Busby Executed For East Texas Murders

Jasen Shane Busby was 19 when he committed a double murder in April 1995.

Inside a trailer home in Cherokee County, authorities found the bodies of Tenille Hamilton, 18, and Brandy Gray, 16. Both had been shot to death. A third person in the trailer, Christopher Kelly, 18, was also shot, but survived.

Kelly led authorities to Busby and later identified him at the trial.

There has never been a clear motive in the case. Investigators say the four teens had been using marijuana in the trailer. Busby told authorities he shot the three because he was high on drugs.

Busby's lawyer did enter an appeal, but this afternoon, we received word the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected it. The execution went on as scheduled in Huntsville.

The media waited in an office across the street from the execution chambers. The victims' family entered the Walls Unit first. A few reporters followed, along with some officials. Busby's family entered the building last. Everyone filed into the execution chambers, with the media entering last.

In the witness area, I was on the inmate's side with a few other reporters, while the rest of the reporters were on the victims' side. A glass window separated us from Busby, who was strapped onto the gurney. Almost immediately after we walked in and the door closed, Busby began his last statement.

He said: "I want to tell everyone in my family thanks for standing by me. I want to tell Mr. and Ms. Gray and everyone that I didn't do what I did to hurt you all. I am sorry that I did what I did. I don't think you know the true reason for doing what I did, but 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... I'm ready. See y'all later."

Then Busby closed his eyes and said, "I can feel it."

Busby, 28, was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.

The interesting part of his last statement was the fact that he claimed it was supposed to be a murder-suicide with Brandy, but yet, he still killed Tenille and tried to kill Chris, who survived.

According to the reporters on the victims' side, the family was quiet and didn't say anything. Busby's mother, younger brother, and friend cried softly. His father and other brother showed less emotion, but were clearly upset. Busby's mother and younger brother sang church hymns loudly, while the lethal injection was given. And the whole family walked out of the chambers quite composed. None of the witnesses on either side had anything to say to the media.

Busby is the 11th person executed this year in Texas.

Julie Tam, reporting.