Double murderer Vaughn Ross scheduled to die on Thursday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Double murderer Vaughn Ross scheduled to die on Thursday

Vaughn Ross covers his face leaving Lubbock County Courthouse in 2002 (KCBD File Photo) Vaughn Ross covers his face leaving Lubbock County Courthouse in 2002 (KCBD File Photo)

On Thursday, the man convicted of a brutal double murder is scheduled to die.

Back in 2001, Vaughn Ross shot and killed 53-year old Douglass Birdsall and 18-year old Viola Ross McVade. Now, after spending more than a decade on death row, Ross will meet his fate in Huntsville on Thursday.

On January 31, 2001, a mountain biker happened upon a gruesome sight on East Canyon Lakes Drive: two bodies in a car, shot multiple times. Twelve years later, Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell stands by the jury's decision.

"I always say, there's no doubt in my mind that Vaughn Ross is guilty of this crime," Powell said.

DNA on a latex glove found in Birdsall's car and a sweatshirt found in Ross' apartment were just two of the many exhibits that linked Ross to the murder. But why did Ross kill his girlfriend's sister and a Texas Tech Library dean? Witnesses testified that Ross had an ongoing dispute with McVade and that Birdsall was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He was doing something he shouldn't have been doing. Again, it didn't mean he deserved to die, but he had a habit of hanging out with young prostitutes and that's what got him killed in this case," Powell said.

A jury sentenced Ross to death in 2002 and he's been waiting for his fate ever since.

"He had his whole life ahead of him. Then you had two lives that were lost, so three lives that were lost," Powell said.

Powell says although he knows justice was served in this case, Vaughn Ross will surely be in the back of his mind come Thursday.

"You do think about it. You won't be consumed by it by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly no celebration. I didn't find any joy in it," Powell said.

Vaughn Ross will be the 502nd inmate executed in the state of Texas. The execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Huntsville.

KCBD will be there on Thursday.


July 8, 2002: Whatever Happened to the Canyon Lakes Double Murder Case?

Sept. 16, 2002: Day One of Vaughn Ross Trial

Sept. 17, 2002: Vaughn Ross Trial Continues

Sept. 23, 2002: Vaughn Ross Found Guilty

Sept. 24, 2002: Ross Sentenced to Death

Sept. 24, 2002: Lubbock Jury Decides Fate of Capital Murderer

Oct. 1, 2002: Vaughn Ross Transferred to Death Row

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