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Vaughn Ross executed for 2001 double murder

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Vaughn Ross (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice) Vaughn Ross (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Ross was taken to the Walls Unit in Huntsville Ross was taken to the Walls Unit in Huntsville
Record of Execution Record of Execution

On Thursday, the man convicted of a brutal double murder in Lubbock was executed in Huntsville, after a last-minute stay of execution was denied.

His last words were to his family, urging them to be strong, and referring to "lies they told in court."

Here's the final statement from Vaughn Ross:

"Yes, I want to thank my family for supporting me through this, I love ya'll. I don't fear death. I'm fine, I'm O.k. To my friends and my loved ones, Miriam, I love you, thanks for being here for me. This is what it is. I know this is hard for ya'll but we are going to have to go through it. We know the lies they told in court. We know it's not true. I want you to be strong and keep going."

41-year-old Vaughn Ross was convicted of the 2001 murders of 53-year-old Texas Tech dean Douglas Birdsall and 18-year-old Viola Ross McVade. A passerby found the bodies in Birdsall's car on East Canyon Lakes drive. They had been shot several times.

Investigators were able to trace DNA on a latex glove found in Birdsall's car and a sweatshirt found in Ross' apartment to Ross himself.

Ross was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m. He is the 502nd inmate to be executed in the state of Texas.


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

Sept. 16, 2002Day One of Vaughn Ross Trial

Sept. 17, 2002Vaughn Ross Trial Continues

Sept. 23, 2002Vaughn Ross Found Guilty

Sept. 24, 2002Ross Sentenced to Death

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

Oct. 1, 2002Vaughn Ross Transferred to Death Row

July 17, 2013: Double murderer Vaughn Ross scheduled to die on Thursday

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