Texas Executes Man Who Killed Officer
Nov. 20, 2002
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A former federal drug informant was executed by injection Tuesday for killing a Houston police officer in 1989, and Missouri executed a man early Wednesday who said he was trying to protect himself against another man's sexual advances.
Craig Ogan, 47, had been in Houston only a few weeks when he gunned down officer James Boswell. He insisted the shooting was in self-defense, but the jury didn't buy his argument.
Defiant to the end, Ogan said before his death: ``In killing me, the people responsible have blood on their hands because I am not guilty.''
Ogan was fascinated with espionage, spoke several languages and longed for a job with the CIA. He said he was building a track record by working as an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration and had moved to Houston because he feared his cover had been blown.
The night of the slaying, Ogan got into an argument with a motel clerk, walked outside and spotted a police car where Boswell and his partner were writing a traffic ticket.
Ogan interrupted the officers, citing his DEA connection, and refused their instructions to wait a few minutes. When Boswell got out of the patrol car, he was shot in the head. Ogan surrendered after he was shot and wounded by Boswell's partner.
In Missouri, William R. Jones was executed by injection for killing Stanley Albert, a man he met at a Kansas City park frequented by gay men.
Prosecutors said Jones plotted the killing after dating Albert and deciding he wanted his Camaro. Jones shot Albert five times and dumped the body near a nature center. The defense contended Jones shot Albert in self-defense after the man made unwanted sexual advances.
The case drew attention in Europe, where opposition to the death penalty is strong, because Jones married an Austrian woman he met over the Internet.
At least two more executions are scheduled this week.
William Chappell, 66, is scheduled to die in Texas on Wednesday for a 1989 shooting spree that left three people dead in a Fort Worth home. He would be the oldest person put to death in Texas since the state resumed capital punishment in 1982.
Georgia is also scheduled to execute James W. Brown, 54, on Thursday for raping and strangling an Atlanta go-go dancer in 1975. The execution was delayed for two days by a last-ditch appeal.