14 years after East Texas man's death, convicted killer Gregory Russeau executed
(KLTV) - Nearly 14 years after he was convicted of beating a Tyler car mechanic to death, a Huntsville inmate was executed Thursday night.
Gregory Russeau died shortly before 7 p.m., minutes after being given lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville.
In a final statement, Russeau said he was at peace, saying, "Yes, I would like to thank my family and friends for what y'all have done for me. Thank you for being here with me that I do not have to transition alone. I have peace. To my daughter, I love you, to my grandbabies, sisters and brothers, I love you. I am ready to go home."
According to Associated Press, the Supreme Court last October refused to review his case, and there were no additional appeals filed in the courts before his execution. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles this week rejected a clemency petition.
Russeau was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in the 2001 death of 75-year-old James Syvertson, whose body was discovered inside his Tyler business.
The jury deliberated for less than an hour before reaching its decision. During the final moments of his 2002 trial, Russeau faced his victim's family. Family members told the convicted killer his life is being taken for the one he took. They, then gave their condolences to his family.
The defendant stood emotionless as district attorneys showed records, which indicated Russeau's was in and out of jail for a decade. Russeau's record includes felony burglary convictions as well as several misdemeanor charges.
Russeau is the ninth inmate to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state.
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