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'Texas 7' Gang Member Set For February Execution

 
'Texas 7' Gang Member Set For February Execution
Posted Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 @ 7am

One of the infamous "Texas 7" gang of escapees now has an execution date.

State District Judge Rick Magnis has signed an order scheduling 52-year-old condemned inmate Donald Newbury for lethal injection on Feb. 4.

Newbury and six other convicts engineered the biggest prison escape in Texas history when they broke out of a South Texas prison in December 2000. Eleven days later, on Christmas Eve, they killed Irving officer Aubrey Hawkins while robbing a sporting goods store in the Dallas suburb.

When the gang was captured in Colorado a month later, one member committed suicide as police closed in. The six others all received death sentences for Hawkins' slaying. Two of them have been executed.

At the time of the escape, Newbury was serving 99 years for aggravated robbery.

 

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