Port Arthur murderer loses Death Row appeal

Port Arthur murderer loses Death Row appeal

The United States Supreme Court rejected a motion to re-hear evidence related to the 1998 Death Row conviction of Elroy Chester, who was sentenced to death after he was convicted of shooting a Port Arthur firefighter. Chester was alleged to have killed the firefighter, Willie Ryman III, when the man came to the rescue of his two nieces while Chester was raping the teen girls in their home.

According to criminal records at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, “While in police custody, Chester confessed to this crime, two other murders, and three attempts to commit capital murder. Chester stated that he committed these offenses because he was out his mind ‘with hate for white people’ due to a disagreement with a white staff member over a disciplinary report during a previous TDCJ incarceration.”

Chester’s attorneys have insisted the accused murderer is mentally retarded and should be spared a death sentence. The Supreme Court refused Chester’s last appeal Oct. 29. A scheduled execution date has not yet been announced.

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