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