Texas Executes Man, 67, for Four 1982 Homicides


Lester Bower Jr., 67, was executed Wednesday evening for killing four men three decades ago, making him the oldest of the 526 Texas prisoners put to death since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982, reports the Associated Press. Bower was convicted of the 1983 fatal shootings at an airplane hangar on a ranch near Sherman. Prosecutors say he killed the four after stealing an airplane he’d been trying to buy from one of his victims.

“Much has been said about this case…Not all of it has been the truth,” Bower, strapped to the death chamber gurney, said. “But the time for discerning truth is over and it’s time to move on.” As the lethal dose of pentobarbital took effect, he snored quietly about six times and then stopped moving. He was pronounced dead 18 minutes later. “Deep in my heart, I know justice has been served,” said Marlene Bushard, wife of one of Bower’s victims. Bower was the first of two executions scheduled for this month in Texas.

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