This week in 1995

July 5th, 2013 by admin

“I think it’s best for me to just say nothing at all.”

— Karl Hammond, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Texas.
Executed June 21, 1995

Hammond had been released from prison but was under supervision due to a rape and burglary charge prior to the murder that put him on death row. During his release, he raped and stabbed to death an FBI secretary, Donna Lynn Vetter, in San Antonio. On March 30, in Bexar County Jail for capital murder, Hammond escaped when a jailer left open a door to a visitation area; however, police recaptured him. The negligence that allowed Hammond to escape led to the firings of two jailers and two sergeants.

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