Billy Crutsinger, Texas

Update: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:52 pm EDT

Billy Crutsinger has been executed by the state of Texas.  Read more here.

Update: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:21 pm EDT

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to halt Billy's execution.  The start of his execution was delayed to wait upon the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Update: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:11 am EDT

Billy Jack Crutsinger is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Sixty-four-year-old Billy is convicted of murdering 89-year-old Pearl “RD” Magouirk, and her 71-year-old daughter, Patricia “Pat” Syren, on April 6, 2003, in Fort Worth, Texas. Billy has been on death row for the last 15 years.

Billy was born in Texas. He did not graduate high school, dropping out after 11th grade. Billy had previously been arrested and served time for injuring another person. Prior to his arrest, Billy worked as a laborer.

On April 6, 2003, Billy Crutsinger obtained entrance into the home where Patricia Syren lived with her mother Pearl “RD” Magouirka. Crutsinger used the pretense of being there to perform some maintain work to gain entrance. After entering the house, Crutsinger stabbed both women to death and stole several items from the home, including credit cards and Patricia’s Cadillac. The bodies of Patricia and Pearl were discovered two days later.

During the investigation, police discovered that Patricia’s credit card was being used at a bar in Galveston, Texas. With this information, police were able to identify Crutsinger as the suspect. Crutsinger was arrested for failing to identify himself and read his rights.

 

After being arrested, Crutsinger consented to a DNA sample and, eventually, confessed to the robbery and murder of Patricia and Pearl. Crutsinger also told police where additional evidence of the crime could be found.

 

During the trial, his wife and ex-wife testified that Crutsinger had lost his new born daughter, his toddler son to drowning, his teenage son to lymphoma, his brother from illness, his sister during a car accident in which he was driving, and his father was hit by a car.  Since the trial, many of Crutsinger appeals have focused on mitigating evidence that his initial trial attorney allegedly failed to properly investigate.  This includes evidence of alcoholism, and how his personality could change after a single drink, head trauma, depression and low intelligence.  So far, all appeals based on these claims have been rejected.

 

Crutsinger was tried and sentenced to death in October of 2003.

 

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request to halt the execution of Billy Crutsinger. Billy was asking for a stay of execution, aruging that he was improperly represented during some of his early appeals. The 5th Circuit denied this request, noting that he failed to demonstrate that there were extraordinary circumstances which justify the reopening of previous appeals.

 

Billy has also asked the Supreme Court of the United States to halt his scheduled execution. Billy is aruging that his 14th Amendment was violated, that of equal protection under the law. Billy alleges that his former counsel failed to adequately reprsent him and had a "substantial history in the state and federal courts of a lack of professionalism, unethical behavior, and an inability to competently represent" death row clients.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Patricia Syren and Pearl “RD” Magouirka. Please pray for strength for the family of Billy Crutsinger. Please pray that if Billy is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Billy will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

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