Thursday, January 26, 2017
Terry Darnell Edwards was executed by the state of Texas on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Terry was pronounced dead at 10:17 pm CST, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution was delayed several hours due to an appeal before the Supreme Court of the United States. Terry was 42 years of age. He was executed for the murder of 34-year-old Tommy Walker and 26-year-old Mickell Goodwin on July 8, 2002, in Dallas, Texas. Terry spent the last 12 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Terry graduated from high school and worked as a carpenter, laborer, and warehouseman prior to his arrest. Terry had previously been arrested, convicted, and served time for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and theft of property. He was paroled in 1999.
In early June of 2002, Terry Edwards was fired from his job at a Subway sandwich shop in Dallas, Texas, allegedly for stealing money. On the morning of July 8, 2002, Terry returned to the store, along with his cousin Kirk Edwards. Kirk was armed. Terry and Kirk ordered the people in the store to lie down, while they stole the security camera footage and money. Tommy Walker and Mickell Goodwin were the two employees working. They were both shot in the head from inches away.
Terry was arrested later that day while trying to dispose of the weapon. He denied being the trigger man, instead claiming that a man named T-Bone had shot Tommy and Mickell and later gave Terry the gun.
Michael Weast also testified at Terry's trial. Michael was employed at another Subway shop in Fort Worth, Texas when, on April 26, 2002, two men, later identified as Terry and Kirk entered the store as Michael was preparing to leave. Michael testified that the two men had a weapon and stole video surveillance tape. As the Terry and Kirk left the store, they almost ran down an uniformed deputy sheriff who attempted to stop them.
Terry and Kirk were both convicted. Terry received a death sentence. Kirk was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Tommy Walker and Mickell Goodwin. Please pray for strength for the family of Terry Edwards.