Texas Gives John Balentine Execution Date of February 8, 2023

John Balentine, Texas

Updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The Potter County District Court stayed the execution of John Balentine by withdrawing his execution warrant.  The execution warrant was withdrawn after finding that Balentine’s legal team was not properly informed of the warrant and the execution date in accordance with the Texas Criminal Procedure Code.

Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

John Balentine has requested that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halt his execution.  He is alleging the jurors were racially prejudiced against him.

Updated: Monday, January 30, 2023

John BalentineTexas plans to execute John Balentine at 6 pm local time on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. Executions take place inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Fifty-three-year-old John is convicted of murdering 17-year-old Mark Caylor, Jr., 15-year-old Kai Geyer, and 15-year-old Steven Brady Watson on January 21, 1998, in Amarillo, Texas. John has spent the last 23 years on death row in Texas.

John was born in Arkansas. He did not graduate high school, dropping out after the 10th grade. He allegedly had a violent and abusive childhood. Before his arrest, he worked as a laborer and auto mechanic. John had several previous arrests in Arkansas before he moved to Texas. He also served time in an Arkansas prison for burglary, kidnapping, assault, and robbery.

During the early morning hours of January 21, 1998, John Balentine entered a home by crawling through the window. He was armed with an automatic pistol. The home belonged to Misty Caylor and Balentine used to live there with her. Once inside the home, Balentine shot and killed Misty’s brother Mark Kaylor, and two others – Kai Geyer and Steven Brady Watson. All three teenagers were sleeping.

Balentine confessed to the crime after being arrested.

This is not Balentine’s first execution date in Texas. At least three previous execution dates were scheduled and stayed before they could be carried out.

Please pray for the families of Mark Caylor, Kai Geyer, and Steven Brady Watson. Pray for strength for the family of John Balentine. Pray that if John is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be presented before his execution. Please pray that John may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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