Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:44 am EDT
Anthony Allen Shore's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Fifty-five-year-old Anthony is convicted of murdering 9-year-old Diana Rebollar, 15-year-old Laurie Lee Tremblay, 16-year-old Dana Sanchez, and 21-year-old Maria Del Carmen Estrada, over a period of time from 1986 to 1995, in Harris County, Texas. Anthony has spent the last 13 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Anthony was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. His family moved frequently as a child, which did not allow him to make friends. Around the age of 13, Anthony alleges that his mother began molesting him. A few years later, he began drinking and using marijuana. Around the same time, he also alleges that he had “something” to do with the murder of a homeless man in Florida. Throughout the years, he worked as a wrecker driver, a telephone line installer, and as a general construction worker.
Anthony was married to Gina Worley in 1984, with whom he had two children. The two remained married for several years, before divorcing when Gina discovered he was having extra-marital affairs. Shortly after marring his second wife, 18-year-old Amy Lynch, charges were filed against Anthony, accusing him of molesting his two daughters. Anthony avoided jail by accepting a plea bargain that required him to register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample to the police. Amy divorced Anthony after he attempted to strangle her. Anthony was arrest for cocaine a few years later.
On April 16, 1992, Maria Del Carmen Estrada was kidnapped, raped, and strangled to death by an unknown assailant. Police recovered DNA evidence from under her fingernails, but were unable to find a match in their database. More than ten years later, on October 24, 2003, as police were re-running DNA evidence from cold cases, they received a match for the DNA found under Maria’s fingernails. Her assailant was identified as Anthony Shore.
Police arrested Shore, who voluntarily confessed to the crime. Shore described in detail, how he offered Maria a ride in his vehicle, used a pair of shears to aid in his attempt to rape her, and ultimately, strangle her. Shore also confessed to strangling three other females - 9-year-old Diana Rebollar, 15-year-old Laurie Lee Tremblay, 16-year-old Dana Sanchez - two of whom he sexually assaulted. He also confessed to sexually assaulting one other unnamed female teenager, whom he did not kill.
During his trial for the rape and murder of Maria, several women, including wives, sisters, daughters, and ex-girlfriends, testified against Shore. They testified to his tendency towards strangulation and molestation, as well as violence. Shore requested the death penalty during his trial. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Maria in November of 2004.
Anthony Shore was scheduled to be executed on October 18, 2017, however his execution was stayed by District Court Judge Maria Jackson. Judge Jackson issued the temporary stay of execution in order to allow time to investigate claims that another Texas death row inmate, Larry Swearingen, attempted to persuade Anthony to confess to the crime for which Larry has been sentenced to death. Larry, who was scheduled to be executed in November 2017, also received a stay of execution (read more about Larry and his case here).
Please pray for the families of Diana Rebollar, Laurie Lee Tremblay, Dana Sanchez, Maria Del Carmen Estrada, and anyone else who may have been harmed by Anthony Shore. Please pray for strength for the family of Anthony. Please pray that if Anthony is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Anthony may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.