Adam Ward, Texas
March 22, 2016
Adam Kelly Ward was executed by the state of Texas on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Adam was pronounced dead at 6:34 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was 33 years of age and executed for the murder of 46-year-old Michael “Pee Wee” Walker on June 13, 2005, in Commerce, Texas. Adam spent the last eight years of his life on Texas’ death row.
At the age of four, Adam was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and began taking medication. He was also aggressive and anti-social. Adam lived with his father at the time of the murder and both men suffered from similar, shared delusions. They believed that there was a conspiracy against their family by the city of Commerce and that the Illuminati controlled the government.
Adam Ward and his father hoarded rubbish inside and outside the home. They also collected guns and ammunition. Due to their hoarding, they had been cited numerous times by the city for failing to comply with housing and zoning codes.
On June 13, 2005, City of Commerce Code Enforcement Officer Michael Walker went to the Ward home to record continuing violations for unsheltered storage. Wearing a shirt that identified Michael as a Code Enforcement Officer and driving a marked truck, Michael approached the Ward home. He was unarmed and carried a digital camera.
When Michael arrived, Ward was washing his vehicle in the driveway. Michael walked around the property, taking pictures. When he finished, he went to talk to Ward. The two began arguing. Ward’s father came out of the house and attempted to defuse the conversation. Ward sprayed Michael with the water hose. Michael then used his cell phone to call for assistance.
During the call, Ward went into the home. Ward’s father advised Michael to leave the property. Ward’s father did not warn Michael that there were guns in the house. Michael returned to his vehicle to wait. Ward exited the home and walked towards Michael, shooting a .45 caliber pistol. Michael was shot at a total of nine times and did not survive his injures.
Ward was arrested and confessed to the crime, alleging that Michael had threatened to tear down the home. Ward also said that he thought Michael was calling the police and feared for his life because he was, allegedly, previously beaten up by the police. There is no evidence to support this claim. Ward was sentenced to death in 2007.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Michael Walker. Please pray for the family of Adam Ward.
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