Oldest Texas Death Row Inmate Executed

The Huntsville state penitentiary has executed Texas’ oldest death row inmate on Thursday for the murder of a Houston police officer during a traffic stop nearly 32 years ago.

Carl Wayne Buntion, 78, was executed for the fatal shooting of Houston police officer James Irby in 1990, a nearly 20-year member of the force.

Buntion’s attorneys requested to stay his execution, but the U.S. Supreme Court had declined it.

“I wanted the Irby family to know one thing: I do have remorse for what I did. I pray to God that they get the closure for me killing their father and Ms. Irby’s husband,” Buntion said while strapped to the Texas death chamber gurney. 

Buntion was injected with pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 6:39 PM.

Buntion became the oldest person Texas has put to death since the Supreme Court reinstated its ban on capital punishment in 1976.


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