Despite calls for a moratorium on executions and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Edward Green III, 30, was executed last night for the 1992 murder of an elderly Houston couple, reports the Houston Chronicle. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also rejected calls to delay Green’s execution and refused to order a moratorium on executions of Harris County (Houston) inmates until questions about evidence processing at the Houston Police Department’s troubled crime lab are resolved. “There is no doubt about his guilt,” Perry said.
Green apologized to the victims’ families, saying, “I never claimed to be the best person. I’m not the best father, I’m not the best son or the best friend in the world.” The execution, the first of eight scheduled for Harris County killers in the next two months, was the 14th of a Texas inmate this year. The case highlighted the growing unease about the Houston Police Department’s crime laboratory and the reliability of test and evidence processed there. In August, the lab discovered 280 boxes of mislabeled and wrongly stored evidence from 8,000 cases dating back more than a decade. Green’s attorneys cited “serious deficiencies and irregularities plaguing the Houston Police Department and its crime lab,” and argued Green’s death sentence should be stayed until authorities review the evidence to see if any items relate to his case.