Erick Davila, who killed a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in Fort Worth a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening after the Supreme Court rejected his final appeal.
Erick Davila, who killed a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in Fort Worth a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening in Texas, the Associated Press reports. Davila received lethal injection for using a laser-sighted semi-automatic rifle to spray bullets at about 20 people, more than a dozen of them children. Annette Stevenson, 48, and her granddaughter, Queshawn Stevenson, were killed and four others were wounded, including the girl celebrating her 9th birthday. Davila, 31, offered no apologies. He was the ninth prisoner executed in the U.S. this year, five of them in Texas.
Authorities said the April 6, 2008, attack was in apparent retaliation for a previous run-in Davila had with the slain girl’s father, who was attending the party. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Davila’s lawyers about 30 minutes before the punishment was carried out. Prosecutors withheld information that Davila was so high on drugs during the shooting that he was “likely intoxicated to the degree that it would have rendered him temporarily insane,” lawyer Seth Kretzer told the high court in a filing. He argued that could have influenced jurors to decide on a lesser penalty, and questioned the constitutionality of how Texas juries decide death sentences.