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Evidence at Sonnier's trial showed that Sonnier had been stalking Flowers for several months. He had peeped into her bedroom, made suggestive comments to her and her teenage niece, and had slipped into her apartment and hid in her closet at least twice.
A jury convicted Sonnier of capital murder in February 1993 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence in November 1995. All of his subsequent appeals in state and federal court were denied.
Sonnier declined to make a last statement at his execution. He was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m.
By David Carson. Posted on 25 July 2008.
Sources: Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Attorney General's office, Houston Chronicle, Huntsville Item.