Last meal: Trottie was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Willie Trottie had baked chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, bread, and a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.(per Last Suppers)
Last words: “Find it in your hearts to forgive me. I’m sorry,” he continued. “Jesus take me home.”
*Thug: Willie Tyrone Trottie(age 27 at time of murders)
*Date of execution: 10 September 2014(after 6p.m. Central)
*Date of crime: 3 May 1993
*Victims: Barbara Nell Canada 24, Titus C. Canada 29
*Last meal: TBA, no special requests allowed.
*Last words: TBA
It has been nearly twenty one years since Trottie was sentenced to death by a Harris County jury. That jury issued their sentence only seven months after his double murder.
It is truly unfortunate that it is taking this long for justice to be served. There is no dispute in his guilt, there were numerous witnesses to the crimes and he drove himself to the hospital in one of the victims car for a gun shot wound.
Facts of the case:
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit described the murders of Barbara and Titus Canada as follows:
Trottie and Barbara Canada met and began dating in about 1989. Shortly thereafter, the two moved in together and had a child. In September 1992, the couple separated and Barbara moved in with her family.
Trottie’s behavior towards Barbara became increasingly violent following their 1992 separation. According to state witnesses that testified at Trottie’s trial, Trottie warned Barbara that he would kill her if she did not return to him and repeated the threat several times in the months after she moved out. Barbara’s close friend testified that Trottie called Barbara “constantly” at home and at work, begging her to come back to him. Trottie hit Barbara, bumped Barbara’s car with his own while it was traveling at sixty to sixty-five miles per hour, and once kidnapped her, releasing her only after she promised to reunite with him.
Barbara obtained a protective order against Trottie in March 1993. Nevertheless, state witnesses testified that Trottie telephoned Barbara in April and told her that she had until May 1, 1993 to return to him, or else he would kill her. On May 3, 1993, Trottie called Barbara again and told her that “he wasn’t going to wait around anymore” and again threatened to kill her. One witness testified that Trottie also threatened Barbara’s brother Titus Canada because, according to Trottie, he had gotten “in the way.”
Trottie arrived at the Canada residence at approximately 11 p.m. on the night of May 3, 1993, armed with a semiautomatic 9mm pistol. At the time, there were five children under the age of seven in the house, along with numerous other family members. According to state witnesses, Trottie opened fire immediately, wounding Barbara’s mother, sister, and brother. Barbara’s brother returned fire with a .380 caliber pistol and shot Trottie numerous times. Though wounded, Trottie cornered Barbara in a bedroom and, while she lay on the ground, shot her eleven times. Trottie then returned to the area where Barbara’s brother was lying wounded and, in the view of at least two small children, fired two shots into the back of Barbara’s brother’s head, killing him. Trottie left the Canada home and was arrested a short time later in the emergency room of a nearby hospital.
As to why it has taken so long for justice in this case, every legal tactic to keep this creature alive has been taken.
On May 3, 1993, Trottie was indicted in the 262nd Judicial District Court of Harris County for the capital offense of murdering Barbara and Titus Canada during the same criminal transaction. After Trottie pleaded not guilty, a jury found him guilty of the capital offense. Following a separate punishment hearing, the court assessed Trottie’s punishment at death.
On Sept. 20, 1995, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Trottie’s conviction and sentence in an unpublished opinion.
On Aug. 18, 1997, Trottie filed a state application for writ of habeas corpus in the trial court.
On July 10, 2008, the trial court submitted findings of fact and conclusions of law recommending that Trottie be denied relief.
On Feb. 11, 2009, the Court of Criminal Appeals adopted the trial court’s findings and conclusions and denied Trottie habeas relief.
On March 4, 2010, Trottie filed a federal habeas petition in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
On Sept. 30, 2011, the federal district court denied Trottie’s petition, and denied him permission to appeal.
Trottie sought permission to appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On June 14, 2013, the Fifth Circuit denied Trottie’s request.
On Nov. 13, 2013, Trottie filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court denied certiorari review on March 24, 2014.
On September 8, 2014, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals DENIED Trottie’s motion for a COA on a 60(b) motion.
I haven’t checked as of this writing if his legal team has filed an appeal with the Supremes, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they have/do.
Hopefully all his attempts at staying alive are exhausted and he will face his long overdue justice.
For the Canada family, I can only hope all of them(especially those who were children witnesses) have lived well since this horrible crime and that Trottie’s execution will bring them a measure of closure.