The Texas Tribune reports that Billy Joe Wardlow was executed by lethal injection at the Huntsville Unit last night at 6:28. Wardlow’s execution was the first in the state since COVID-19 became a pandemic.
Wardlow was executed for a robbery and a murder in East Texas that he committed when he was 18-years-old. Some Texas legislators and neuroscientists have objected to the execution based on Wardlow’s age at the time of the crime. All of his appeals were denied by the U-S Supreme Court last night.