Texas is set today to execute the 399th person since it resumed executions in 1982 after an 18 year moratorium.
Kenneth Parr, 27, was barely an adult, just days past his 18th birthday, when authorities said he and a younger half brother kicked in the door of the Bay City home of 30-year-old Linda Malek, robbed the place, then raped her and shot her in the head while she was in bed with her two young children.
Parr would be the 20th condemned inmate executed this year in Texas and the first of five set to die over the next 15 days. He’d also be the 399th convicted killer put to death in the state since Texas resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.
Lawyers for Parr appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution, arguing that his death date was set improperly and that the state’s lethal injection method was unconstitutionally cruel.