- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 11, 2003

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, March 11 (UPI) — A Texas man was executed Tuesday for robbing and murdering a fisherman at his river campsite 10 years ago.

Bobby Glen Cook, 41, was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection for the murder of Edwin Earl Holder near Cayuga in East Texas.

In his final statement, Cook apologized to Holder's family but claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot Holder in the head six times.

"I would like to say to them, please forgive me for what happened; it was self-defense … and I was never able to get up on the stand to tell them," he said. "I know this is wrong. I am going home to the Lord."

In February 1993, Holder was reported missing when he failed to return home from a fishing trip on the Trinity River. His body was found inside a sleeping bag in the bed of his pickup truck submerged in the river. He had been shot six times in the head.

A red and white pickup truck seen near the crime scene eventually lead to Cook's arrest. Investigators traced the truck to two men who implicated Cook in the murder. Cook said he shot Holder when the man threatened him with a .22 caliber pistol.

Cook and the three men said they sank Holder's boat and stole his outboard motor and two lanterns along with his wallet containing about $25.

Cook was the 299th convicted killer executed in Texas since the state restored the death penalty in 1982.

Delma Banks Jr., who has been on Texas death row for more than 20 years, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday in the state's 300th execution although his lawyers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution.

Two former federal judges and a former federal prosecutor have joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in seeking a stay for Banks on grounds that two key witnesses in Banks' trial lied.

On Monday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected his final appeal and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles refused to recommend clemency to Gov. Rick Perry. The governor can grant a one-time, 30-day stay on his own but it rarely happens.

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