Coy Wesbrook, 58, is set to be put to death by lethal injection at
6 p.m. local time at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. If the
execution goes ahead, it would be the 535th in Texas since the U.S.
Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any
Wesbrook told a court he went to the Houston-area home of his
ex-wife, Gloria Coons, seeking to reconcile. When he arrived he
found other people in the residence and began drinking with them,
court documents showed.
Two men slipped away into his wife's bedroom and when he went in, he
found her having sex with one of them. He then went to his truck to
fetch his gun.
He went back and fatally shot anyone who was still on the premises,
killing his ex-wife, Antonio Cruz, Ruth Money, Anthony Rogers and
He then calmly walked to his truck and waited.
Wesbrook, a former security guard, could be overheard saying "I did
it. I did it. I did what I had to do," neighbors testified.
One man he shot dead was in the yard and the other victims were
found inside. All had been shot at close range and his ex-wife was
shot last, court documents showed.
It took a jury about 90 minutes to sentence him to death.
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Lawyers for Wesbrook have tried unsuccessfully to have the execution
halted arguing his rights have been denied and he is mentally
In an interview with the Houston Chronicle published on Monday,
Wesbrook said he spends his time studying the Bible, reading
religious books and listening to gospel shows on the radio.
He also said he is ready to die.
"I'm looking forward to it," he told the paper.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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