The Associated Press reports that a man who was convicted in the brutal 1979 ice pick slaying of a woman now has a date set for his execution. Danny Bible, 66, is scheduled to die via lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on June 27. He was convicted in 2003 of murdering a 20-year-old woman nearly 40 years ago.
Inez Deaton, the victim, went to Bible’s home to use his phone. Her body was later found dumped on the bank of a bayou, stabbed 11 times. Her murder was unsolved for almost 20 years before Bible was arrested in Ft. Myers, Florida for a rape that occurred in Louisiana.
After his arrest, Bible admitted to police that he killed Deaton in Houston and another woman and her baby in Fort Worth, Texas. According to police records, he has confessed to a total of four murders.
Bible raped and murdered Pam Hudgins in 1983. He pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but was released on parole in 1992.
In 2003, Bible was convicted of capital murder and received the death penalty.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied Bible’s death row appeal in 2016 with no comment. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals also rejected his appeal of his death sentence. The circuit court stated in its ruling that Bible “lived a life of extreme violence” while on parole and would not consider lessening his sentence.
Bible’s attorney told the San Antonio Express-News that the scheduling of the lethal injection was no surprise today, but that it was still unfortunate because Bible can’t get out of his wheelchair and thus poses no real risks.
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