October 13, 1999 |
A man who killed a deputy sheriff intervening in a family dispute in 1987 was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday in a prison in Huntsville, Texas. Alvin Crane, 41, was the 26th person put to death in Texas this year and the 190th since the state resumed capital punishment after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a national ban in 1976. Both figures lead the nation. Crane was executed for killing Ochiltree County Deputy Sheriff Melvin Drum on March 28, 1987, with a shotgun.
July 8, 1998 |
A man fatally shot a mother and daughter in a predawn attack at their home Tuesday, then ambushed a group of law officers searching for him, killing two Border Patrol agents. The slayings of agents Susan Lynn Rodriguez, 28, and Ricardo Guillermo Salinas, 24, brought to four the number of federal Border Patrol agents killed on the job this year. Rodriguez is the first woman Border Patrol agent to die in the line of duty.
January 25, 1994 |
A federal agent testifying Monday in the murder trial of 11 Branch Davidians described how he climbed, wounded, to the roof of the cult compound during a cease-fire Feb. 28 to retrieve the bodies two colleagues slain in the gun battle with the cult. "I said . . . 'We need to go back and get our dead,' " said Gerald Petrilli, who was wounded in the hands and arms.
January 13, 1994 |
In opening statements Wednesday, defense attorneys for surviving members of the Branch Davidian cult argued that federal firearms officials caused the death of their own agents last February by forcibly invading the "peaceful, religious life" of the group near Waco, Tex.
July 15, 1993 |
The Song ' I got a tech-9 now his smokin' ass is mine . . . Comin' quickly up the streets is the punk ass police the first one jumped out and said freeze . I popped him in his knees . ' "Crooked Ass Nigga" from recording "2PACALYPSE NOW" by Tupac Amaru Shakur * Ronald Ray Howard, who was sentenced to death Wednesday by a jury here, says he can still hear the scream of the highway patrolman he gunned down 15 months ago during a routine traffic stop on a dark road near Houston.
March 8, 1993 |
A police officer's 14-year-old son, apparently enraged by being disciplined for a bad grade, opened fire from a house and killed a police officer and wounded three civilians, then later was found dead, police said. The three wounded were listed in serious condition Sunday at two hospitals. Two of the victims were teen-agers and the third was an older brother of one of the youths.