Update 6:08 p.m. CST: Keith Thurmond’s last minute appeal was denied by the Supreme Court. Execution should be beginning soon.
Texas, the busiest death chamber in the nation, is preparing to carry out its 480th execution since the reinstatement of the death penalty with the execution of 52-year-old Keith Thurmond tonight around 6 p.m. CST.
Thurmond was convicted of the Sept. 25, 2001 shooting of his estranged wife, Sharon Anne Thurmond, and her boyfriend, Guy Sean Fernandez in Magnolia, TX. The Thurmond’s 8-year old son watched as his dad murdered his mother.
Thurmond’s attorney missed a filing deadline, causing Thurmond to lose his federal appeal, the last constitutionally required review before a death sentence may be carried out. Execution Watch will provide live coverage and commentary Wednesday on his execution.