Ronnie Threadgill (Texas prison photo)
HUNTSVILLE (April 16, 2013)—Death row inmate Ronnie Threadgill, 40, was executed Tuesday evening in Huntsville for the 2001 slaying of a teenager during a carjacking outside of a nightclub near Corsicana.
Threadgill expressed love to friends and supporters and said he was "going to a better place."
He was pronounced dead almost 30 minutes later.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Threadgill’s appeal about an hour before the scheduled execution.
His attorneys argued the case deserved review because Threadgill had deficient legal help at his trial in 2002 and in earlier appeals of his conviction and death sentence.
Threadgill was convicted of capital murder in July 2002 for the April 14, 2001 shooting death of Dexter McDonald, 17.
McDonald was shot after he and two other young men left the club and got into a car.
The driver, Christopher Lane, got out to talk to someone, leaving McDonald in the backseat and the third man, Kevin Williams, in the front passenger seat.
Moments later Threadgill ran up and fired twice, authorities said.
The first shot didn’t hit anything, but the second passed through McDonald’s arm and into his chest.
Williams jumped out of the car as Threadgill slid into the driver’s seat and drove the car away, authorities said.
When he stopped at a nearby stop sign, Threadgill got out of the car, pulled McDonald out, and drove off, leaving the dying teen lying on the ground, authorities said.
McDonald was taken to a hospital, but efforts to save him were unsuccessful.
Threadgill was arrested after a chase down Interstate 45 that ended in a crash.
He fled on foot, but was found hiding under a trailer at a truck stop.
The execution was the third this year in Texas.