Texas Executes Rapper Who Cut Studio Owner’s Throat


HOUSTON (March 19, 2014)—The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has secured a new batch of the drugs used to execute death row inmates, but it isn’t saying where it bought the drugs.

The agency also wouldn’t say whether the supplier required anonymity as a condition of the sale.

Major drug makers, many based in Europe, have stopped selling the drugs used in executions because they oppose the death penalty.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has said in past rulings that the department should release specifics about the drugs.

The state’s existing execution drug supply expires at the end of March.


 

HUNTSVILLE (March 19, 2014) Former San Antonio rapper Ray Jasper, 33, received a lethal injection of pentobarbital just after 6 p.m. Wednesday in Huntsville for his role in the 1998 murder of a studio owner and the theft of studio equipment valued at as much as $30,000.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused without comment to halt the execution about 30 minutes before the start of the execution window.

The inmate’s attorneys argued unsuccessfully that a prospective juror was improperly excluded on racial grounds from Jasper’s trial in San Antonio in 2000.

Jasper admitted he cut the throat of David Alejandro in November 1998, but claimed an accomplice was responsible for the victim’s lethal stab wounds.

The two men who were with Jasper at the time of the attack, Steve Russell and Doug Williams, are both serving life sentences.

Authorities say Jasper and one of his two accomplices were carrying concealed knives when they went to Alejandro’s studio on Nov. 29, 1998.

They spent about two hours there as Alejandro recorded their music.

Then Jasper slashed the victim’s throat from ear to ear and held him while one of his accomplices stabbed Alejandro repeatedly in the chest and abdomen, authorities said.

Afterward, authorities say, Jasper used a sheet he brought with him to cover Alejandro, so he would "not have to look at him."

Then he and his two accomplices began loading studio equipment into two vans.

Jasper was later arrested outside of his home.

The execution was the third carried out so far this year in Texas.

Anthony Doyle, 29, is scheduled to die on March 27 for the January 2003 murder of a 37-year-old deliverywoman.

The victim was struck in the head with a baseball bat, and her body was put in a dumpster.


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