Texas Executions 2018: Second Convicted Killer Put to Death This Week
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS – September 28, 2018
A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for running over his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago. It was the state's second execution this week.
Daniel Acker was sentenced to die in 2001 after he was found guilty of strangling his 32-year-old girlfriend, Marquette George, and shoving her from a moving vehicle.
After the fatal incident, Acker flagged down police, telling officers that George had jumped from his truck.
After Acker’s trial, the state abandoned the theory that Acker had strangled his girlfriend. He has maintained his innocence, and his attorneys have claimed George jumped from the car on her own, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said that the lethal dose was administered at 6:11 p.m. He was pronounced dead 14 minutes later at 6:25 p.m.
The 46-year-old Acker became the 18th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 10th given a lethal injection in Texas, the nation's busiest capital punishment state.
Acker also was the second Texas inmate put to death in two days. Troy Clark received lethal injection Wednesday for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel.
Troy Clark, 51, who was sentenced to death in 2000 for drowning Christina Muse and then stuffing her body into a barrel of lime, maintained his innocence before his execution.
“I’m not the one that killed Christina, so whatever makes y’all happy,” Clark said, according to the Houston Chronicle. His final words were, “I love y’all. I’ll see you on the other side. Y’all be good. OK Warden I’m ready.”
The executions of Acker and Clark were the first time in nearly six years that Texas put to death inmates on consecutive days.
At least eight other Texas inmates have planned execution dates in the coming months, as well as two more set for early 2019. The remaining executions this year are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee.