Gregory Russeau was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of a business owner. According to court documents Gregory Russeau was in the middle of a crack binge when he robbed an auto body repair shop and beat to death the seventy five year old owner James Syvertson. Gregory Russeau would steal the victims car and wallet before fleeing. Gregory Russeau would be sentenced to death and be executed by lethal injection on June 18 2015
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Texas death row inmate Gregory Russeau was executed Thursday evening for the slaying of a 75-year-old East Texas auto repair shop owner 14 years ago during a crack cocaine binge.
Russeau, 45, from Tyler, became the nation’s 17th convicted killer to receive a lethal injection this year and the ninth in Texas.
The U.S. Supreme Court last October refused to review his case, and no additional appeals have been filed for him in the courts. In a 7-0 vote this week, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected a clemency petition for Russeau.
Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, Russeau thanked his family and friends for what they had done for him and thanked three friends who were witnesses “for being here with me so I do not have to transition alone.”
“I’m at peace, I’m good,” he said. “I’m ready to go home.”
He began snoring as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began and all movement stopped within about a minute.
He was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m. CDT, 21 minutes later.