Houston Cops Rev Motorcycle Engines As An Inmate Is Executed. Dozens of uniformed police gathered and revved their motorcycle engines outside a prison where a man was executed for killing an officer. Robert Jennings was sentenced to death for the July 1988 slaying of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore in Texas.
The 61-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:33pm on Wednesday. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Elston Howard's mother Era and Jennings' partner Evelyn Staus were among those present at Huntsville Unit before Jennings received a lethal injection. Outside on the street, dozens of uniformed police gathered and revved their motorcycle engines, sending up a noise that echoed into the death chamber. Houston Police officers also saluted to officer Elston Howard's mother and family as they walk into the Huntsville Unit on Wednesday to witness their loved one's killer's final moments.
According to the Houston Chronicle, he said in his final moments: 'Just briefly, to my friends and family, it was a nice journey. 'To the family of the police officer, I hope this finds you peace, and be well and stay safe. Enjoy life's moments because we never get them back.' Justice has been rendered and my family can finally have the closure we deserve,' Michael Agee, Howard's nephew and a current Houston officer, said after watching Jennings die. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, asked about the 30-plus years between the crime and the punishment, said he thought 'justice delayed is, to an extent, an injustice continued.' 'But when the state takes a life, there has to be a process,' Acevedo said. 'In this case, the day of reckoning is here. It's a solemn occasion.
For us it's a celebration of a life well-lived by Officer Howard. We're a family. That's why we're here.' He had lost a last-ditch appeal pending in the U.S. Supreme Court in which he argued that he suffered 'an improbable succession of bad lawyering.' In another appeal, he asked for a stay because the jury didn't properly consider reasons to give him a lesser sentence - things like his low IQ and show of remorse.