Edward Busby, Jr., Texas

 

Updated: Friday, October 16, 2020

Edward Lee Busby, Jr., has been given a new execution date of Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Updated: Monday, May 4, 2020

Edward Lee Busby, Jr., was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, inside the Walls Unit at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Edward has been granted a 60-day stay of execution. Forty-seven-year-old Edward is convicted of the kidnapping and murder of 77-year-old Laura Lee Crane on January 30, 2004, in Fort Worth, Texas. Edward has spent the last 14 years of his life on Texas’s death row.

Edward was born in Texas and raised by a single mother. He attended school through the 10th grade, however, he was in special education classes before dropping out. Edward was perviously arrested and served time for robbery and drug possession.

On January 30, 2004, 77-year-old retired professor from Texas Christian University, Laura Lee Crane was kidnapped from a store parking lot in southwest Fort Worth by Edward Busby and Kathleen “Kitty” Latimer. Busby forced his way into the driver’s seat, while Latimer sat in the back. Laura was in the front passenger seat.

After driving around, they stopped and Laura was forced into the trunk of the car. Busby and Latimer drove around some more, stopping at stores, and buying duct tape, with which they wrapped Laura. Laura died by suffocation, as the duct tape was wrapped completely around her nose and mouth.

 

Busby and Latimer split up, and Busby took Laura’s car and drove to Oklahoma, where he disposed of the body. He was quickly arrested by police in Oklahoma who recognized that the car was stolen, and eventually led officers to where he dumped Laura’s body. He also eventually confessed to the kidnapping and murder. Busby claimed that he never intended to kill Laura and that Latimer was the “brains” behind the kidnapping and murder.

 

Latimer pled guilty and was sentence to life in prison. Busby was sentenced to death.

 

Busby was granted a 60-day stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  The reason for the stay of execution was not stated in the order from the court, however, several other Texas inmates were granted stays of execution due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Pray for peace for the family of Laura Crane. Pray for strength for the family of Edward Busby, Jr. Pray that if Edward is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Pray that Edward may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

  

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