Two ARRESTED At TEXAS EXECUTION
Chaos erupted outside Texas’ death chamber when the son of the condemned inmate pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his final words.
Billie Wayne Coble, a Vietnam War veteran who killed his estranged wife’s parents and brother and threated to do the same to her in 1989, told five witnesses he selected to attend his Thursday night execution that he loved them. Coble then nodded as they watched from a witness room, saying: “Take care.”
When he finished speaking, his son, grandson and daughter-in-law became emotional, and the men swung and kicked at others in the death chamber witness area. Officers stepped in but said the men continued to resist and were eventually moved to a courtyard, where both were handcuffed and arrested.
“Why are you doing this?” the woman asked. “They just killed his daddy.”
The Vietnam War veteran was convicted in 1989 of killing Robert and Zelda Vicha and their son Bobby.
Coble had previously kidnapped his then-wife, Karen Vicha, apparently distraught over their pending divorce.
He was released on bail before killing her family members nine days later.
At his execution, his son and grandson allegedly began swearing and kicking other people in the witness room, with Gordon Wayne allegedly pounding on the window of the chamber.
Officers intervened and took them outside where they were charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Coble was once described by a prosecutor as having “a heart full of scorpions”.
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