The date of execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer, a white supremacist who was one of three who killed James Byrd, Jr., a black man, by dragging him behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas, has finally had his execution date set. As I understand it, his appeals have been exhausted and the Sep. 21 execution date has been set. I suspect that there may be other stays (that seems to be how it works, even after 13 years of legal mumbojumbo), but Brewer's last resort is now Governor Perry. I am quite certain that Gov. Perry won't even respond to requests to grant a stay (I will applaud him in this case).
One of the other two murders, Shawn Allen Berry, was sentenced to life in prison. He drove the truck but did not participate in chaining Mr. Byrd to the truck. For some reason, he gets to have a life in 27 years. His case is no longer in appeal and he will be eligible for parole in 2038.
The third murderer, John William King, has also been sentenced to death and has been residing on death row at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Correction, along with Brewer, for the last 13 years. Apparently, his case is still in the appeal process. I presume that he will follow Brewer to the lethal injection chamber.
It is my understanding that one of these cases was appealed to the Supreme Court but denied cert. I can't imagine on what grounds a constitutional violation of rights was claimed.
At no time has any of the appeals of any of these three murderers been upheld by any court. They are all guilty.