Garland Harper was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for a triple murder. According to court documents Garland Harper would stab a 38 year old female and a 15 year old female multiple times and strangled a 7 year old female resulting in their deaths. Garland Harper would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
Garland Harper 2021 Information
|Name||Harper, Garland Bernell|
|Date of Birth||12/11/1969|
|Age (when Received)||40|
|Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)||GED|
|Date of Offense||10/24/2008|
|Age (at the time of Offense)||38|
|Height (in Feet and Inches)||5′ 7″|
|Weight (in Pounds)||240|
|Native County||Harris County|
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A Harris County jury deliberated three hours before sentencing Garland Bernell Harper to death Monday for fatally stabbing his 38-year-old girlfriend and strangling her two daughters.
Harper, 40, was living with Triska Lashaun Rose in a southwest Houston condo for several months before beginning to stalk her and accuse her of cheating on him. He eventually tied her up, stabbed her and slit her throat on Oct. 24, 2008, prosecutors said.
Harper also was accused of binding, then strangling Briana Roberson, 15, and Mya Love, 7. Harper was not the children’s father.
After being sentenced by state District Judge Jeannine Barr, Harper would not look at Rose’s brother who said he was “not a man” during a victim impact statement.
“You’re weak. You prey on women,” said Terrence Rose. “I want to say, ‘May God have mercy on your soul’ but I can’t say that now.”
Defense lawyers described Harper as a mentally ill man with a drug problem, which made him delusional, believing Rose was having an affair with a man Harper could never catch.
The two were dating in 1998, when he was arrested for aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison and released after nine years, according to court records. After his release, the two were together for seven months before her death.
Harper is the fourth person to be sentenced to death since Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos took office in January 2008.
In April, Mabry Joseph Landor III was sentenced to death for the 2008 shooting of Houston police officer Timothy Abernethy.
Two men were also sent to death row after retrials: Robert Fratta, for hiring two men to shoot his wife in 1994, and Raymond DeLeon Martinez, for the 1983 robbery and killing of a tavern owner.
No one in the county was sentenced to death in 2008.