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4/26/02 - Tyler

Napolean Beazley Sentenced to Die for 3rd Time

Convicted murderer Napoleon Beazley's third execution date was set Friday for the 1994 murder of John Luttig of Tyler.

Earlier this month, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals cleared the way for Beazley's execution when they dismissed 10 allegations Beazley made, concerning his conviction.

The basis for many of the appeals on Beazley's behalf was that he was only 17 at the time of the murder.

The thing that really caught Beazley supporters by surprise was just how soon his execution will be. Judge Cynthia Kent set the execution date for May 28th.

Attorneys said killing Beazley violates international law since he was only 17 when he killed Luttig. His attorneys argued they need more time to convince higher courts of that. Prosecutors countered, saying Beazley has exhausted every appeal, and all courts have upheld the death sentence.

Family and friends cried as Beazley made his apology.

"I just believe that you cannot hold a 17-year-old by the same standards as you do adults," says Rena Beazley. "And I just feel like the state is determining Napoleon's fate today, but tomorrow you don't know who'll determine yours."

The same judge Beazley was before Friday, wrote a letter to the Governor on his behalf, trying to get his sentence commuted to life. Friday in court, prior to setting his execution date, she talked about her efforts and why she sent the letter.

"It is not that this court is some weak-kneed judge," says Judge Kent. "The letter to the Governor was based on principal objection."

Beazley's lawyers will ask the Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute the death sentence to life. Last year, the board decided 10 to 6 against commuting Beazley's sentence.

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