Watch Part 2 of 3 of University of Texas at Austin MFA student Ed Hancox’s short documentary, THE MAN WHO WITNESSED 219 EXECUTIONS, presented by BBC III.
Synopsis: Meet the man who witnessed 219 executions in his time as spokesman for death row in Texas. Now retired, Larry Fitzgerald explores some of the cases that left a mark on him, as he comes to terms with the role he played in the executions of hundreds of people.
In part 2, Larry Fitzgerald visits the parents of Napoleon Beazley, who was executed in 2002 for a crime he committed as a 17 year old. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court banned executions of juvenile offenders in a 5-4 vote. Antonin Scalia was one of the “no” votes. Texas had scheduled five more executions of juvenile offenders in 2004, before they were put on hold pending the U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Supreme Court ruling affected 29 juvenile offenders who were on death row in Texas on March 1, 2005.