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Thanks to a commenter on the last active post on Texas Death Row inmate Hank Skinner, I’ve just learned that Skinner has a new execution date: November 9, 2011 (post edited to reflect that the new execution date is November 9 and not the 11th).
Skinner was initially slated for execution on 3/24/10, but his execution was blocked by the SCOTUS pending new DNA tests. As I wrote then to his death row groupies and fangirls:
…if the DNA tests that Skinner is requesting are run and he’s found not guilty, I’ll donate $100 to the ACLU or some other anti-DP cause. If he’s still guilty, you each donate $25 to the charity of my choice. Deal?
I guess ya’ll owe me $25 each then…
If the date stands, I’ll most likely try to make it to Huntsville to support the victim’s (Twila Busby and her two mentally-retarded sons, whom Skinner murdered on New Year’s Eve in 1993) family and to show support for the execution of the laws of our state.
Anyhow — if you are unfamiliar with the crimes of Skinner, here’s a brief summary:
Shortly before midnight on December 31, 1993, Twila Busby was strangled and bludgeoned to death and her sons, 20-year-old Randy Busby and 22-year-old Elwin Scooter Caler, were stabbed to death in the home they shared with Hank Skinner in Pampa, Texas.
At midnight, a Pampa police officer was dispatched to investigate a stabbing at an address located across the alley from Twila’s residence. He arrived to find Elwin, in blood-stained underwear, sitting on the porch of a neighbor’s house with stab wounds. Elwin was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
Investigating Elwin’s stabbing, police went to Twila’s home and found Twila dead on the living room floor near the family’s Christmas tree. She had been strangled and beaten on the head with a blunt object at least fourteen times. A bloodstained axe handle leaned against the couch near Twila’s body while a plastic trash bag containing a knife and bloody towel lay nearby.
Police found Randy stabbed to death in the bedroom he shared with his brother. Police also found Skinner’s bloody hand prints in the house.
Around midnight, roughly the same time officers found Elwin, Skinner arrived at the home of his former girlfriend in blood-soaked shirt and pants. He explained he had been stabbed and shot. Skinner removed his shirt, but the ex-girlfriend found no injuries except for a cut on the palm of his hand, which she bandaged for him.
Over the next three hours, Skinner made many inconsistent statements about the causes of his injury and the course of events. The ex-girlfriend tried to call police, but Skinner threatened to kill her and her children if she did. Skinner also refused to let Reed call Twila to see if everything was alright. Skinner eventually offered to tell Reed what really had happened if she would promise not to tell anyone; she promised, and Skinner told her he thought he had kicked Twila to death.
Suspecting Skinner in the triple-murder, police sought and found him at 3 a.m. at his ex-girlfriend’s house standing in a closet wearing heavily blood-stained jeans and socks, and bearing a gash on the palm of his right hand. A toxicology test on Skinner at 5:48 a.m. revealed alcohol and codeine. Skinner was arrested.
DNA testing showed that blood on the shirt Skinner was wearing at the time of his arrest was Twila’s blood, and blood on Skinner’s jeans was a mixture of blood from Elwin and Twila.
I’ve closed the comments to that previous posts, as it now has over 200 comments, and have re-directed readers to this new thread.