Texas dragging death killer gets death date

May 31, 2011 - 6:58 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — One of three men convicted for their involvement in the infamous East Texas dragging death 13 years ago has received an execution date.

A judge in Jasper County signed an order on Tuesday that sets Sept. 21 as the date 44-year-old Lawrence Russell Brewer will be put to death by lethal injection for killing James Byrd. Three white men chained the 49-year-old black man to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him to death on a country road near Jasper.

Brewer was one of the three convicted in the June 1998 case that shocked the nation for its brutality. Partner John William King also was sentenced to death and is awaiting an appeal. A third man, Shawn Berry, received life in prison.