Two men were executed last night

James Byrd Jr.

This post is about the other one – Lawrence Brewer.

You probably remember this story:

James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) was an African-American who was murdered by three white men in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Brewer, and John King dragged Byrd behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt pavement after they wrapped a heavy logging chain around his ankles. Byrd was pulled along for about two miles as the truck swerved from side to side.

Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert severing his right arm and head. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery in Jasper.


Brewer was a white supremacist who, prior to Byrd’s murder, had served a prison sentence for drug possession and burglary. He was paroled in 1991. After violating his parole conditions in 1994, Brewer was returned to prison. According to his court testimony, he joined a white supremacist gang with King in prison in order to safeguard himself from other inmates. Brewer and King became friends in the Beto Unit prison. A psychiatrist testified that Brewer did not appear repentant for his crimes. Brewer was ultimately convicted and sentenced to death.


Brewer was executed in the Huntsville Unit on September 21, 2011. The day before his execution, Brewer told KHOU 11 News in Houston: “As far as any regrets, no, I have no regrets. No, I’d do it all over again, to tell you the truth.”

I hope you burn in hell you racist piece of shit. You got off easy. They should have dragged your ass behind a truck and then left you for the buzzards.

(Shawn Berry is serving a life sentence and is eligible for parole in 2038. John King is on Texas’ death row waiting for his own appointment with the needle)

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4 Responses to Two men were executed last night

  1. votermom says:

    Some people are monsters.

  2. SYD says:

    Some people are better off dead. And, I dare say, Brewer is one of them.

  3. ralphb says:

    For this one, I can say he deserved it.

  4. Monster from the Id says:

    I won’t miss this one. The reason I have turned against the death penalty is not that I don’t think some sociopaths should be killed, but rather that I have lost faith in the ability of our criminal justice system to determine who is and is not guilty of crimes, capital or not.

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