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Convicted Killer Executed For 1974 Murder

June 19, 1986 GMT

HUNSTVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk went quietly to his death Thursday, an execution the victim’s father tried to stop.

″OK, ’bye,″ Kenneth Albert Brock said to relatives witnessing the execution as the lethal drugs flowed into his right arm as he lay in the death chamber at the Walls Unit.

″Kenneth, I love you,″ said his sister, Nancy Dodson. He replied: ″I know.″

Brock, 37, then took about eight more deep breaths and snored before falling silent.

Mrs. Dodson called for her brother three times, crying softly and holding a tissue while her husband embraced her. ″Kenneth, can you hear me?″ she asked.

Doctors pronounced him dead at 12:18 a.m.

Brock, a Marine deserter, was convicted in the May 21, 1974, shooting death of Michael Sedita, 31, manager of a convenience store in Houston.

On Tuesday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles refused to commute Brock’s death penalty to life imprisonment.

″Killing Kenneth Brock is wrong. It will not change what has happened to my son,″ Joseph M. Sedita of Houston, the victim’s father, told the board Tuesday.

″Killing Kenneth Brock will not ease my suffering or my wife’s suffering or the loss of Michael,″ he added. ″Two wrongs don’t make a right. I could not be at peace if Kenneth Brock dies.″

Former Harris County District Attorney George Jacobs, who prosecuted the case 11 years ago, also had asked the parole board to revoke Brock’s sentence. Jacobs said Brock did not deserve to die.

Jacobs said Brock took Sedita hostage into nearby woods after a police officer saw him robbing the store.

″In the excitement, the gun could have gone off,″ he said. Jacobs said the gun may have fired accidentally because of a hair trigger.

Harris County District Attorney John B. Holmes Jr., whose office argued against granting a reprieve, said Jacobs’ opinion was inconsistent with the way he handled the case.

″If he felt that death was not an appropriate penalty at the time, maybe he shouldn’t have tried it as a death penalty case,″ Holmes said.

Brock spent his final morning packing, watching television, and talking with other inmates. He was calm and congenial as he talked with his mother, six sisters, a brother-in-law, and a friend. His last meal was a double cheeseburger with mustard, french fries and a Dr Pepper.

Brock’s execution was the fifth in Texas this year and the 15th since the death penalty was resumed in 1982. The state still has 232 convicts on death row, and Attorney General Jim Mattox said he anticipated at least one execution a month for the rest of the year.