A Houston cop killer is set to die in Huntsville Wednesday evening. If the lethal injection is carried out, Jefferey Williams' execution will be the 498th in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated.
The 37-year-old was convicted in the 1999 shooting death of Troy Blando, a plainclothes officer who was trying to arrest Williams for driving a stolen Lexus.
"The guy was already getting out of the car, so Troy was able to run up and try to make the arrest," Blando's partner Jim Woods tells KTRH News. "Unfortunately, that's when he was shot."
Williams was arrested shortly after the shooting, still wearing Blando's handcuff on one of his wrists.
"He had a wife who had needs, she had her own medical issues, and he had a young son," Woods says of Blando's family. "It took a long time for them to heal from this process, if they've healed at all."
Woods says it took him more than year to get over his partner's death.
"Troy had a great sense of humor, he was always telling jokes, cracking jokes and making fun of people," he says.
Williams' lawyers argue his punishment should be halted while the high court reviews whether his legal help at his trial and in earlier stages of his appeals was deficient.