December 26, 2000 |
Seven convicts who escaped from prison two weeks ago have been accused in the slaying of a police officer who was shot as he tried to break up a Christmas Eve robbery at a sporting goods store. Capital murder charges have been filed against all seven, who remained on the loose Monday, officials said. Officer Aubry Hawkins, 29, was gunned down shortly after arriving at Oshman's Sporting Goods in response to a call from a store employee, police said.
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 16, 1993 |
The Austin, Tex., jury that sentenced a Texas teen-ager to death Wednesday for murdering a state trooper rejected his claim that violent rap music caused him to pull the trigger--but the jurors did believe the music influenced his action.