The Crime of James David Autry

autryjames2I recently discovered the database of executed Texas death row inmates, complete with final words and often photos! Among them is James David Autry, executed on March 14, 1984. Included is the description of his crime:

“On April 20, 1980, Autry shot a 43 year old female convenience store clerk between the eyes with a .38 caliber pistol causing her death. Autry had been arguing with the clerk about the price of a six pack of beer. Two witnesses were also shot in the head. One witness was a 43 year old former Roman Catholic priest, who died instantly. The other witness was a Greek seaman who survived the gunshot, with serious injuries.”

Autry declined to make a final statement, but don’t you want to know that priest’s story?


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