A Texan court has declared Richard Masterson guilty on the count of murdering Darin Honeycutt in 2001. The man was sent to death row after pleading innocent, invoking the coroner’s incompetence to establish the victim’s exact cause of death.
Richard Masterson was found guilty on the account of murder by a Texan Court of Law. Even though Masterson’s initially admitted that he murdered Honeycutt, the man soon changed his deportation, arguing that his victim died due to a preexistent heart condition.
According to Masterson’s deportation, the culprit met his victim, Darin Honeycutt, at a local bar. Honeycutt was known to be a transvestite, occasionally dressed in woman’s apparel in order to engage in sexual relations with other men and went by the name of Brandy Houston.
The assailant left with the victim after a few hours in order to engage in consensual sex. This is the point where the assailant’s statements begin to very. At the beginning of the trial, Masterson admitted the fact that he intended to murder Honeycutt that evening, in order to rob him of his possessions.
However, at some point during his trial, his attorneys said that Masterson was not set in killing Honeycutt, but rather agreed to fulfill one of the victim’s sexual fantasies. After arriving at the victim’s home, Masterson at the request of Honeycutt agreed to perform erotic asphyxiation. According to his latest testimony, Masterson began to apply pressure on the victim’s neck but soon realized that something was wrong.
After Honeycutt became unresponsive, Masterson panicked and ransacked his home, making it looked like Honeycutt was murdered by a wanton robber.
A man was sent to death row after pleading innocent. More than once, Masterson, through his attorneys, reiterated the fact that the death certificate issued by Paul Schrode, a medical examiner working for the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, is fake. Moreover, Masterson accuses Schrode of gross incompetence in establishing Honeycutt’s cause of death. The assailant also stated the fact that the doctor has a long history of issuing false scientific testimonies.
According to Paul Schrode, Darin Honeycutt died after Masterson put him in a sleep hold. The assailant’s actions allegedly cut the oxygen supply to Honeycutt’s brain. Masterson and his lawyers refute Schrode’s conclusion, declaring that the victim suffered a heart stroke due to a preexistent condition.
The jury was swift in dismissing Masterson’s facts regarding Schrode’s incompetence, saying that the evidence presented are not enough to prove Masterson’s innocence.
The jury found Masterson guilty of committing homicide and has sentenced him to be executed on Wednesday.
A man was sent to death row after pleading innocent, invoking the incompetence of the medical examiner and changing his testimony a couple of times during the trial.