Time finally ran out in Texas for condemned killer Billy Frank Vickers, but the career criminal went to his death by leaving behind an unexpected disclosure that he may have been involved in more than a dozen murders, including one in Fort Worth.
“I would like to clear some things up if I could,” Vickers, 58, said strapped to the Texas death chamber gurney Wednesday night in the moments before he received lethal injection for the slaying of a grocery store owner 11 years ago.
He acknowledged that fatal shooting during a botched robbery, reversing his previous denials.
“One I would like to clear up is Cullen Davis, where he was charged with shooting his wife. He didn’t do that. And all of these it was never nothing personal. It was just something I did to make a living.”
He didn’t elaborate.
In 1976, former millionaire oilman Davis was accused of killing his second wife’s 12-year-old daughter at his Fort Worth mansion. Priscilla Davis, his second wife, who died in 2001 of unrelated causes, was among the wounded. Her boyfriend was killed. Cullen Davis was acquitted of his stepdaughter’s murder and was later acquitted of murder-for-hire charges in a separate case.
Jack Strickland, a former prosecutor who worked on the Davis case, said he had never heard of Vickers and doubted that he was involved in the 1976 shooting.
“For some perverse reason known only to him (Vickers), he once again screwed with the system. I certainly don’t put any stock in it, not the slightest bit,” Strickland said.