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Busby had previous misdemeanor convictions for burglary of a vehicle and theft.
A jury convicted Busby of capital murder in July 1996 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence in March 1999. All of his subsequent appeals in state and federal court were denied.
"I don't think you know the true reason for doing what I did," Busby said in his final statement. "Brandy and I had a suicide pact, and I just didn't follow through with it. That did not come out in the trial. I am not trying to hurt you by telling you this. I am trying to tell you the truth," he said. He also apologized to his victims' relatives, saying "I am sorry that I did what I did." He also expressed love for his family and thanked them for their support. After Busby said, "See you later," the warden signaled for the lethal injection to start. As the lethal drugs began to flow into his body, Busby remarked, "Here it comes. I can feel it." He then took a couple of breaths and lost consciousness. He was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.
By David Carson. Posted on 26 August 2004. Typographical error corrected on 14 November 2014.
Sources: Texas Attorney General's office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, court documents, Associated Press.