As reported in this local artcle, Texas “executed Tracy Beatty on Wednesday evening for murdering his mother in East Texas in 2003.” Here are some of the backstory:
Beatty, 61, was found guilty of fatally strangling Carolyn Click at the end of a violent and tumultuous relationship. Although his attorneys acknowledge Beatty killed his mother, they contended the crime didn’t qualify for the death penalty.
Lethal drugs were injected into Beatty at 6:22 p.m. Wednesday inside the state’s Huntsville Unit, and he was declared dead 17 minutes later, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice….
Although Beatty gave several versions of what happened in his 62-year-old mother’s death, according to court records, he ultimately told police that he came home drunk, the pair started fighting and he choked her. He said he didn’t realize Click was dead until the next day.
But Beatty was found guilty of capital murder because prosecutors argued he killed his mother during a home burglary, entering without her consent, even though he lived with Click at the time. A neighbor testified that Click had told her the day she was last seen that she had told her son that day to move out after a fight….
Beatty had been released from prison on parole months before Click’s death. Prosecutors at trial listed a slew of his previous criminal charges, including injuring a prison guard and assaulting an 18-month-old child….
Neither the Supreme Court nor Texas Gov. Greg Abbott intervened in Beatty’s execution. It was the state’s fourth execution of the year. Seven others are scheduled in Texas through September.