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Texas Cop Killer Set to be Executed Thursday

Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

January 05, 2010

GARLAND, TX – Kenneth Mosley, a 51-year-old Mesquite man who killed a Garland police officer in 1997, is scheduled to be the first person executed in Texas this year. Also Online


The state Department of Criminal Justice said Monday that Mosley will be executed Thursday for the capital murder of Officer Michael “David” Moore. Mosley shot the 32-year-old officer five times during an attempted bank robbery on Feb. 15, 1997.

“It has been a long-awaited event for this Police Department to see justice done in the murder of David Moore,” said Officer Joe Harn, the department’s spokesman.

Mosley’s execution was postponed twice in 2009, during which 24 people were killed by lethal injection.

First, he won a reprieve when the governor and lieutenant governor were both scheduled to be out of the state on his first execution date in July. One of the state’s top two officials must be available for last-minute court actions related to any execution.

In September, the U.S. Supreme Court delayed Mosley’s execution again but declined to review his case the following month.

Mosley’s lawyers were hoping for a new trial in which to introduce extenuating circumstances, including Mosley’s supposed childhood exposure to pesticides, which could have won him a life sentence.

Mosley never denied killing the officer but maintained he was ineffectively represented during his weeklong trial 12 years ago.

“Ken Mosley will be executed on Thursday without a full, fair and impartial consideration of his legal claims,” Meg Penrose, a member of his legal team, said Monday. “This is not justice.”

Lauri Saathoff, spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office, said there were no appeals or pending litigation in Mosley’s case that might delay this week’s execution.

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