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Texas Resident Brent Ray Brewer, Who Claimed His Death Sentence Was Based On Fabricated Expert Testimony, Is Put To Death

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A Texas man who killed a man during a robbery decades ago and claimed his death sentence was based on fraudulent and unreliable expert testimony was put to death on Thursday night.

What Happened?

At the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Brent Ray Brewer, 53, was given a fatal injection in retaliation for Robert Laminack’s death in April 1990. Fifteen minutes after the chemicals started flowing, at 6:39 p.m. local time, the prisoner was declared dead.

After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene on Brewer’s accusations that prosecutors had misled and discredited expert testimony during his 2009 resentencing trial, the prisoner was executed a few hours later.

Without considering the arguments presented, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied an appeal on that basis on Tuesday, stating that the allegation ought to have been made earlier.

Tuesday’s vote by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles was 7-0 in favor of not commuting Brewer’s death sentence to a lesser term. Members also voted against extending the reprieve by six months.

Sentenced With Death Penalty

In 1991, Brewer was found guilty of capital murder and given the death penalty. However, in 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the death sentences that Brewer and two other prisoners from Texas had been given, finding that the juries in their cases had been given the incorrect information when they determined the men should be put to death.

Death Sentence

Source: CNN

The highest court determined that jurors were not permitted to consider enough evidence in order to determine that a life sentence would be more appropriate than a death sentence. Brewer’s attorneys contended that the jury was not permitted to take into account the fact that he had experienced childhood trauma and mental illness. In 2009, Brewer faced a new punishment trial and was once more given the death penalty.

Brewer did not have a history of violence while incarcerated, but Brewer’s attorneys claim that at the resentence trial, Coons lied and said, without any scientific evidence, that Brewer had no conscience and would be a danger in the future.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals deemed Coon’s testimony regarding future dangerousness to be “insufficiently reliable” and declared that he shouldn’t have been permitted to testify not a 2010 decision involving another death row inmate.

Brewer was prosecuted by Randall County District Attorney Robert Love, whose office maintained in court filings that prosecutors gave deceptive testimony about Brewer’s potential for harm in the future and that Coon’s testimony “was not material to the jury’s verdict.

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