Skip to comments.Convicted killer of two put to death
Posted on 11/15/2012 8:32:52 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
HUNTSVILLE -- Proclaiming his innocence to the end, a 46-year-old Houston man was executed Thursday for the fatal stabbing of a 3-year-old boy and the child's teenage cousin who told police his first name in her dying breaths 24 years ago.
Preston Hughes III, 46, insisted that police planted evidence and coerced his confessions to the September 1988 slayings of Shandra Charles, 15, and her cousin Marcell Taylor.
Hughes' mother and sister were among those witnessing his lethal injection.
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Don’t Mess up in Texas.. NEXT... :)
An express lane. . .
We have to move things along.. there are a lot more.. some since 1978.. NEXT...
This one had the Liberals screaming that he was a victim of circumstances, and that because he was Hispanic.. However, he won a chance to submit to further DNA tests.. The tests are back, and his DNA is everywhere, and not a peep out of the complainers.. LOL
Texas AG: New tests don’t clear death row inmate
The world is a better place.
see ya, bye bye
Sad story for both families.
I don’t know anything about this case besides what’s written here, but should we execute a person just based on a confession? Don’t they have forensic proof?
"Officers found the 3-year-old already dead from a stab wound that passed completely through his neck. Charles was still alive but severely injured with knife wounds in her neck and chest, police said. When an officer asked who was responsible for the attack, she said "Preston" and said he tried to rape her. She died moments later.
Authorities went to the apartments and found Hughes, the only resident with that first name. He was on probation for a conviction of sexual assault on a child and denied any role in the attacks.
Hughes lost multiple appeals and lawsuits in courts to block the execution. Two appeals -- filed by attorney Patrick McCann, whom Hughes unsuccessfully sought to fire -- failed at the U.S. Supreme Court.
McCann also obtained an affidavit from a former medical examiner who questioned whether Charles, after massive blood loss from her stab wounds, could have still been conscious or even alive by the time police arrived to ask her about her attacker.
Ellis McCullough, one of Hughes' trial lawyers, said this week he was convinced that no evidence was planted or mishandled.
He said Hughes, brought to a police station for interviews in the early morning after the slayings, made phone calls to acquaintances that "were pretty devastating taken as a whole."
DNA testing after his conviction and at his request showed traces of Charles' blood on Hughes' clothing. At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that her glasses were found on a couch in his apartment."
Yep, he was clearly framed.
Fry him. Or rather, deep fry him... :)
Good thing he's gone, but he lived on the government for years in prison.
Buh Bye cretin
Preston must have been quite dimwitted - he didn’t play the race card.