Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 10:37 am EDT
Clinton Lee “Clint” Young was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been stayed. Thirty-four-year-old Clinton is convicted of the murder of 41-year-old Doyle Douglas and 52-year-old Samuel Petrey in late November of 2001, in Midland County, Texas. Clinton has spent the last 14 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Clinton was granted a stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The stay was granted in order to allow time to investigate allegations that false and misleading evidence was used during Clinton's trial, which, if true, would be a violation of Clinton's due process rights.
Clinton was alleged physically abused by his father and step-father while growing up. Clinton dropped out of high school in the 12th grade. He allegedly suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Prior to his arrested, Clinton worked in construction, as an iron worker, a carpet layer, and a general laborer.
On November 24, 2001, Clinton Young, along with Doyle Douglas, Mark Ray, David Lee Page, Jr., and Darnell McCoy, drove to Longview, Texas to purchase marijuana. Doyle was the driver and owner of the vehicle that the group drove in. Upon arriving at the location they were going to purchase marijuana, David approached the residence. After knocking on the door and receiving no response, he returned to the vehicle. Doyle opened his door and slid his seat forward to let David return to the back seat. While David was re-entering the vehicle, Young, who was seated in the front passenger seat, pulled out .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun. Young announced that he needed the vehicle and proceeded to shoot Doyle twice in the head.
Young threatened the remainder of the group and ordered them to place Doyle’s body in the trunk of the vehicle. Once done, he ordered everyone back in the vehicle and drove away. He stopped to dispose of Doyle’s body in a creek, where he also forced Mark to shot Doyle again in the head. They then drove to a motel, where Young and Mark told a friend how they killed Doyle. Young then dropped Darnell of at his home, but forced David to stay out of fear that David would go to the police.
Young became concerned someone would recognize the vehicle he was driving as Doyle’s. They noticed a white pickup truck at the grocery store and approached the owner under the pretense of asking directions. Young then pulled a gun on the owner, Samuel Petrey. Young ordered Samuel into the vehicle. Young drove away with Samuel, while David drove off in Douglas’ car. Young and David abandoned Doyle’s car in an isolated location. Young shot the car several times, claiming that he was attempting to blow it up.
After learning of warrants out for their arrest, Young and David decided to get rid of evidence. Young also said to Samuel, “Sorry, Sam, you know too much. You got to die.” Young then proceeded to shoot Samuel twice in the head. In an attempt to remove blood from the vehicle, David poured soda over it. David pleaded with Young to let him go and Young eventually relented. After being released, David turned himself into the police. Young was arrested a short time later, while driving Samuel’s truck. Young resisted arrest, leading police on a high-speed chase, until he was eventually caught.
Please pray for peace and healing the families of Doyle Douglas and Samuel Petrey. Please pray for strength for the family of Clinton Young. Please pray that if Clinton is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Clinton may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.