On Wednesday, January 11thy, Texas carried out the first execution of the year. 48-year-old Christopher Wilkins received the lethal pentobarbital injection and was pronounced dead 13 minutes after administration, at 6:29 p.m. Before he received the shot he apologized twice to the family members of his victims as they watched through the window.
His capital murder trial was held in 2008 when he explained jurors the motive of his crime and how lightly he took the death penalty. According to court documents and his own statements, the suspect shot 33-year-old Mike Silva and 40-year-old Willie Freeman three years prior to his conviction, after the latter together with an unidentified drug dealer tricked Cristopher Wilkins into purchasing a piece of gravel which he thought was $20 worth of crack cocaine.
Willie Freeman died at the scene on October 28, 2005, because he laughed about the incident. Furthermore, Wilkins said he shot his other victim just because he witnessed the whole event. Moreover, the suspect also revealed that before the killings of Silva and Freeman, he took the life of 47-year-old Gilbert Vallejo outside a bar in Fort Worth, after the men got into a fight over a pay phone. The tragedies the man is responsible for do not end here, though. A week prior to killing Vallejo, Christopher Wilkins told admitted to the authorities he stole a car and attempted to run two people over because he was under the impression one of them had stolen his glasses.
In front of the jurors, Wilkins admitted committing all the crimes he stood accused of and told the people in court that even though he realizes his decisions are bad, to say the least, he carries them out anyway.
Because of his remarkably outspoken personality, Christopher Wilkins’ lawyer believed the jurors will take a liking to him. However, the strategy backfired.
“This guy is the classic outlaw in the model of Billy the Kid, an Old West-style outlaw”, stated the district attorney who prosecuted Wilkins, Kevin Rousseau.
Lat year, Texas carried out twenty death sentences, a record law for the state since 1980. Over the course of 2017, only nine people have been sentenced to death and await their sentence to be carried out as well.
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