Update: September 10, 2014 6:42 pm, EDT

 

 

 

Willie Trottie has been executed by the state of Texas.  Read his full story here.

 

Update: September 10, 2014 6:42 pm, EDT

 

 

The United States Supreme Court has declined to stay the execution of Willie Tyrone Trottie, scheduled for later this evening. 

 

Update: September 8, 2014 1:56 pm, EDT

 

Willie Tyrone Trottie's execution is scheduled for 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Forty-four-year-old Willie is convicted of murdering 24-year-old Barbara Nell Canada and 29-year-old Titus C. Canada in Harris County, Texas, on May 3, 1993.  Willie has spent the last 21 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

According to Willie, he was raised for a time by his mother who was abusive and an alcoholic.  Willie and his siblings were abandoned by her when he was around the age of six.  While in foster care, they were frequently shuffled from home to home.  Willie also alleges that he was abused while in foster care.  Willie would often run away to attempt to find his mother.  Eventually, Willie and his siblings were taken in by his father, however Willie claims the emotional and psychological damage had already been done.  Prior to his arrest, Willie claims he was holding down three jobs, including one as a delivery man.

 

In 1989, Willie Trottie met Barbara Canada and the two began dating shortly thereafter.  It was not long before they moved in together and had a child.  Trottie and Barbara broke up in September of 1992, and Barbara moved back with her family.  Following the separation, Trottie’s behavior towards Barbara became increasingly violent, including threats of violence and death if she did not return to him.  

 

In March of 1993, Barbara received an order of protection against Trottie, after he hit her car with his going at least 60-miles-per-hour and briefly kidnapping her.  Witnesses testified that Trottie continued to telephone Barbara and threaten her, disregarding the protective order.  In April, Trottie delivered Barbara and ultimatum: return by May 1, 1993, or he would kill her.

 

On May 3, 1993, Trottie once again called Barbara and threatened to kill her.  He also threatened her brother, Titus.  That night, around 11:00 pm, Trottie arrived at the Canada residence, armed with a 9 mm pistol.  Numerous family members were in the house, including five children under the age of seven.

 

Witnesses testified that Trottie immediately opened fire, wounding Barbara’s mother, sister, and brother.  Barbara’s brother had a .380 caliber pistol and shot back at Trottie, wounding him.  Trottie made his way to a bedroom, where he cornered Barbara and shot her 11 times while she was laying on the ground.  Trottie reportedly said “ [Expletive deleted] I told you I was going to kill you.”

 

Trottie then returned to where Barbara’s brother Titus was laying injured.  Trottie shot him twice in the back of the head, in view of two children.  Barbara and Titus died from their injuries.  Trottie was arrested a short time later while he was in an emergency room of a nearby hospital, seeking treatment for his injuries.

 

Willie Trottie claims that the shooting was in self-defense and that Titus shot at him first.  He also alleges that Barbara continued to see him and sleep with him after they broke up and even after she obtained a restraining order.  Willie's lawyers claim that state prosecutors failed to tell Willie's trial attorney that a witness had told that "[Barbara] probably did mess with Willie's head a little."  Willie also claims his attorneys did not present witness who would have testified that he and Barbara were engaged at the time of the shooting.

 

A man who worked with Willie Trottie through the Young Professionals of Houston program testified at Willie’s trial.  The man said that Willie worked as a security guard and volunteered to help with the children in the program.  He was impressed with Willie’s positive attitude and Willie’s leadership.

 

Dr. Priscilla Ray also testified at Willie’s trial.  She testified that Willie needed therapy and medication for depression and that he and issues with abandonment, especially from females, which is a reaction of his mother abandoning him as a child.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Barbara and Titus and Canada.  Please pray for strength for the family of Willie Trottie.  Please pray that Willie may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he had not already.

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