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A jury convicted Herron of capital murder in April 1999 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence in October 2002. All of his subsequent appeals in state and federal court were denied.
Derrick Frazier was also convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. He remains on death row as of this writing.
Betsy Nutt's husband, Jerry, attended Herron's execution. "I just hope this brings some kind of peace to your family," Herron told Mr. Nutt in his final statement. "I wish I could bring them back, but I can't. I hope my death brings peace. Don't hang on to the hate." Herron then express love to his mother, who was also present. The lethal injection was started. Herron was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m.
By David Carson. Posted on 18 May 2006. Edited on 28 August 2006.
Sources: Texas Attorney General's office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Associated Press.