Robert Wayne Harris faced his execution Thursday evening. About 12 years before his execution, Harris, 40, confessed to killing five people at a Dallas-area car wash after he was fired from his job at the establishment.
The convicted killer expressed love to his brother and three friends who were watching through a window.
“I’m going home. I’m going home,” he said. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be alright. God bless, and the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers.”
He snored briefly as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, then all breathing stopped. He was pronounced dead at 6:43 p.m., making him the eighth Texas inmate executed in the nation’s most active capital punishment state. Another execution is set for next week.
Harris was convicted of two of the five slayings in March 2000 at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving. He also was charged with abducting and killing a woman months before the killing spree and led police to her remains.
He also didn’t deny the slayings, but his lawyer unsuccessfully contended in appeals he was mentally impaired and should be spared because of a Supreme Court ban on execution of mentally impaired people. Attorney Lydia Brandt also argued prosecutors improperly removed black prospective jurors from serving on his trial jury. Her client is black.
Brandt claims her client died “without ever having had a fair trial” on the issues.”
The convict’s brother asked to leave the death chamber before the procedure was complete. A half-dozen friends and relatives of the victims also were present, watching in another room. Harris never looked at them. Two of them hugged after it was apparent he was dead.