Texas has executed a death row inmate who strangled his mother and buried her body in her backyard after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against blocking his murder.
Tracy Beatty, 61, was given a lethal injection at 6:39 p.m. CT Wednesday night on the Huntsville state death row — nicknamed the Walls Unit.
His death was confirmed shortly after 7 p.m. CT by Robert Dunham, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.
When asked if he wanted to say some last words, Beatty said, “Yeah, I just want to thank you… I don’t want to leave you, honey. See you when you get there. I love you.
“Thank you to all my brothers in the ward for all the encouragement to get my life back on track. Sunny, Blue, I love you brothers. I’ll see you on the other side.’
His execution was controversial: Beatty’s lawyers never challenged the murder charge, but challenged the death penalty, alleging he was mentally ill.
Tracy Beatty, 61, was executed Wednesday night for strangling his mother and burying her body in her backyard in 2003.
The Director of the Death Penalty Information Center confirmed Beatty’s death shortly after 7 p.m. CT
Beatty buried the body of his mother Carolyn Click (pictured), 62, in the backyard next to her RV
Beatty is the fourth inmate to be executed in Texas this year and the 13th in the US. Texas’ final execution for the year will be next week.
Last week, Beatty said he was not afraid of death.
‘I have already made my peace with the Man. So I know where I’m going,” he told CBS19 of the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, where, in addition to two hours of recreation, he spent most of his time in a cell. “I’ll be in a much better place than here.”
He said his mother’s death was an accident. ‘Therefore I have made peace with the Man above. I know I’ll see her again,” he said.
Beatty buried the body of his mother Carolyn Click, 62, next to her mobile home about 115 miles southeast of Dallas, in a town called Whitehouse.
He then spent her money on drugs and alcohol, the state claims.
He was given a lethal injection Wednesday night on the Huntsville state death row — nicknamed the Walls Unit
Beatty’s lawyers also argued that he was ineligible for the death penalty because the act did not violate: capital murder.
Capital murder requires aggravating circumstances such as killing a police officer or child, or committing another crime.
Beatty was found guilty of murder after prosecutors alleged that he killed his mother during a home burglary and broke into her motor home without her permission.
Beatty stayed with his mother in November 2003 after being paroled for intentionally harming his 18-month-old niece.
When he came home after a day of drinking, he got into an argument with his mother, he told… CBS19 last week.
Beatty’s lawyers also tried to argue that he is not mentally fit and therefore that the execution would be unconstitutional
He then grabbed her by the throat and strangled her.
Beatty claimed he didn’t know he’d killed her until the next day.
A jury decided his fate in 2004 and since then his execution has been postponed three times.
His lawyers claimed he was living with her at the time of the fight, so it couldn’t have been a burglary.
Beatty had a “volatile and combative relationship” with his mother, prosecutors said.
A neighbor testified at his trial that the day she was last seen, Click had told her that she had told Beatty that day to move after an argument.
Lieanna Wilkerson testified that Click had told her that Beatty had attacked her several times before, including once when he “beat her so hard that he left her for dead.”
Wilkerson said Click was still delighted that Beatty moved in with her in October 2003 so that they could mend their relationship.
‘Several times [Beatty] said he just wanted to silence her, that he just wanted to choke her and silence her,” Wilkerson testified.
A jury decided on Beatty’s fate in 2004, but his execution has been postponed three times since then. Wednesday was his fourth scheduled execution date
Beatty would become the fourth person to be executed by Texas this year. The last performance of the year is scheduled for next week
Beatty’s lawyers also tried to argue that he is not mentally fit and therefore that the execution would be unconstitutional.
His lawyers had argued that he was prevented from undergoing a full examination to determine whether he has an intellectual disability and may not be eligible to be put to death.
They requested that state prison officials allow Beatty to have his handcuffs removed during mental health evaluations.
Their experts argued that it is critical to let Beatty go during the tests to evaluate his mental health.
In their Supreme Court petition, Beatty’s lawyers said an expert who examined him found that he is “clearly psychotic and has a complex paranoid delusional system” and that he lives in a “complex delusional world.”
They also suggested that he believes there is a “massive conspiracy of correctional officers who … ‘torture’ him through a device in his ear so he can hear their threatening voices.”
Last week, U.S. District Judge Charles Eskridge in Houston asked why Beatty’s attorneys hadn’t made any claims regarding his mental health over years of appeal, saying that requiring handcuffs during such an evaluation is “simply a rational security concern.”
Forensic psychiatrists Dr. Edward Gripon and Dr. Tynus McNeel testified that Beatty’s behavior was consistent with the “lifelong state of antisocial personality disorder.”
However, they concluded that he was not mentally ill “to a significant degree” and had an IQ of 100, “which puts him at the center of the population.”