TRACY BEATTY PRESS

DEATH WARRANT signed July 13, 2015

Tricounty Leader
Tracy Beatty, formerly of Whitehouse, will be put to death in Huntsville Thursday, Aug. 13. Beatty has exhausted all his appeals.

Judge Jack Skeen set Beatty’s execution date for 6 p.m. Thursday. He received the death penalty in 2004 for capital murder after a jury deliberated for five hours..

On October 25, 2003, Beatty, who was 42 at the time, strangled his mother, Carolyn Click, 62, and placed her body in the bathtub for two days. He then buried her body in a shallow grave in the backyard of his mother’s home. Prior to murdering his mother, Beatty had served a four-year prison sentence for injury to a child and another 15-year stint for theft, both from Dallas County..

Troup Police Chief Pat Hendrix was an investigating detective working his last capital murder (death sentence) case as a detective sergeant with the Smith County Sheriff’s Department before retiring and taking the chief’s job in Troup. “Beatty killed his mother who was doing nothing more than trying to help him by giving him a place to live after getting out of prison on parole,” Hendrix said. “I’ve worked a lot of horrible cases in my 30 years in law enforcement but the evil in Tracy Beatty is right up there at the top for murderers.”.

Hendrix said Beatty’s history includes electrically shocking his niece, burning his daughter with a cigarette, slapping his daughter for dirtying her diaper, throwing hot coffee on his mother and knocking his mother out with one blow. According to Hendrix, Dr. Michelle Ward with Investigation Discovery-The mind of a Murderer - Episode 1 “Bad to the Bone” said “Beatty appears to be a person only a mother could love.”.

“When I heard that I thought how ironic,” Hendrix said. “I think often of Mrs. Click and her granddaughter, Tamara Beatty (Tracy Beatty’s daughter). Tamara was very strong through that investigation and thought the world of her grandmother and supported Smith County DA Matt Bingham and ADA April Sikes in pursuing the death penalty in this case.”.

Hendrix said he will travel to Huntsville this week. “I plan on being there to support Tamara and seeing the job I started finished,” Hendrix said..

Austin Chronicle

... The second individual, Tracy Beatty, goes to the gurney one day after Lopez. Beatty, 54, was arrested for the Nov. 25, 2003, murder of his mother, 62-year-old Carolyn Click. Beatty strangled, smothered, and/or suffocated Click during an argument at her home, and left her in the tub for two days before burying her in the ground beside her house and making off with her car and possessions. When questioned, he told authorities that a man named Junior Reynolds had actually killed his mother; that he then killed Reynolds and dumped him "in water" before returning to his mother's house to ice her in the tub and eventually bury her by the house. But the investigation turned to Beatty. During his arrest, as he was being delivered from Henderson County to the Smith County Jail, he told authorities: "I really didn't mean to kill her. I came in drunk. She started bitching at me, and I just started choking her. I didn't even know she was dead until the next morning when I found her still laying on the living room floor."

He was indicted for capital murder the following May and found guilty on Aug. 9, 2004. Deemed a future threat because of two prior felony convictions – injury to a child in 1986 and a robbery in 1988 – he was sentenced to death on Aug. 10.The second individual, Tracy Beatty, goes to the gurney one day after Lopez. Beatty, 54, was arrested for the Nov. 25, 2003, murder of his mother, 62-year-old Carolyn Click. Beatty strangled, smothered, and/or suffocated Click during an argument at her home, and left her in the tub for two days before burying her in the ground beside her house and making off with her car and possessions. When questioned, he told authorities that a man named Junior Reynolds had actually killed his mother; that he then killed Reynolds and dumped him "in water" before returning to his mother's house to ice her in the tub and eventually bury her by the house. But the investigation turned to Beatty. During his arrest, as he was being delivered from Henderson County to the Smith County Jail, he told authorities: "I really didn't mean to kill her. I came in drunk. She started bitching at me, and I just started choking her. I didn't even know she was dead until the next morning when I found her still laying on the living room floor." He was indicted for capital murder the following May and found guilty on Aug. 9, 2004. Deemed a future threat because of two prior felony convictions – injury to a child in 1986 and a robbery in 1988 – he was sentenced to death on Aug. 10.

