Texas Prepares For Eighth Execution In 2014

Willie Trottie is set to be executed Sept. 10 even as his attorneys appeal the lethal injection method.

Willie Trottie’s execution scheduled is for 9/10/2014. Photo By TDCJ/Texas Department of Criminal Justice


Willie Trottie will be the eighth person put to death in Texas this year.

The 45-year-old fatally shot his girlfriend and her brother during a heated argument in Houston. He was convicted of two counts of murder in 1993.

“It’s a particularly bad case,” said Roe Wilson, an assistant district attorney in Harris County

“He and his girlfriend actually had broken up. He had threatened her for months and kept telling her he was going to kill her,” Roe said. “And not only did he do it, he managed to kill her brother and other people who were innocently in the house.”  

Trottie’s attorneys have argued in a federal lawsuit that the sedative intended for his lethal injection is expired and its use could cause him “torturous” pain.

State lawyers countered that the sedative is good through the end of this month, and the lawsuit is merely another attempt to force the state to reveal its drug provider.

Texas, like several other states, has turned to unidentified compounding pharmacies to purchase execution drugs. Courts have previously upheld the secret method. 


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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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