Again I am late.
The CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth reports that Donald Newbury received a reprieve on Wednesday, January 25. Newbury was scheduled to die in Texas on die February 1 for his part in the fatal shooting of a Dallas-area police officer. Justice Antonin Scalia granted the reprieve.
Newbury was part of a gang that “engineered the biggest prison escape in Texas history, overpowering workers at a prison in Kenedy, about 60 miles south of San Antonio, in December 2000. They stole the workers’ clothes, broke into the prison armory to get guns and drove away in a prison truck. They robbed two Houston-area stores and then, on Christmas Eve, shot an Irving police officer when he interrupted their robbery of a sporting goods store.”
One of the group – the Texas Seven – Larry James Harper committed suicide when authorities captured the group. The state of Texas executed Michael Anthony Rodriguez in 2008. Newbury, who has expressed remorse at the killing, would have been the second executed.
On Christmas Eve, 2000, police officer Aubrey Hawkins responded to a call concerning a robbery. The group ambushed Officer Hawkins as he did his duty.
I grieve for Aubrey Hawkins and pray for all who mourn his death.
But executing those who killed him will not bring him back, will serve no purpose but revenge, and will further establish the culture of violence.
See you along the Trail.