Texas killer Anthony Shore set to die Wednesday night

Anthony Shore. Photo Courtesy: UPI
 Oct. 18 (UPI) — Convicted Houston serial killer Anthony Shore will be executed Wednesday for a series of homicides he committed decades ago, now that his appeals have run out.

Shore, known as the “Tourniquet Killer,” was convicted and sentenced to death in 2004 after confessing to the murders of four females between the ages of 9 and 21 in the 1980s and 1990s.

Shore’s killing spree began with 14-year-old Laurie Tremblay in 1986, followed by Maria del Carmen Estrada, 21, in 1992. Nine-year-old Diana Rebollar followed in 1994 and 16-year-old Diana Sanchez a year later.

One teenage managed to escape after she was attacked in her home in 1993.

Shore — 41 at the time of his arrest and was on probation for the sexual assault of two young family members — told authorities during interrogation that he had an “evilness” in him that he believed could be released through killing people and that he would feel better after killing.

Prosecutors used DNA evidence to link Shore to one of the crimes.

Shore’s defense team attempted recently to cite a traumatic brain injury he received in a 1981 car accident as a reason to stop the execution — arguing that people with brain injuries having decreased reasoning skills and culpability.

Those appeals were rejected.

“His crimes were predatory, and his victims the most vulnerable in society – women and children,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said after his execution date was set.

“For his brutal acts, the death penalty is appropriate.”

Shore will be put to death by lethal injection Wednesday evening, barring intervention if his attorneys file a last-minute request for a stay.


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