Preston Hughes III, Texas
The state of Texas executed Preston Craig Hughes III on November 15, 2012. Preston was pronounced dead at 7:52 pm local time, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Preston was 46 years of age. He was convicted and executed for the murder of 15-year-old LaShandra Charles and her 3-year-old cousin, Marcell Taylor on September 26, 1988, in Houston, Texas. Before dying, LaShandra told police who had stabbed and attempted to rape her. Preston spent the last 24 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Preston had graduated from high school. Before his arrest, Preston worked as a warehouse worker. As a child, Preston was sexually abused. At the time of the murder, Preston was on probation for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Preston continually insisted that he was innocent of the crime for which he had been convicted.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Lashandra and Marcell. Please pray for the family of Preston.
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