Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Napoleon Beazley's petition for a stay of execution. Tuesday morning, the Board of Pardons and Paroles will take that petition and vote on whether or not to commute the execution to life in prison.
The quiet Kingpark neighborhood of Tyler, on the night of April 19th 1994 became the scene for a crime with no explanation. John and Bobbie Luttig had just pulled into the driveway of their home, three men followed behind, one of them Napoleon Beazley--a man on a mission.
"When we left looking for a car," Beazley remembers. "We had guns, those guns were loaded." Coming from Grapeland, Beazley and two friends--Cedric and Donald Coleman followed the unsuspecting Luttigs to their homes driveway. With no words exchanged, only shots were fired. The first of four shots fired by Beazley grazing John Luttig's head; knocking him to the ground.
Smith County District Attorney Jack Skeen recreates the scene, "Mr. Luttig as anyone would do in an instinctive manner put his left hand up," He tells. "Beazley fired point blank straight down into Mr. Luttig's head, right through his left palm."
Napoleon, Cedric and Donald then left....abandoning the Mercedes just three blocks away, the Luttig's dogs still inside. Forty eight days later, the Coleman Brothers were found via a crimestoppers tip, they named Beazley as the trigger man.
A high school picture of Beazley wearing Fila tennis shoes matched a bloody print left at the crime scene. Along with a bloody hand print on the Mercedes, Beazley's future was sealed. The Coleman brothers were sentenced to life in prison.
While Napoleon waits on Death Row, he cannot answer why he killed John Luttig. A crime Beazley admits was senseless, "He paid a hell of a price for stupidity," Beazley tells. "For my stupidity, for my mistake and I don't want him to die in vain for that."
Slated for execution Tuesday night, Napoleon Beazley reflects his eight years on death row, "Dying is easy, it's the living that most of us find hard."