May 19 (UPI) — Texas is set to resume executions Wednesday after a 10-month hiatus, with the lethal injection of a man convicted of killing an 83-year-old relative over $30.
Quintin Phillippe Jones, 41, is set to die by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. He was convicted 20 years ago of the 1999 murder of his great-aunt, Berthena Bryant.
Jones’ lawyers on Monday filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay of execution, saying the state unconstitutionally denied his intellectual disability claim. The petition also said the state used now-discredited expert testimony during the sentencing phase of his trial to assess Jones’ future danger potential.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Jones’ application for a stay on May 12, and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted against clemency on Tuesday, according to The Texas Tribune.
Jones confessed to killing Bryant, saying he beat her with a baseball bat after she refused to loan him money. He ultimately took $30 from her purse and stole her car, which he later abandoned in a parking lot.
He told police another man named James lived in his head and blamed the murder on this other personality.
Texas’ most recent execution occurred last July when Billy Joe Wardlow was put to death. The state executed three people in 2020, the fewest in nearly 25 years.
Texas delayed multiple scheduled executions due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Gov. Greg Abbott could delay the execution by 30 days without a recommendation from the board, but he’s never done so.
If executed, Jones would be the fourth person put to death in the United States in 2021. The federal government executed three federal death row inmates in January before President Donald Trump left office.