Texas Executes Death Row Inmate For 1990 R@pe & Homicide

2404621_GBy Victor Trammell

On yesterday evening, the state of Texas executed a man who was convicted of a 1990 home invasion that left a man dead and a woman r@ped.

Rickey Lynn Lewis, (pictured) 50, was executed by lethal injection for the killing of 45-year-old George Newman and the r@pe of Connie Hilton, Newman’s fiancée at the time of the crime. Lewis was a repeat felon before he was arrested for the 1990 home invasion. He had been in and out of prison for felonies seven times from 1983 to 1990.

The crime occurred in Smith County, a rural region 90 miles east of Dallas, Texas. In the moments before his execution, Lewis was talkative. He denied killing Newman but admitted to the r@pe of Hilton. “If I hadn’t raped you, you wouldn’t have lived,” Lewis told Hilton, 63, who was present at his execution. Lewis continued his denial saying:

I didn’t kill Mr. Newman and I didn’t rob your house. I was just there. … I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through. It wasn’t me that harmed and stole all of your stuff. When I saw you in the truck driving away, I could have killed you, but I didn’t. I’m not a killer.” (The Associated Press)

Lewis also acknowledged that two people were responsible for Newman’s killing and that they were still alive. He wouldn’t give the names of the alleged assailants. Lewis was pronounced dead 14 minutes after the single lethal death of  pentobarbital was given to him.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week refused to review Lewis’ case and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted against a clemency request. No last-day appeals were filed by his attorneys to try to halt the execution, the second this year in Texas. (The Associated Press)

 

 

 

 

13 Responses to Texas Executes Death Row Inmate For 1990 R@pe & Homicide

  1. Why does it take so long this should have been done by 2001 no later.

    Lewis also acknowledged that two people were responsible for Newman’s killing and that they were still alive. He wouldn’t give the names of the alleged assailants. Yea right.

  2. It is a shame when one person has to be put to death for murder and another gets to live for doing the same thing and in most cases even worse murders. It seems plea bargain is the way for murderers to go in some courts.

  3. If that was my wife or sister i would want him to die rape is something a man does not have to do it’s not because he’s black or white if you rape you should die.

  4. good riddance

  5. Bye-Bye.

  6. This man was a repeat criminal and death was the only way to stop him. My only question is, why did it take so long to execute him…..

  7. The prisoner has a right to appeal his or her convictions, this is American jurisprudence. The death penalty is actually counterproductive, because it has proven not to be a deterrent to crime, nor has it reduced the rate of recidivism of criminals.It it very costly to the tax payer, most costly than housing a prisoner for life. It costs at minimum two-million dollars per execution and it disproportionately affects black and brown and poor people the most. Blacks are 13 percent of the population but 74 percent executed. How many Millionaires are on death row

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