Lawrence Russell Brewer, a member of the white supremacist gang the Confederate Knights of America was executed Wednesday evening for the 1998 dragging murder of James Byrd, Jr., a African American from Jasper in East Texas.
Byrd, 49, was chained to the back of a truck and dragged to death across an asphalt road 13 years ago. The hate crime drew international attention for its viciousness.
Brewer's appeals to the courts dissipated, and no last-day attempts to save his life were made.
Brewer, 44, was transferred to the Walls Unit in Huntsville Wednesday for execution for his role in the crime. More PrisonerPal.com True Crime Today Magazine Subscriptions for Prisoners since 1975