a man whoAnd his body was buried in his backyard on Wednesday despite an appeal by his lawyers in Texas that he should not be given the death penalty because he had a history of mental illness.
Tracy Beatty, 61, received a lethal injection at the state prison in Huntsville. He was pronounced dead at 6:39 p.m. CST after a lethal dose of pentobarbital was injected through intravenous needles in his wrist. In November 2003, he was condemned for strangling his mother, Carolyn Click, after an argument at her home in East Texas.
Just before the process began, a prison pastor placed his right hand on Beatty’s chest and offered a brief prayer. Then asked by the warden if he had a final statement, Beatty, who had been tied up in the death chamber, began talking to his wife, who was looking out of the window a few feet away from him. Gave.
“I just want to thank…” he said, his voice cracking. “I don’t want to leave you, baby. See you when you get there. I love you.” He gave her a kiss.
Beatty, who had a long white beard and long gray-white hair, also thanked fellow prisoners and named many of them. “I love you, brothers. See you on the other side.”
As the powerful sedative came into effect, BT took two deep breaths, somewhat incomprehensible, and started snoring. Seventeen minutes later the doctor declared him brought dead.
Officials said Beatty buried the body of his 62-year-old mother near her mobile home in the Whitehouse, about 115 miles (180 km) southeast of Dallas, and then spent her money on drugs and alcohol.
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday morning rejected an appeal to stay the executions of BT’s lawyers.
BT had three prior execution dates.
His lawyers argued that Beatty was prevented from obtaining a full examination to determine whether he was intellectually disabled and possibly ineligible for the death penalty. He had requested the prison authorities to allow BT to uncuff during a mental health assessment by experts. Experts argued that having BT uncaught during neurological and other tests was important for evaluating their mental health and making an informed decision about intellectual disability.
In his petition to the Supreme Court, BT’s lawyers said that an expert examining the prisoner determined that he is “apparently psychotic and has a complex paranoid delusional belief system” and that he lives in a “complex delusional world”. where he believes there is a “huge” conspiracy by correctional officers who … ‘torture’ him through a device in his ear so that he can hear their alarming voice.”
Citing safety and liability concerns, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice last year implemented an unofficial policy that would require a court order to allow an inmate to be evicted during an expert evaluation.
Federal judges in East Texas and Houston and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans previously ruled against Beatty’s request for an evaluation of the handcuffs. The federal appeals court called BT’s request a “delay strategy.”
Last week, US District Judge Charles Eskridge in Houston questioned why Beatty’s lawyers had not made any claims related to his mental health during the years of the appeal. The judge said the need for handcuffs during such an assessment is “simple enough, a rational safety concern.”
While the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited the death penalty for individuals with intellectual disabilities, it does not prohibit such punishment for those with serious mental illness, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. , which provides analysis and information. on the death penalty.
In 2019, the Texas Legislature considered, but did not pass, a bill that would have prohibited the death penalty for anyone with serious mental illness.
According to prosecutors, Beatty had an “unstable and belligerent relationship” with his mother. A neighbor, Liana Wilkerson, testified that Klick reported that her BT had assaulted her several times in the past, including once when he had “beat her so badly that he left her dead. ” But Wilkerson said that Klick was still excited to be back with Beatty in October 2003 so they could mend their relationship.
According to testimony from Beatty’s 2004 trial, the mother and son argued daily, and Klick asked her son to move out twice, including just before his murder.
“Many times[Beatty]said that he just wanted to silence her, that he just wanted to strangle her and lock her up,” Wilkerson testified.
Beatty was the fourth inmate this year to be sentenced to death in Texas and the 13th in the United States. The state’s final execution this year is due next week.