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)