Cannady execution date set
Jul 30, 2008 | 971 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former McConnell prisoner convicted of beating his cellmate to death with a steel lock attached to a belt in 1993 is to be executed in November.

Visiting District Court Judge Ronald Yeager set Rogelio Cannady’s execution date for Nov. 6.

Cannady was serving a life term at the McConnell Unit when he killed a 55-year-old man who shared his cell, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The grisly slaying took place on Oct. 10, 1993, inside a medium custody housing area at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. Cannady was 21 at the time. He is now 36.

“The victim, who was Cannady’s cellmate, was beaten with a steel lock attached to a belt and kicked repeatedly in the head with steel-toed boots by Cannady,” according to the TDCJ.

“The victim, who was serving a 15-year sentence for murder from Tarrant County, died two days later. Cannady was the first Texas prison inmate to be prosecuted under a 1993 statute that allows for capital murder convictions if the offender is serving 99 years or life as a result of previous murder convictions.”

Cannady was convicted in Cameron County of robbery, murder with a deadly weapon, and murder. Cannady was in prison serving his sentence at the time of his capital offense.

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