(Reuters) - As Texas prepares to execute one of his father’s killers, Ross Byrd hopes the state shows the man the mercy his father, James Byrd Jr., never got when he was dragged behind a truck to his death.
“You can’t fight murder with murder,” Ross Byrd, 32, told Reuters late Tuesday, the night before Wednesday’s scheduled execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer for one of the most notorious hate crimes in modern times.
“Life in prison would have been fine. I know he can’t hurt my daddy anymore. I wish the state would take in mind that this isn’t what we want.”
Brewer is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. local time in Huntsville, Texas.
The “other” execution today. I thought it was interesting that there were no threads on this (at least that I could find).
I was almost moved to tears by the Christlike example of mercy and forgiveness on the part of James Byrd’s son.
Praying for the souls of both to be executed, as well as those who were killed.