Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019  6:41 pm EST

  

Robert Jennings has been executed by the state of Texas.  Read more here.

 

Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019  5:55 pm EST

  

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to halt the execution of Robert Jennings.

 

Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019  5:00 pm EST

  

Attorneys for Robert Jennings have asked the Supreme Court of the United States to consider his trial counsel had a conflict of interest rendering him ineffective counsel.  

 

Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2019  4:51 pm EST

  

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request to halt the execution of Robert Jennings.  Robert was requesting a stay of execution, arguing that his long-time attorney, recently replaced, had a conflict of interest which prevented the attorney from taking full advantage of possible appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States, thereby making his counsel ineffective.  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the argument and the request for a stay of execution.

 

Updated: Monday, January 28, 2019  10:02 am EST

  

Robert Mitchell Jennings' execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Sixty-one-year-old Robert is convicted of murdering Houston Police Department Vice Officer Elston Howard on July 19,1988 in Houston, Texas.  Robert has spent the last 29 years on Texas’ death row.

 

Robert was conceived as a result of rape and his mother frequently blamed Robert for her failing to complete her education.  Robert changed places of resident frequently as a child and had no lasting, positive adult influence in his life.  He did not graduate from high school, dropping out of school in the ninth grade when he began using drugs, however he obtained his GED (general equivalency diploma) while in prison.  He also completed over forty hours of college credit.  Robert entered the juvenile justice system at the age of 10.  As an adult, Robert had served time for aggravated robbery and burglary with intent to commit theft.

 

On July 19, 1988, two months after being released from prison, Robert Jennings robbed an adult movie theater.  He then entered an adult bookstore, planning to also rob it.  Upon entering the bookstore, Jennings saw that the clerk was being arrested by a Houston Police Officer, later identified as Elston Howard.  Jennings shot Officer Howard four times, including twice while he was on the floor.  Jennings proceeded to rob the store and escape.  Officer Howard died from his wounds.

 

Jennings escaped in a vehicle with getaway driver David Lee Harvell.  When Jennings told Harvell that he had shot a security guard, Harvell ordered Jennings out of the car.  When Jennings refused, Harvell shot Jennings in the hand.  Jennings was arrested later that day at the hospital.

 

Jennings was convicted and sentenced to death.  Harvell was also arrested.  He was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

 

Jennings had been given a previous execution date in 2016, however that date was stayed for unspecified reasons.

 

 

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected two requests to halt the execution of Robert Mitchell Jennings.  Robert was arguing that he had inefficient representation at his trial.  Robert also filed a post-conviction application for a writ of habeas corpus.  Both of Robert's requests were rejected.

 

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

 

 

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