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8/26/04

Busby's Last Words Anger Victims' Family

A 28-year-old East Texas man was executed in Huntsville last night.

Jasen Shane Busby was sentenced to die for the murders of two teenage girls almost a decade ago in Cherokee County.

As the minutes ticked by at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Penny Walker and her family waited together back at home in East Texas. Penny's sister Tenille Thompson and cousin Brandy Gray were shot to death by Busby in April 1995.

Busby never offered a clear motive. At one time, he told police the devil made him do it. He also blamed his crime on drugs.

But at 6:09 last night, Busby said in his last statement something Walker says shocked family members who witnessed the execution.

The following is an excerpt: "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."

"The family doesn't believe it," Walker said. "No one will take that. Maybe he needed to put blame toward someone else, not just himself."

Busby's statement still doesn't explain why he killed Thompson and tried to kill Christopher Kelly, who survived.

"I feel angry," Walker said. "I feel like I don't have enough answers. I want to know."

At the same time, Walker says she feels sorry for Busby's family.

"It's really sad to see a family go through that 'cause I've seen it, and I don't wish that upon anybody," she said.

An emotional day for both families and a new mystery Walker says she and her family will try to put behind them in order to move on with their lives.

"We'll never know," Walker said.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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