TEXAS (USA): ROBERT PRUETT EXECUTED
October 12, 2017:
October 12, 2017: Robert Pruett, 38, White, was executed. (Source: nbcdfw.com, 12/10/2017)
Pruett was given a lethal injection for the December 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle. Nagle was 37 when he was repeatedly stabbed with a makeshift knife in a Beeville prison.
His body was found in a pool of blood next to a torn-up disciplinary report he had written against Pruett. An autopsy showed he died from a heart attack that the assault caused. Prosecutors have said the attack stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich that Pruett wanted to take into a recreation yard against prison rules. At the time Pruett was 20, and was serving a 99-year sentence for participating with his father and a brother in the 1995 stabbing death of a 29-year-old neighbor, Raymond Yarbrough, at the man's trailer home in Channelview, just east of Houston.
Pruett was 15 when the attack happened. For that crime Pruett's father, Howard Pruett, is serving life in prison. His brother, Howard Pruett Jr., was sentenced to 40 years.
Pruett became the 6th prisoner put to death this year in Texas and the 544th since Texas resumed executions in 1982. Pruett became the 20th prisoner put to death this year in the U.S. and the 1,462nd in the United States since 1977.