Capital punishment is waning in some parts of the U.S., but executions continue in Texas. Timothy Wayne Adams was put to death last night for the 2002 murder of his 19-month old son, reports. the Houston Chronicle. He was the 466th killer to be put to death since the state resumed executions in 1982, and the second this year.
In a witness room, Adams’ former wife Emma Adams wept softy as the killer stopped breathing. Adams, 42, shot his son, Timothy Adams Jr. during a 2½-hour police standoff at his Houston home. Adams’ attorneys contended the shooting came during an emotional crisis prompted by his wife’s decision to leave him. He had no prior criminal record, and exhibited exemplary behavior in his seven years on death row, they said. As the execution date approached, members of his family and church publicly pleaded with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare him. Emma Adams did not join in their call for mercy. The pardons board unanimously rejected the killer’s appeal, as did courts.