This week, 40-years-old Robert Wayne Harris became the eighth inmate in Texas to be executed. He was found guilty of killing five separate people twelve years ago at a car wash in Dallas. His story, however, goes all the way back to when he was sent to prison while 18-years-old after being found guilty for burglary and several other charges. While there, he was considered a troublesome inmate – accused of setting fire to his cell, assaulting and threatening others, as well as involvement with drug deals and sexual misconduct.
Upon release, he went to work for the car wash, where he worked for 10 months. He was then fired for the fact that he had been caught revealing himself to a female customer in an inappropriate manner. At the beginning of the following work week, Harris was accused of showing up at the car wash before they opened and demanding that the safe be opened. He then pulled a gun and shot the manager, the cashier, as well as the assistant who had been the one to fire him. He later shot three more, two of which were killed.
After he was arrested, Harris was tried for murder for the assistant and the cashier. While he was charged for the homicide of the three other employees, he was not tried for them. Later, he confessed to the multiple murders that occurred at his former place of employment – he even led police to the remains of a woman who had been missing for four months. He was charged with capital murder for her, but never tried.
The trial lawyers who had been representing Harris stated that throughout the process, it was their primary goal to get him a life sentence. Even after conviction, the lawyers filed appeals, stating that Harris should be spared from the execution on grounds of mental impairment. They also brought up issues in the trial, arguing that the prosecutors removed all black prospective jurors who may have helped their case. Regardless, on Thursday, September 20, Harris was executed through lethal injection.
At the D'Amore Law Firm, we recognize how daunting criminal cases involving murder and capital punishment can be. In fact, we are extremely well-versed in the area of the law. Our founding attorney Thomas A. D'Amore spent 19 years working at the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. With over 23 years of legal experience, he had been involved in over 401 successful jury trials. That involved over 16 cases of capital murder. As a former prosecutor, he has in-depth understanding of how the other side thinks and is thus able to build a more comprehensive defense. If you or a loved one has been arrested and you would like to discuss your case with an experienced legal professional, please contact our firm today.