Member Of Notorious “Texas 7” Loses Death Row Appeal

The youngest of the seven Texas prison inmates who escaped and later killed a police officer lost a death row appeal Wednesday.

Randy Halprin (Texas prison photo)

HOUSTON (March 20, 2013)—Randy Halprin, 35, one of the remaining members of the notorious "Texas 7" gang, lost an appeal of his death sentence Wednesday.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday rejected 35 Halprin's 31 claims challenging the validity of his conviction and death sentence.

Halprin is the youngest of the seven inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000.

The inmates were involved in the shooting death of a suburban Dallas police officer weeks later on Christmas Eve.

Halprin and the other gang members were eventually tracked to Colorado where one of the seven killed himself.

The other six were captured.

Two already have been executed.

Halprin was serving 30 years for injury to a child from Tarrant County when he and the others escaped from the Connally Unit prison about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio.


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