Execution Date Set For Texas Inmate Convicted Of Killing Deputies

Randall Wayne Mays (Texas prison photo)

ATHENS (July 14, 2014) An execution date was set Monday for Texas death row inmate Randall Wayne Mays, 54, who was convicted of capital murder after a shootout that left two Henderson County sheriff's deputies dead seven years ago.

State District Judge Carter Tarrance signed an order Monday setting March 18, 2015 as the date for the execution.

Two weeks ago a federal appeals court rejected arguments that the former welder and oilfield worker had deficient legal help during his trial in 2008 and that executing him would be unconstitutionally cruel because he's mentally ill.

Mays was convicted of the slaying of sheriff's Deputy Tony Ogburn.

A second deputy, Paul Habelt, also was killed and a third was wounded.

The shootings occurred after Mays barricaded himself in his house in Payne Springs, about 55 miles southeast of Dallas.