- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The state’s highest criminal court has reversed a lower court’s finding that a Houston man who participated in a notorious death row escape attempt is mentally impaired and ineligible for execution.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday said a trial court’s ruling in 2012 that 43-year-old Eric Dewayne Cathey should be spared from execution was not supported by evidence at a hearing examining his mental impairment claims. The appeals court had stopped his scheduled execution in 2008 after defense attorneys for the first time raised the issue.

Cathey was condemned for the 1995 abduction and fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Houston woman.

Cathey was among seven death row inmates who staged a daring prison break on Thanksgiving night in 1998. He reached a second prison fence before surrendering.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide