King Gets Death Sentence

On February 25, 1999, convicted killer William King received a death sentence.  It took jurors less than 3 hours to decide on the penalty for the White Supremacist that killed James Byrd Jr. He became the first white man on Texas' death row condemned for killing a black person since the death penalty was re-instated in the 1970's.

William King would later in August of 2000 ask to drop his appeal.  He stated in a letter to the Jasper County District Clerk that said "to put it mildly, I simply don't care to pursue these cases any longer."

The only problem with his request is that under Texas law, all death penalty verdicts must be appealed, even if the convicted killer doesn't want the appeal.