a filling station with his 15-year-old girlfriend with the intention of robbing Brock. Armed with a 20-gauge shotgun, Earvin ordered Brock to stop as the man was carrying bags of the day's cash to his car. He then shot Brock in the chest when Brock reached into his back pocket. Earvin later laughed and joked about the murder with friends and cellmates.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Gerald Eldridge

Gerald Eldridge
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Gerald Eldridge. Mug Shot

Eldridge was convicted of shooting Cynthia Bogany to death in January 1993. Bogany was his former girlfriend. Eldridge broke into her apartment and shot her 9-year-old daughter, Chirrisa, as she slept on the couch. After chasing Cynthia's boyfriend from the apartment and shooting him, he returned to the living room and shot his own 7-year-old son in the shoulder. He then chased Cynthia down a stairwell outside the apartment and shot her to death as she begged for her life. Eldridge appealed his death sentence on grounds that he was mentally ill, but the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in August 2016 that he was faking his condition. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Joel Escobedo

Joel Escobedo
Texas Death Row Texas Death Row Inmate Joel Escobedo. Mug Shot

Joel Escobedo pistol-whipped then fatally shot a man during a robbery at a bus stop in Houston on May 31, 1998. He wanted drug money, and he had previously served nine months for possession of a controlled substance. He's been on Death Row since May 1999. He has claimed that he is "mentally retarded" in an effort to avoid execution. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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Irving Allen Davis

On June 4, 2001, Davis followed a 16-year-old girl from a party in El Paso to an elementary school yard where he choked her with an unknown ligature and hit her in the head with an unknown object, killing her. Davis also sexually assaulted the victim. He was 18 at the time and he said that he'd raped and killed her because she had rejected him after initially consenting to intercourse. He appealed his death sentence in 2010 on the basis that the jury should not have been informed that he was a satanist, but his appeal was denied and he's still on death row.  

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Douglas Armstrong

Armstrong cut the throat of man with a box cutter outside a bar in Hidalgo County on April 21, 2006. He then robbed the victim of an unknown amount of money and was arrested a short time later. He appealed his conviction in 2010, but it was upheld. The state of Alabama then came forward seven years later in 2013 while Armstrong was on Death Row. Alabama also charged him with the murder of a woman there 10 years before.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

 

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Anthony Bartee

Bartee fatally shot 37-year-old David Cook on August 15, 1996 in San Antonio. Bartee then took Cook's motorcycle and fled the scene. Cook suffered multiple gunshots to the neck and two shots to the back of the head, then Bartee knifed him in the back and cut his throat as well. Investigators said that Bartee tried to hire someone to kill Cook the night before he was murdered. He also told people that Cook's motorcycle was his. During police interviews, Bartee said he was working in Cook's garage and fled in fear on Cook's motorcycle after hearing gun shots. He was on parole for two counts of aggravated rape when he committed the murder. He was scheduled to die by lethal injection in 2012, but he received a stay – his second. He remains on Death Row. 

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice