Security Tight At Local Courthouse As Convicted Killer’s Execution Date Set

Security was tight Monday inside and outside of the McLennan County Courthouse. (Photo by Kyle Muscarello)
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WACO (February 4, 2013)—Security was tight Monday morning inside and outside of the McLennan County Courthouse as an execution date was set for convicted killer Carroll Joe Parr, 35, who was sentenced to death nearly nine years ago for a shooting during a drug deal that left one teenager dead and a second injured.

State District Judge Matt Johnson set a May 7 execution date for Parr, whose appeals have been completed.

As he was led from the courtroom after the date was set, he yelled, “Death is a prize.”

Members of his family were crying and some called out words of encouragement to him.

Parr was sentenced to die for the Jan. 11, 2003 shooting outside of a North Waco convenience store that left Joel Dominguez, 18, dead and Mario Chavez, then 18, injured.

Parr and Earl Whiteside were accused of approaching the two teenagers outside of the store, pointing guns at them and ordering them to get out of their car.

They forced the two victims to the side of the building and demanded money, authorities said.

The two teenagers handed over their wallets and then were shot after one of the victims told Parr they didn’t have any more money.

Parr was convicted of capital murder on May 21, 2004 and was sentenced to die five days later.

Whiteside entered a guilty plea in March 2004.