Breakthrough Web Design - 641-201-1459 - Build Your Online Presence
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the North Iowa Region
• Founded 2010

Texas man executed for dragging death of black man


This news story was published on April 25, 2019.
Advertise on NIT Subscribe to NIT

HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS – A Texas man was executed today for the dragging death of a black man almost 18 years ago.

On June 7, 1998, during the nighttime hours, 23-year-old John William King and co-defendants, Lawrence Brewer and Shawn Allen Berry, murdered James Byrd Jr., a 49-year old black male, by dragging the victim behind their 1982 gray Ford pickup truck, located on Huff Creek Road, in Jasper, Texas. The subject and the co-defendants picked the victim up while he was hitchhiking in Jasper.

King was executed Thursday, April 25, 2019. Lethal injection consists of single drug protocol of Pentobarbital.

King offered no oral statement, but left a written statement, which read, “Capital Punishment: Them without the capital get the punishment.”

King, John William

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 characters available

11 Responses to Texas man executed for dragging death of black man

  1. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2019 at 8:20 am

    The death penalty is justified!! Should have been carried years ago.

  2. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2019 at 7:37 am

    letting the state kill people seems alot more deranged than vigil ante justice. we gove the government to much control over people. privately owned prisons are scary. its sorta like giving a private citizen a cage full of victims and profit, its wrong.

  3. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2019 at 7:32 am

    well, nobody ever asks this question, was it random or did he know the guy and maybe had good personal reasons for dragging him to death, black males usually are guilty of one horrible thing or another, look at their incarceration rates and life expectancy, not good people at all.

  4. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2019 at 7:30 am

    quinn is a nazi scum bag that hates free speech.

  5. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    What happened to the other four posts?

  6. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    One guy is service a life sentence and the other gut was put down back in 2011.

    White supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed Wednesday evening for the infamous dragging death slaying of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas.

    Byrd, 49, was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled whip-like to his death along a bumpy asphalt road in one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history.

    Brewer, 44, was asked if he had any final words, to which he replied: “No. I have no final statement.”

    A single tear hung on the edge of his right eye.

  7. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    what happened to the other 2 involved?