Tracy Beatty, Texas


Update: Monday, March 23, 2020

Tracy Lane Beatty was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution has been stayed. Fifty-nine-year-old Tracy is convicted of the murder of his mother, 62-year-old Carolyn “Callie” Click, which occurred on November 25, 2003, in Tyler, Texas. Tracy has spent the last 16 years on Texas’ death row.

Tracy did not have an easy childhood, leading to a strained relationship with his mother. Tracy dropped out of school after the 10th grade. Tracy had an extensive criminal history included drug possession, theft, weapons possession, assault against a child, assault against his mother, and assault against a correctional officer, among others. Tracy was also allegedly a member of a prison gang. At the time of his arrest, Tracy was unemployed, working odd jobs for Callie’s neighbor.

Although Tracy Beatty and Callie Click were family, they had a volatile and combative relationship. However, in October of 2003, Callie allowed Beatty to move in with her, despite telling her neighbor that Beatty had assaulted her several times in the past. Callie was excited for Beatty’s arrival, hoping that the two could repair their relationship. The excitement that Callie felt at Beatty’s arrival was short lived. Before the month was over, Callie had asked Beatty to leave. She asked him to leave again on November 25, 2003.

That evening, between 5:00 and 5:30 pm, Beatty arrived at the home of his cousin, Stacey Killough, driving Callie’s vehicle. According to Stacey, that was unusual because Callie was “very protective” of her vehicle, never letting anyone else drive it. Beatty also smelled strongly of alcohol. When Stacey inquired as to the whereabouts of Callie, Beatty claimed that she was out of town with friends for a few weeks.


Beatty left Stacey’s home after a few minutes, going to Callie’s neighbor’s home for dinner and remaining there until late that evening. The following day, Beatty informed the neighbor that Callie was out of town with a male friend for several days.


Beatty created several stories regarding his mother’s death. First he told police that Callie’s boyfriend killed her and that he killed the boyfriend, dumping his body in a lake and burying his mother in the backyard. He later told the police that he had come home drunk and choked her when she started complaining. Beatty claimed he did not realize she was dead until the following day. Beatty told several different stories to friends and family members.


This is not Tracy Beatty’s first scheduled execution.  He was previously scheduled to be executed in 2009 and 2015.  Both executions were stayed. Tracy has again been granted a stay of execution. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Tracy a 60-day stay of execution due to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  The stay was not granted based on the appeal Tracey has filed regarding his case.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Callie Click. Please pray for strength for the family of Tracy. Please pray that if Tracy is innocent, lacks the competence to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Tracy may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.



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