For the first time in almost a year the state of Texas carried out an execution. On Wednesday, May 19, 2021 41-year-old Quintin Jones was executed by the state of Texas for murdering his 83-year-old great grandaunt.
In September 1999 Quintin went to his great grandaunt Berthena Bryant’s house asking for money to buy drugs. She refused his request and was subsequently beaten to death by Quintin with a baseball bat. He has been on death row after been given the death sentence in 2001.
In 2020 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued stays of execution as a result of Covid 19. By this time his relatives had already forgiven him of this gruesome act and petitioned the authority on his behalf to change his sentence to life in prison. The plea was rejected by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Michael Mowla his lawyer ascribed the decision to race after which a civil rights law suit was filed against the parole board. U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. dismissed the complaint.
Jones received the lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at exactly 6.40 pm on Wednesday, May 19, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).