Death Row

Convicted Killer Of Dallas-Area Cop Set To Die Tomorrow

Apr 8, 2015
Courtesy Texas Department of Criminal Justice

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Kent Sprouse acknowledged almost immediately after he was apprehended that he fatally shot a police officer and another man outside a Dallas-area gas station convenience store.

The 42-year-old Sprouse now is facing lethal injection Thursday evening more than a decade after Ferris Police Officer Marty Steinfeldt and a store customer, Pedro Moreno, were gunned down about 20 miles south of Dallas.

Attorneys have filed no late appeals to try to block Sprouse’s punishment. The Boone County, Missouri, native would be the fifth Texas inmate executed this year. Courts turned aside earlier appeals contending Sprouse was mentally ill and should be spared from execution.

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SAN DIEGO — A leading association for U.S. pharmacists adopted a policy Monday that discourages its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections — a move that could make carrying out such executions even harder for states with the death penalty.

The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting held in San Diego this year says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers.

HOUSTON — Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month in the nation’s most active death penalty state can be carried out, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned away an appeal Monday from a convicted killer who has spent more than 30 years on death row in Texas.

The justices rejected the appeal from Lester Bower of Arlington, Texas. Bower is facing execution next Feb. 10 for the fatal shootings of four people at an airplane hangar on a North Texas ranch in 1983.

Bower’s appeal raised several issues, including his claim that other people were responsible for the deaths. He also contends that executing him now after he has been held for so long on death row would be unconstitutionally cruel.

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HUNTSVILLE — Already a three-time felon with a violent history when locked up, convicted robber Donald Newbury was serving a 99-year prison term when he joined six fellow convicts in Texas’ biggest prison break ever.