Update: March 18, 2014

 

San Antonio Federal District Judge Fred Biery has refused to stay the execution of Ray Jasper.The stay was requested on the grounds that a juror had been improperly removed during jury selection because of race.The appeal was ultimately rejected.

 

 

Update: March 11, 2014

 

Ray Jasper III is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, March 19, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.Thirty-three-year-old Ray has been convicted of murdering 33-year-old David Alejandro in his music recording studio in San Antonio, Texas.Ray has spent the last 14 on Texas’ death row.

 

Ray dropped out of school during the 8th grade, following the death of a friend.At the age of 15, Ray began his criminal life with actions such as stealing a bicycle, possession of drugs, attempted burglary, and an incident of violence against an off-duty police officer.Ray's father was a career military man and his parents were happily married.Ray was out on parole at the time of David's murder, after he had been caught by an off-duty police officer attempting to break into a home and assaulted him.

 

On November 29, 1998, aspiring rapper Ray Jasper and friends Steve Russell and Doug Williams, went to a recording studio owned by David Alejandro to record some music. Approximately one week before, Jasper and his two friends had decided to kill David so that they could steal some of his recording equipment and not have David identify them.Jasper wanted the money so that he could move out of his parent's house and into an apartment with his girlfriend and mother of his child.Jasper and one of his friends carried concealed knives into the studio.After recording music for approximately two hours, with David assisting, Jasper decided it was time to kill David.Jasper grabbed David by his hair, pulled his head back, and slit his throat from ear to ear.David covered his throat in a desperate attempt to stop the blood.David jumped and fought for his life.He was stabbed an additional 25 times.The final stab wound was to the back of the neck.The knife was left in David's body.David’s body was covered with sheet as the trio began ripping out equipment and loading it into the vans they had brought.Jasper fled the scene when an armed police officer approached.He was apprehended days later outside of his house.

 

Jasper confessed to police on December 2, 1998.Jasper admitted to planning the robbery/murder and to recruiting the two accomplices.He described what happened in detail, which was later corroborated by his girlfriend, police officers, security guards, and physical evidence.In court Jasper admits to cutting David’s throat, however, he denies killing David, as the medical examiner attributed David's death to the additional stab wounds, not the slit throat.

 

Jasper convicted by a jury and given a death sentence.Jasper’s two accomplices, Steve and Doug, each received a life sentence.

 

Please pray for peace for the family of David Alejandro.Please pray for strength for the family Ray Jasper.Please pray that Jasper may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

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