September 10, 2014


Willie Tyrone “T-Rock” Trottie was executed shortly after 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Willie was 44 years of age.  He was executed for the murders of 24-year-old Barbara Nell Canada and her brother 29-year-old Titus C. Canada in Harris County, Texas, on May 3, 1993.  Willie spent the last 21 years of his life on Texas’ death row.


Willie alleged that he was raised by his mother, who was abusive and an alcoholic, until he was six years of age.  While in foster care, Willie and his siblings were frequently shuffled from home to home.  Willie also alleged that he was abused while in foster care.  Willie would often run away in an attempt to find his mother.  Eventually, Willie and his siblings were taken in by his father, however Willie claimed the emotional and psychological damage had already been done.  Prior to his arrest, Willie claimed 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 and 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.


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.