Donnie Lee Roberts To Be Executed On Oct. 31 In Texas For Murdering Vicki BowenSorry but Ms Bowden wasn't available for statement.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- When Louisiana parole violator Donnie Lee Roberts was arrested for fatally shooting his girlfriend at her East Texas home nine years ago, he had an immediate request: the death penalty.
Roberts, 41, is scheduled for lethal injection Wednesday for the October 2003 murder of Vicki Bowen, a 44-year-old dental assistant from Lake Livingston.
Besides making his preferred punishment known in a videotaped statement, Roberts, who was violating parole, also confessed that he was responsible for an unsolved killing in that state 12 years earlier.
"I just remember it was very very bad to try to overcome his own mouth from the beginning," said Stephen Taylor, one of Roberts' lawyers at his 2004 capital murder trial in Polk County, Texas. "It's very difficult when he's expressed himself on videotape to the jury that `I want the death penalty' and that he confesses to this unsolved homicide."
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review Roberts' case, rejecting arguments that the trial judge improperly barred some testimony from a psychologist and that testimony from a victim of the robbery Roberts committed should not have been allowed...
...In 2003, a coworker went to Bowen's house after the normally punctual woman had failed to show up at her job. The coworker knocked, but got no answer. The front door was unlocked. Inside, she found Bowen covered with a blanket, face down in a pool of blood. A medical examiner determined Bowen had been shot twice in the head.
Detectives found that a truck was missing from Bowen's home. Later that day, Roberts was spotted driving the vehicle. It was found outside a suspected crack house where Roberts was apprehended.
"When arrested, the first thing out of his mouth was: `I want the death penalty,' " Taylor recalled.
And we will oblige you.
Roberts would be the 12th Texas inmate executed this year. Three more are set for lethal injection next month, including one next week.
RIP Vicki Bowen. Hopefully your family and friends seeing your murderer put to death will bring something to them.
Mr Roberts, may God be more merciful to your soul than you deserve.