Lawrence Brewer is scheduld for execution by lethal injection Wednesday for his involvement in the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr. on Huff Creek Road in Japser. Guiseppe Barranco/The Enterprise
Louvon Harris, sister of James Byrd Jr., talks to reporters outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit before the scheduled execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Huntsville, Texas. Brewer, 44, one of two purported white supremacists condemned for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., is set for execution Wednesday. Brewer was convicted for his participation in chaining Byrd to the back of a pickup truck, dragging the black man along a rural East Texas road and dumping what was left of his shredded body outside a black church cemetery in 1998.
Family members of Lawrence Russell Brewer, mother Helen Brewer, left, father Lawrence Brewer Sr., center, and brother John, right, leave after witnessing his execution Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Huntsville, Texas. Brewer, 44, one of two purported white supremacists condemned for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., was executed Wednesday. Brewer was convicted for his participation in chaining Byrd to the back of a pickup truck, dragging the black man along a rural East Texas road and dumping what was left of his shredded body outside a black church cemetery in 1998.
James Byrd’d grave in Jasper Texas. Guiseppe Barranco.
Convicted murderer Bill King received the death penalty for the death of James Byrd, Jr. on Thursday at the Jasper County Courthouse. Shown being escorted to his transport to Huntsville, Texas for delivery to Death Row by Sheriff Billy Rowles.
For Garrett Powell’s Eagle Scout project, he led a team of volunteers to clean a portion of Jasper City Cemetery where James Byrd, Jr. is buried.
Murder Victim. He was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas by three white men who were members of the “Confederate Knights-Ku Klux Klan”. James Byrd was walking on the road on Huff Creek Road when the 3 white men pick him up and chained him on the back of the pickup truck. He was then dragged 3 miles until his body was mutilated and left near the gate of Jasper black cemeteries. His murder was reported all over the United States and other countries. Media coverage at the murder trial of the three men, Russell Brewer, John William King, and Shawn Berry, was extensive. All three were convicted of capital murder, with Berry receiving life in prison, and Brewer and King receiving the death penalty. Whitney Dow and Marco Williams made a documentary film “Two Towns of Jasper” which aired on PBS in January 2003. Author Joyce King published the work “Hate Crime: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas” about the case. James Byrd was buried near an old iron fence on the black side of Jasper City Cemetery. That fence, which separated the black and white graves for more than 150 years, was torn down in 1999. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in October 2009.
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Jasper County Assistant District Attorney Pat Hardy displays the chain allegedly used to drag James Byrd Jr. to his death during a break in the trial of Lawrence Russell Brewer Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at the Brazos County Courthouse in Bryan, Texas. The chain was introduced into evidence Thursday. Brewer is the second of three white men charged with capital murder in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. near Jasper, Texas. (AP Photo/Pool, Butch Ireland) Photo: BUTCH IRELAND, POOL
Shawn Allen Berry, center, is escorted from the Jasper County courthouse Monday, Oct. 25, 1999 in Jasper, Texas. Berry, a white man, is charged with capital murder in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a black man. He is charged with the same horrific and racially-charged crime for which his two co-defendants and roommates, John William King and Lawrence Russell Brewer, were sent to death row. Jury selection began Monday in his tria
Let us not forget the victims of hate and bigotry who are senselessly cut down and soon become just another case to file away. Texas today is currently at odds with Marriage equality as well as Military same sex benefits. No one has the right to vote on civil rights. “all men are created equal endowed by their creator.