HOUSTON — (01-31-19) — A Texas man convicted of shooting and killing a Houston police officer in 1988 during a botched armed robbery at Mr. Peeps Adult Bookstore, was executed Wednesday, officials said.
The convict, Robert Jennings, 61, was pronounced dead at 6:33 p.m., 18 minutes after receiving a lethal injection and nearly 30 years after the fatal shooting of 24-year-old police officer Elston Howard.
In a final statement to his family and friends, Jennings last words were “it was a nice journey.”
Jennings, a convicted robber, had only been on parole for two months when prosecutors say he entered Mr. Peeps Adult Store with the intention of robbing the brick and mortar adult store.
Prosecutors also said that Robert Jennings had robbed Mr. Peeps Adult store 12 days.
Unbeknownst to Jennings, officer Howard was in the process of arresting the adult store clerk on charges of operating a porn video arcade without a permit.
Jennings shot officer Howard twice in the head. Officer Howard staggered for a few feet before falling to the ground, where he was shot two more times by Jennings.
The Mr. Peeps adult store clerk testified that the shooting was so quick, Howard never had a chance to unholster his weapon. Jennings was later arrested after going to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.
Jennings accomplice shot him in the hand after becoming angry that Jennings had shot the police officer.
Attorneys for Jennings appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution. They attempted to argue that Jennings’ trial attorneys failed to ask jurors to fully consider all of the evidence in the case including, details of his remorse for officer Howard’s shooting and possible brain damage which might have spared him from the death penalty charge.
When he was arrested, Jennings confessed to the murder and told police he was remorseful about killing officer Howard saying …”I will face whatever punishment I have coming.”
Article by: Andy Powell, Staff Writer
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