March 28, 2019


On Eve of Execution, Inmate Fights for Buddhist Priest (CAMERON LANGFORD, 3/27/19, CN)

A Texas death-row inmate who believes chanting prayers with his Buddhist priest as he is executed will help him be reborn in the "Pure Land" has asked the Fifth Circuit for a stay because Texas will not let the priest accompany him in the execution room.

Patrick Henry Murphy, Jr., 57, was serving a 50-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault in December 2000, when he and six other inmates escaped from a prison in Kenedy, Texas.

Now known as the "Texas Seven," some of the men held up a sporting goods store in Irving, Texas on Dec. 24, 2000.

Irving policeman Aubrey Hawkins pulled up to the store and was met with a hail of gunfire. The escaped convicts shot him 11 times, and then ran over his lifeless body as they fled with 44 stolen guns.

Six of the seven inmates were apprehended the following month after a friend of the owner of an RV park in Colorado saw a spot about them on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" and told the owner he believed the men were staying on the property. 

One of the men shot himself as police moved in. In 2003, a jury convicted Murphy of capital murder for Hawkins' death and he was sentenced to death.

Murphy became an adherent of Pure Land Buddhism a decade ago, according to a lawsuit and motion to stay his execution filed Tuesday in Houston federal court.

You're already executing the guy, where's the harm in allowing him to die practicing his phoney-baloney faith?

Posted by at March 28, 2019 12:04 AM