Texas man condemned for officer’s death gets execution date
HOUSTON (AP) — A 60-year-old Texas man on death row for killing a Houston police officer more than 30 years ago has received an execution date.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday that a judge has signed an order setting Robert Jennings for lethal injection on Jan. 30 in Huntsville.
Jennings faces execution for fatally shooting Elston Howard, a Houston police vice officer, at an adult bookstore in Houston in July 1988.
Jennings was on parole at the time of the killing after serving 10 years of a 30-year sentence for robbery.
Witnesses said the officer was arresting a bookstore clerk for showing movies without a license when Jennings walked in and opened fire.
Jennings’ attorneys have questioned whether jury instructions during the punishment phase of his trial were proper.