Texas ‘Ice Pick Killer’ executed

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(KPRC) The Texas man known as the “Ice Pick Killer” was executed Wednesday for the 1979 rape and murder of a Houston woman.

Danny Paul Bible gave no final statement before his execution Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

Bible was executed for the 1979 murder and rape of Inez Deaton in Houston. Her family didn’t attend the execution. However, family members of the three other people Bible murdered did witness Bible’s execution and asked prison officials to read a written statement on their behalf.

“Danny Paul Bible is as vile and evil a person that has ever drawn breath; we’re glad to have witnessed him draw his last breath. I know that he will burn in hell for eternity,” read Jeremy Desel, public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Desel said that statement was given by Larry Lance, the brother of Pamela Hudgins. Hudgins, along with Tracy Powers and her 4-month-old son, were murdered on the same day in 1983 in Palo Pinto County. Bible was sentenced to 25 years in prison for Hudgins’ murder. Bible was paroled after serving eight years in prison under the now-defunct mandatory release laws. This since-repealed law allowed prisoners to shorten the time they were required to stay in prison by exhibiting good behavior behind bars.

Bible’s crimes spanned two decades and three states. However, it was Deaton’s murder that prompted a jury to give Bible the death penalty. Deaton was stabbed several times with an ice pick and left near a Houston bayou. Her crime remained unsolved for decades. Bible finally started talking in the late 90s after being convicted of raping a woman in Louisiana. He was finally convicted of Deaton’s murder in 2003.

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