Attorney Jeff Haas argued in petitions for habeas corpus and appeals to the 5th Circuit that his client received ineffective assistance from counsel in two different forms: Trial counsel failed to discover and present mitigating evidence, and failed to properly present enough facts to prove Click's "killing was a murder rather than capital murder." Haas pointed to one instance in particular, unmentioned during trial, in which Click and an acquaintance had an argument that a witness indicated looked as though they would "rip each other's heads off." He attempted to use that testimony as evidence that Beatty had no intention to kill his mother when he showed up at her house; that a heated conversation escalated to that point. Efforts for relief, however, were denied, and in July 2014, the 5th Circuit denied his application for a certificate of appealability. The Supreme Court rejected his case in May 2015.

video of death warrant: KLTV

STAY OF EXECUTION ordered August 11, 2015

Yahoo news

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for striking and killing a police lieutenant with an SUV during a chase. On Wednesday, he's hoping to get his wish.

The 27-year-old prisoner is set to die in Huntsville after getting court approval to drop his appeals. A second inmate scheduled to be executed this week in Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state, won a court reprieve Tuesday. Lopez is facing lethal injection for the 2009 death of Corpus Christi Lt. Stuart Alexander. The 47-year-old officer was standing in a grassy area on the side of a highway where he had put spike strips when he was struck by the sport utility vehicle Lopez was fleeing in.

Last week from death row Lopez said: "It's a waste of time just sitting here. I just feel I need to get over with it." Attorneys representing Lopez refused to accept his intentions, questioning federal court findings that Lopez was mentally competent to volunteer for execution. They appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the punishment, arguing his crime was not a capital murder because he didn't intend to kill the officer, and that Lopez had mental disabilities and was using the state to carry out long-standing desires to commit suicide. "It is clear Lopez has been allowed to use the legal system in another attempt to take his own life," attorney David Dow told the high court.

Lopez, who also wrote letters to a federal judge and pleaded for his execution to move forward, said a Supreme Court reprieve would be "disappointing." "It's crazy they keep appealing, appealing," he said last week of his lawyers' efforts. "I've explained it to them many times. I guess they want to get paid for appealing." Lopez was properly examined by a psychologist, testified at a federal court hearing about his desire to drop appeals and was found to have no mental defects, state attorneys said in opposing delays in the punishment.

Alexander had been a police officer for 20 years. His death came during a chase that began just past midnight on March 11, 2009, after Lopez was pulled over by another officer for running a stop sign in a Corpus Christi neighborhood. Authorities say Lopez was driving around 60 mph. Lopez struggled with the officer who made the stop and then fled. He rammed several patrol cars, drove at a high speed with his lights off and hit Alexander like "a bullet and a target," said an officer who testified at Lopez's 2010 trial.

When finally cornered by patrol cars, Lopez used his SUV as a battering ram trying to escape and wasn't brought under control until he was shot, officers testified. "It's a horrible dream," Lopez said from death row. "I've replayed it in my mind many times." Deputies found a dozen packets of cocaine and a small scale in a false compartment in the console of the SUV. Records show Lopez was on probation at the time after pleading guilty to indecency with a child in Galveston County and was a registered sex offender. He had other arrests for assault.

Lopez would be the 10th inmate executed this year in Texas. Nationally, 18 prisoners have been put to death this year, with Texas accounting for 50 percent of them.

On Tuesday, another death row prisoner, Tracy Beatty, 54, received a reprieve from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He had been scheduled for lethal injection Thursday. He's on death row for the 2003 slaying of his 62-year-old mother, Carolyn Click, near Tyler in East Texas.

At least seven other Texas inmates have execution dates in the coming months.

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 54-year-old East Texas man set to die this week for his mother's slaying more than 11 years ago has won a reprieve from Texas' highest criminal court.

Tracy Beatty had been scheduled for lethal injection Thursday evening for the death of 62-year-old Carolyn Click in November 2003. Beatty recently had been paroled.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, in a brief order Tuesday, stopped the execution pending further orders from the court. It gave no timetable.

Click's body was found buried near her trailer home outside Tyler in Smith County. By then, Beatty already was in jail on auto theft and weapons charges. His attorneys argued Beatty had deficient legal help at his 2004 trial and during early appeals and that prosecutors used improper testimony at his trial.

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