Killer of Houston Assistant DA Executed in Texas


Convicted killer Marcus Cotton was executed Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a Houston-area assistant district attorney during a robbery attempt 7 1/2 years ago.

“Well, Mom, sometimes it works out like this,” Cotton said from the death chamber gurney as his mother, who was among the witnesses, watched through a window. “When you are dealing with reality, real is not always what you want it to be.”

Cotton, 29, had been out of prison less than seven months after serving time for attempted murder when he was arrested for gunning down Gil Epstein, 27, a Fort Bend County assistant prosecutor. Epstein, considered a rising star in his office, was shot in 1996 while leaving Houston’s Jewish Community Center after playing basketball.


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