HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A Texas convict with a rather lengthy criminal history was executed Tuesday evening for fatally shooting a man and raping the slain man’s fiancee. The crimes took place more than two decades ago.
Rickey Lynn Lewis was accused of breaking into the home of George Newman, killing Newman and raping Newman’s fiance. He had already been in and out of prison five times in less than seven years when he was arrested just a few days after the killing of 45-year-old Newman and the rape of Newman’s fiancee back in 1990. The couple lived in a home located in a rural area of Smith County, located approximately 90 miles east of Dallas.
Lewis, 50, reportedly admitted to raping Newman’s fiancee but denied fatally shooting Newman. “If I hadn’t raped you, you wouldn’t have lived,” Lewis told the rape victim just before receiving the single lethal dose of pentobarbital to kill him. “I didn’t kill Mr. Newman and I didn’t rob your house”, he added.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review Lewis’ case and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted against a request of clemency for Lewis. There were also no last-day appeals filed by Lewis’ attorneys to try to halt the execution.
The execution of Lewis marks the second this year thus far, in the state of Texas.