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TX: Arthur Brown Jr., -The execution STAYED
Mon Oct 28, 2013 16:10

Tuscaloosa man's execution delayed in Texas slayings

Man was set to die on Tuesday in 1992 murder case

This gurney is used for executions in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice unit in Huntsville, Texas.
File | Pat Sullivan | The Associated Press
By Stephanie Taylor
Staff Writer | The Tuscaloosa News

Published: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Last Modified: Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Tuscaloosa man who was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday hopes his life will be spared because of a new Texas law.

Arthur Brown Jr., 43, was scheduled to be executed in Texas for the 1992 execution-style killings of four people in Houston.

The execution is in limbo after attorneys filed an appeal that will allow further scientific testing, based on a law passed in the spring.

The legislation that went into effect Sept. 1 allows Texas courts to overturn convictions in cases in which the forensic science that originally led to the verdict has been discredited by scientific advancements.

Brown and two other men restrained and shot a man who had sold them cocaine, along with three others, at a Houston home. The victims included a woman who was seven months pregnant.

Authorities said victim Jose Tovar had been acting as a middle-man between cocaine and marijuana suppliers and the three defendants from Tuscaloosa.

The three men went to Tovar’s home on June 20, 1992, where they used towels or bedsheets to tie the victims’ hands behind their backs and put nooses around their necks. Six victims were taken to separate rooms and shot in the head. Two survived.

The victims included Tovar, his wife’s son, Frank Farias, 17; Farias’ pregnant girlfriend Jessica Quinones, 19; and Audrey Brown, 21, a neighbor who had stopped by to visit.

Survivors included friend Nicholas Cortez, 22, and Tovar’s wife, Rachel Tovar, who crawled to a neighbor’s house for help.


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