January 31, 2014
Ray Jasper III’s execution is scheduled for 6 pm CST, on Thursday, March 19, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-three-year-old Ray has been convicted of murdering 33-year-old David Alejandro in his music recording studio in San Antonio, Texas. Ray has spent the last 14 on Texas’ death row.
Ray dropped out of school during the 8th grade, following the death of a friend. At the age of 15, Ray began his criminal life with actions such as stealing a bicycle, possession of drugs, attempted burglary, and an incident of violence against an off-duty police officer.
On November 29, 1998, rapper Ray Jasper and friends Steve Russell and Doug Williams, went to a recording studio owned by David Alejandro to record some music. The trio had decided to kill David and steal some of the recording equipment to sell it for cash. Jasper and one of his friends carried concealed knives. After recording music for approximately two hours, it was decided that it was time to kill David. Jasper approached David from behind and cut his throat from ear to ear, but the injury was not fatal. Jasper and one of the accomplices continued to stab David until he died. David was stabbed approximately 25 times. Then David’s body was covered with sheet as the trio loaded the equipment into the vans they had brought. Jasper fled the scene when an armed police officer approached. He was apprehended days later outside of his house.
Jasper confessed to police on December 2, 1998. Jasper admitted to planning the robbery/murder and to recruiting the two accomplices. He described what happened in detail, which was later corroborated by his girlfriend, police officers, security guards, and physical evidence. Although Jasper admits to cutting David’s throat, he denies killing him.
Jasper convicted by a jury and given a death sentence. Jasper’s two accomplices, Steve and Doug, each received a life sentence.
Please pray for peace for the family of David Alejandro. Please pray for strength for the family Ray Jasper. Please pray that Jasper may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.