Christopher Wilkins, Texas

 

Update: Monday, October, 19, 2015 11:02 am EDT

Christopher Chubasco Wilkins was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been stayed Forty-seven-year-old Christopher is convicted of the murder of Willie Freeman and Mike Silva on October 27, 2005, in Fort Worth, Texas. Christopher has spent the last 8 years on Texas’ death row.

Christopher graduated high school and had previously been in prison in California. Prior to his arrest, he worked as a truck driver, backhoe operator, welder’s helper, and pipe fitter’s helper.

In October of 2005, Christopher Wilkins left the halfway house in which he was staying in Houston, Texas. Wilkins stole a truck and drove to Fort Worth, Texas. Wilkins attempted to buy some drugs from Willie Freeman, a homeless man. Instead Willie and his supplier sold Wilkins gravel and laughed at him.

Willie eventually apologized to Wilkins, giving him some drugs to make up for the money he stole. Willie and Wilkins used drugs together several times over the next few weeks.

 

On October 27, 2005, Wilkins informed Willie that he had some drugs and guns stashed on the west side of Fort Worth. Willie enlisted his friend, Mike Silva, to drive them. Upon arriving at a deserted stretch of road, Wilkins shot Willie in the back of the head. Mike stopped the vehicle and attempted to flee, but was tangled in his seatbelt. Wilkins shot Mike once in the neck and twice in the head. Wilkins dumped both bodies a short time later.

 

Wilkins was captured approximately one week later, after two high speed police chases. Police also recovered Mike’s vehicle.

 

State District Judge David Hagerman has stayed the execution of Christopher Wilkins, due to recently raised concerns regarding DNA statistics and interpretation. DNA evidence was presented during Christopher’s trial to help secure a conviction. Christopher’s fingerprints and carvings matching Christopher’s tattoos were also found at the crime. Christopher had also given a confession at his trial, explaining to jurors that he had killed Willie because Willie had ripped him off during a drug deal. Christopher also admitted to killing Mike become Mike was with Willie. Christopher also admitted to a third killing, the killing of Gilbert Vallejo, over a pay phone dispute a day before the murder of Willie and Mike. During his trial Christopher stated that he did not care if he lived or died.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Willie Freeman and Mike Silva. Please pray for strength for the family of Christopher Wilkins. Please pray that if Christopher is innocent or lacks the competency to be executed, evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Christopher may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.

 

 

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