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Twenty-three men and no women have

been executed in the United States in 2017.

March 9, 2016  

 

Coy Wayne Wesbrook was executed on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, by the state of Texas.  Coy was pronounced dead at 8:04 pm CST, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Coy was 58 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of his 32-year-old ex-wife Gloria Jean Coons, 43-year-old Diana Ruth Money, 41-year-old Anthony Ray Rogers, 35-year-old Antonio Cruz, and 28-year-old Kelly Hazlip on November 13, 1997, in Houston, Texas.  Coy spent the last 18 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Coy dropped out of school following the 8th grade.  He did not have a prior prison record in Texas.  He had previously worked as a security guard.

 

On the night of November 12,1997, Coy Wesbrook stopped by the home of his ex-wife, Gloria Coons.  Wesbrook had hoped that he and Gloria could reconcile, however, upon his arrival, he discovered that several other people, roommate Diana Money, Kelly Hazlip, and Anthony Rogers, also at her home.  A third male, Antonio Crux, arrived a short time later.  They had all been drinking heavily.  Wesbrook was invited to stay and drink with them.

 

Wesbrook told police that he was uncomfortable staying, but did so anyway.  Eventually, during the early morning hours of November 13, 1997, the talk turned to a sexual nature.  Gloria left the group, disappearing into her bedroom with Kelly, a male.  Anthony joined them a short time later.  Anthony reappeared, with his pants unzipped, claiming that Gloria had just given him oral sex and was about to sleep with Kelly.

 

Wesbrook felt that he was being humiliated and left the apartment.  Antonio followed Wesbrook and attempted to talk to him, before taking the keys to Wesbrook’s truck.  Wesbrook grabbed a hunting rifle from his truck and returned to the apartment to retrieve his keys.

 

Upon returning the apartment, Wesbrook claims that he was verbally harassed, threatened, and physically abused by the individuals in the apartment.  Wesbrook alleged that Ruth threw a beer at him, causing him to fire his weapon.  Anthony and Antonio then rushed at Wesbrook.  Wesbrook shot both them.  He then entered the bedroom and upon seeing Gloria and Kelly having sex, he “lost it” and shot both of them.

 

Several neighbors heard the gunshots and called police.  Neighbors exited their apartments and observed Wesbrook leaving Gloria’s apartment and another man lying on the ground.  Police found Wesbrook standing by his truck, making several self-incriminating statements, some of which could be heard on 9-1-1 calls by the neighbors.  All died at the scene, except Kelly, who was shot in the abdomen.  He died five days after being shot.

 

Wesbrook was convicted and sentenced to death on September 2, 1998.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Gloria Coons, Antonio Crus, Diana Money, Anthony Rogers, and Kelly Hazlip.  Please pray for strength for the family of Coy Wesbrook.

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