UPDATE: Donnie Roberts has been executed.
In what was Gov. Rick Perry’s 250th execution, Texas carried out a death sentence for 41-year-old Donnie Lee Roberts. Roberts was convicted of the 2003 shooting death of his girlfriend, Vicki Bowen.
Roberts was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine, had violated probation and dropped out of the Louisiana drug treatment program he was in when he committed the crime. According to The Austin Chronicle, he was under the influence of both alcohol and crack when he demanded money from Bowen so he could buy more drugs. When she refused, Roberts shot her and stole several items, including jewelry, a TV and Bowen’s son’s truck.
“I pointed the gun at her and I said, ‘if you’d just give me some money.’ And she said ‘No,’ ” Roberts told officials, according to The Chicago Tribune. “And then I said, ‘Look, it doesn’t have to be this way.’ That’s all I remember saying to her. And the next thing I know, I shot her.”
An Associated Press story on Roberts’ execution reports that he immediately requested the death penalty after being arrested. “I just remember it was very very bad to try to overcome his own mouth from the beginning,” Stephen Taylor, one of Roberts’ trial attorneys, said in the story.
Roberts also confessed to an unsolved murder that took place 12 years earlier, but was never charged in that case.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal for Roberts, declining to review his case.
Roberts became the 488th person killed by the state of Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
In his last statement, Roberts expressed remorse for his crime.