by Mark R. Execution Watch Editor
Execution Watch: SPECIAL REPORT–Upcoming Texas Executions
TDCJ has been fairly active so far in 2016 with three executions already carried out. And this year could be among the busiest in recent memory, with TEN more scheduled through July.
According to the TDCJ Death Row site, the following executions are scheduled (subject to successful last minute stays):
Date: March 2
Offender: Coy Wayne Wesbrook
Summary of Offense: Murdered Gloria Jean Coons (his ex-wife) and three other men (Antonio Cruz, Anthony Ray Rogers, and Kelly Hazlip). TDCJ states a female at the residence was shot, C&CP Forum states that she also died (Diana Ruth Money). In a tale only Channelview (home of the Pom Pom Mom) could provide, Wesbrook went over to his ex-wife’s residence for an attempted “marital reconciliation”, only to find three men and a female there. He later found her in a threesome, so he did what any heartbroken man would do–go out to his truck, get his hunting rifle, and start shooting everyone.
Date: March 22
Offender: Adam Kelly Ward
Summary of Offense: Murdered Michael “Pee Wee” Walker, a Commerce Code Enforcement Officer, while Officer Walker was taking pictures of code violations outside Ward’s home. The Wards (Adam and father Ralph) had been in a running feud with the City of Commerce over the condition of the Wards’ property–the Wards claiming the City was harassing them unfairly; the City claiming that the Wards’ property resembled something from the TV show Hoarders. The City would later settle with Officer Walker’s father (a first responder who watch his son die in his arms) and children over complaints that Walker was sent into a dangerous situation without adequate backup.
Date: March 30
Offender: John David Battaglia
Summary of Offense: Murdered Faith and Liberty Battaglia (his daughters) over a custody dispute. In one of the most sickening and heartbreaking stories in recent years, Battaglia gets the daughters for a custody visit, then calls their mother on the phone and proceeds to kill them while she overhears everything. The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy has already revoked Battaglia’s CPA license (as a CPA myself this is a stain on our honorable profession).
Date: April 6
Offender: Pablo Lucio Vasquez
Summary of Offense: Along with co-defendant Andy Chapa, murdered Daniel Cardenas (age 12). Although they stole some of Cardenas’ property, the main reason for his murder was so Vasquez could engage in the Satanic ritual of drinking Cardenas’ blood.
Date: April 27
Offender: Robert Lynn Pruett
Summary of Offense: While incarcerated at the McConnell Unit and serving a life sentence for murder with a deadly weapon, Pruett killed TDCJ Correctional Officer Daniel Nagle.
Date: May 11
Offender: Terry Darnell Edwards
Summary of Offense: Going back to a former restaurant where he was employed, Edwards killed the store manager (Tommy Walker) and another employee (Mickell Goodwin) during a robbery.
Date: June 2
Offender: Charles Don Flores
Summary of Offense: Along with co-defendant Richard Lynn Childs, Flores murdered Elizabeth Black (age 64) at her home in Farmers Branch during a robbery. (They didn’t find any money.)
Date: June 21
Offender: Robert Leslie Roberson III
Summary of Offense: Struck and killed Nikki Curtis, his two-year-old daughter. Not only is Roberson an example of the failed prison revolving door (during a 10-year stretch he would be out on parole three times, returned twice for violating parole–the first time with two additional charges, then incarcerated for this crime), evidence showed he molested his daughter as well. (Had he been placed in general population he would likely be dead by now.)
Date: July 14
Offender: Perry Eugene Williams
Summary of Offense: Along with three others, Williams abducted and murdered Matthew Carter, a first-year student at Baylor College of Medicine, while he was returning a video to a Houston video store.
Date: July 27:
Offender: Rolando (a/k/a Roland) Ruiz, Jr.
Summary of Offense: Ruiz was the triggerman in a murder-for-hire plot where he killed Theresa Rodriguez so her husband could collect life insurance proceeds. The tale would be otherwise non-descript (other than he also received a 2-year sentence for assaulting a Bexar County jailer as well), except that her husband (who received a life sentence) was Michael Rodriguez, later to become one of the notorious Texas 7 (and the first of them to be executed).