The first Death Row prisoner under Donald Trump 's presidency has been executed this morning - despite last minute appeals he did not pull the trigger.

Terry Edwards, 43 - aka the Subway Murderer - was killed by lethal injection in Texas at 10:17pm.

Edwards was fired from his job at a Subway in suburban Dallas in 2002 for suspected theft of money. He returned a couple of weeks later with his cousin, Kirk. The sandwich shop was robbed and two employees were shot dead.

Mickell Goodwin, 26, and the store manager, Tommy Walker, 34, died from close-range bullet wounds on 8 July 2002. A witness reported seeing Terry Edwards dumping a gun into a bin across the street. He was arrested soon afterwards and convicted in 2003.

Kirk Edwards pleaded guilty to robbery in exchange for a 25-year sentence with the possibility of parole. Terry, who in contrast to his cousin had no history of violence, according to his lawyers, received the death penalty

At trial the prosecution asserted that Terry Edwards pulled the trigger, telling the court that he went to Subway “with murder in mind, with greed in mind, with evil in his heart”. But in appeals his lawyers have claimed that he was not the killer and that his cousin is a more likely culprit.

The statement said that Terry's last words were: "Yes, I made peace with God. I hope y'all make peace with this."
The execution was the 540th in Texas since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.

The Guardian

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