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Danny Bible

Everywhere he went, Danny Bible left behind chaos and carnage.

Slayings in North Texas. Kidnapping in Montana. Robbery in Houston. Rape in Louisiana.

Once, he took an axe to his girlfriend's car because he didn't like her haircut. Another time he set a woman's car on fire.

But now - almost 40 years after the gruesome crime that landed him on death row - Bible is set to meet the state's harshest punishment.

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In a court hearing early Monday, a Harris County judge signed a death warrant for the 66-year-old quadruple killer, who is now slated to die by lethal injection on June 27.

"Some criminals' actions are so heinous, they earn the label 'worst of the worst,'" Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement Monday. "The jury who listened to the facts and saw the evidence of the crimes Danny Bible committed clearly reached that conclusion by sentencing him to death."

A former drifter, Bible's lengthy string of violence dates back to at least 1979. That May, a passerby found the bloodied, half-naked body of Inez Deaton along the slope of a Houston bayou.

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The 20-year-old was covered in bruises and had been stabbed 11 times with an ice pick before her killer posed her corpse by the water, according to court records.

The married mother of a 2-year-old had disappeared days earlier, when she stopped next door at Bible's home to use the phone.

No one ever saw her alive again.

For nearly two decades, Deaton's slaying went unsolved. In the meantime, Bible crisscrossed the country in a chain of violence.

Immediately after the Houston killing, Bible fled to Wyoming and Montana. While there, he terrorized his new girlfriend, once punching her face so hard she needed stitches, and another time dousing her car with gasoline before setting it ablaze.

After that relationship, he came back to Texas, where he landed a job in the town of Weatherford, west of Fort Worth. There, in 1983, he murdered his sister-in-law Tracy Powers and her infant son Justin.

Then, he killed Powers' roommate, Pam Hudgins, and left her body hanging from a roadside fence.

Following the slayings, he fled to Montana where he kidnapped a woman and raped an 11-year-old girl.

Eventually, he was caught and in 1984 he pleaded guilty to Hudgins' murder. He was sentenced to 25 years for the killing and 20 years for a Harris County robbery, according to court records.

He was released on parole after just 8 years.

While still under supervision he repeatedly raped and molested five younger relatives, including a 5-year-old. He sexually assaulted the girls in the back of a converted bus, they later testified, and even offered to pay a 12-year-old to have his baby.

Then he moved to Louisiana and in 1998 forced his way into Tera Robinson's motel room, then tore off her clothes and raped her. When he couldn't maintain an erection, he became enraged, binding and gagging the woman before stuffing her in a duffel back.

She managed to break free and call for help.

Bible fled to Florida, where he was later arrested and brought back to Louisiana.

In a series of tape-recorded interrogations, Bible freely admitted to a slew of crimes - though authorities at the time suspected there could be more.

"There's no telling what we've got here," West Baton Rouge Parish detective Randall Walker said. "A serial killer can't kill three or four people and then just quit."

Bible was sentenced in life without parole in Louisiana and in 2003 a Harris County jury sentenced him to death after just three hours of deliberation.

"I think it's wonderful," his cousin Wynona Bible - Deaton's best friend - said after the sentencing. "Justice was done for Inez today."

Weeks after his loss in court, Bible narrowly escaped death during a head-on collision as prison guards drove him to death row in July 2003. The officer behind the wheel, 40-year-old John Bennett, died after the wreck on U.S. Highway 190 near Polunsky Unit.

Although Bible survived, he spent months in the hospital, requiring multiple surgeries and ultimately ending up in a wheelchair due to lasting nerve damage in his left leg, according to appellate court filings.

The extent of his injuries formed a key part of his later appeals, when his attorney argued that he couldn't be a future danger in his deteriorating condition.

Over the course of his nearly 20 years of appeals, Bible also challenged the constitutionality of Texas' death penalty, raised claims about alleged bias in jury selection and argued that bad lawyering earlier in the case failed to object when prosecutors reenacted a rape in the courtroom.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down his appeals in 2016.

On Monday, Bible was appeared in the 351st State District Court in Harris County for a short hearing, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. A judge signed off on the execution order and issued a death warrant.

The Lone Star State has already seen three execution this year, including another Houston serial killer, Anthony Shore. Aside from Bible's, there are three more death dates on the calendar in Texas.


PRESS RELEASE: Harris County District Attorney

Danny Bible, a serial rapist and murderer who stabbed two women to death with ice picks, is scheduled to be executed June 27, officials said Monday. 

Bible, 66, was brought from Death Row to Harris County for a hearing in the 351st State District Court.  

A judge signed the execution order requested by prosecutors and issued a death warrant to be delivered to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

In May 1979 in Houston, Bible brutally raped and stabbed Inez Deaton, to death with an ice pick. 

Deaton, 20, was married and the mother of a two-year-old girl, and was best friends with Bible’s cousin. Following the murder, Bible fled the state but eventually returned to Texas. 

He left a trail of carnage in his wake that included three homicides on the same day: the 1983 rape and murder of Pam Hudgins and the double murder of Tracy Powers and her four-month-old son, Justin.

Bible was caught and pleaded guilty to murdering Hudgins and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. 

He was paroled in February 1992, and following his release, raped five young family members. 

He was captured again in 1998, following his brutal attack and rape of another victim in Louisiana. During the interrogation for that attack, he confessed to Deaton’s murder nearly two decades earlier.

A Harris County jury convicted Bible of capital murder in 2003 and sentenced him to death.

“Some criminals’ actions are so heinous, they earn the label ‘worst of the worst,’” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “The jury who listened to the facts and saw the evidence of the crimes Danny Bible committed clearly reached that conclusion by sentencing him to death.”






Comments:
40 YEARS ON DEATH ROW????? 40 YEARS????!!!!!
Perfect example of what's wrong with the justice system!! Millions has been spent to keep this creep alive!!! Why????
Bring back hanging I say!!! AND NO more than 5 years on death row!!! The victims didn't get mercy WHY should he!!!!!
Posted by Daring2Jump at 3/19/2018 4:55:48 PM

I hope his "lasting nerve damage" hurt like the devil...
Posted by Linda at 3/20/2018 8:43:45 AM

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