In Other Capital Punishment News: The Racist Texas Bastard Who Dragged A Black Man To Death In 98 Was Executed Yesterday Too

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Brutality, Did You Know, KKK

Lawrence Russell Brewer Executed For 1998 Dragging Death Of James Byrd Jr.

Did you know…?

White supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed Wednesday evening for the infamous dragging death slaying of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas.

Byrd, 49, was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled whip-like to his death along a bumpy asphalt road in one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history.

Brewer, 44, was asked if he had any final words, to which he replied: “No. I have no final statement.”

A single tear hung on the edge of his right eye.

He was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m., 10 minutes after the lethal drugs began flowing into his arms, both covered with intricate black tattoos.

Brewer’s parents and two of Byrd’s sisters were in attendance.

Appeals to the courts for Brewer were exhausted and no last-day attempts to save his life were filed.

Besides Brewer, John William King, now 36, also was convicted of capital murder and sent to death row for Byrd’s death, which shocked the nation for its brutality. King’s conviction and death sentence remain under appeal. A third man, Shawn Berry, 36, received a life prison term.

“One down and one to go,” Billy Rowles, the retired Jasper County sheriff who first investigated the horrific scene, said. “That’s kind of cruel but that’s reality.”

In case you don’t remember the details of how James Bird Jr. was killed…

It was about 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday, June 7, 1998, when witnesses saw Byrd walking on a road not far from his home in Jasper, a town of more than 7,000 about 125 miles northeast of Houston. Many folks knew he lived off disability checks, couldn’t afford his own car and walked where he needed to go. Another witness then saw him riding in the bed of a dark pickup.

Six hours later and some 10 miles away on Huff Creek Road, the bloody mess found after daybreak was thought at first to be animal road kill. Rowles, a former Texas state trooper who had taken office as sheriff the previous year, believed it was a hit-and-run fatality but evidence didn’t match up with someone caught beneath a vehicle. Body parts were scattered and the blood trail began with footprints at what appeared to be the scene of a scuffle.

“I didn’t go down that road too far before I knew this was going to be a bad deal,” he said at Brewer’s trial.
Fingerprints taken from the headless torso identified the victim as Byrd.

Testimony showed the three men and Byrd drove out into the county about 10 miles and stopped along an isolated logging road. A fight broke out and the outnumbered Byrd was tied to the truck bumper with a 24½-foot logging chain. Three miles later, what was left of his shredded remains was dumped between a black church and cemetery where the pavement ended on the remote road.

See… and cases like this are why some people find it difficult to be 100% the death penalty. Then again, maybe being executed is too good for these bastards. Maybe they needed to live long, miserable lives in prison…



  • myopinion

    I don’t think he should have been executed either. With our justice system relying on juries, their will always be room for error. I don’t believe in the death penality because you can’t fix it when their is a mistake made. Once a person is dead, you can’t bring them back to life and you can’t ever get a conviction on the guilty party because their would now be too much doubt to sustain a conviction. Also, what is really the purpose of it? Studies show that it is not reduce the rate of these types of crimes. Some people say it is about closure. My family had to suffer through the murder of my uncle. He received life in prison and we are okay with that.

  • jamie

    THANK GOD & GOOD RIDDANCE! This bastard’s execution was not only rightful justice for Byrd & his family, but for all Black victims of hate crimes & for all Black people in America (like myself). If I had it my way, I’d take every White supremacist in the world, chain them up to a pick-up truck, & drag them to their deaths just like these bastards did to this innocent Black man. Like the sheriff said, ‘one down & one to go’; I think it should be ‘one down & TWO to go’. The only good White supremacist is a DEAD White supremacist.

  • Steelcitychick

    @ meme and myopinion…..let it be one of your kin folks getting murdered in such a way, I bet ya’ll be singin a different tune…oh by the way…there was no doubt in this case……Mr. Byrds DNA was found on all three of the defendents….I think there was no doubt about who they executed!


    There is No Doubt that this man took part in killing Mr. James Byrd, but still there is no need for this man to die why because he’s probly poor White probly has no more than a high school education if that. Still the same as most Blacks and Latinos in the system still no need to kill him let him live out the rest of his life suffering behind slamming bars. Just like MLK’s killer James Earl Ray spent the rest his life thinking about Dr.King.

  • Meme

    @steelcitychick I have never believed in the death penalty and I never will. If god forbid something like this happens to my family member I would be angry yes. But I would not want death for the killer. Life in prison is justice enough for me. I don’t have to see someone die to get satisfaction Like someone said the death penalty is not about closure, it’s about revenge. If that were my family member I don’t want revenge because at the end of it all that person will still be dead. I don’t doubt that Byrd’s killers are guilty. I know they did it. But killing them solves nothing. I’m not God and I won’t play him. I would never wish death or harm on anyone no matter what. If we want to keep possibly innocent men like Troy Davis from dying we have to fight for a complete Halt on executions , even if they are men like Byrd’s killers . If we want innocent men like Davis to be spared we have to want guilty men spared too. The only way to keep innocent men off death row,….we have to fight for the death penalty to end for all…and that includes killers like this.

  • myopinion

    Actually my uncle was murdered because of a woman not letting him know she had a boyfriend. He received life in prison. Now he has the rest of his life to think about what he did. Putting him to death would not have brought back my grandmother’s only son. I don’t believe in the death penalty for many reasons. Youcan’t go back and fix the mistake if one is made and it doesn’t help ease the pain.You can’t tell me death is a better punishment for this man than life in general population of a prison. He would have suffered everyday for the rest of his life. Do you know what black inmates would have done too him? He would have went to sleep every night in pain for the rest of his life. Now that’s justice!

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