Convicted cop killer Jeffrey Demond Williams was put to death in Huntsville Thursday evening for the fatal shooting of Houston Police Officer Troy Blando. The 39-year-old Blando was gunned down outside a Houston motel on May 19,1999 while he was arresting Williams in an auto theft sting. "Blando had put handcuffs on one of the hands of Williams when (the suspect) used his other hand to reach into his waistband, pull out a pistol and fire a fatal shot," says Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Williams claimed he didn't know Blando was a cop, and shot him in self-defense.
However, the 37-year-old Williams took a much-different tone in his final statement just before he received a lethal injection. With a group of law enforcement officers watching from a witness room, Clark says Williams launched into a defiant diatribe. "He stared straight ahead and said 'you clown police, you gotta stop killing innocent kids...when I kill one or pop one, ya'll want to kill me,'" described Clark. Williams went on to say, "God has a plan for everything, you hear. I love everyone that loves me...I ain't got no love for anyone that don't love me." He was pronounced dead minutes later. There were no personal witnesses present for Williams or Blando.
Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers Union, was among those present. Afterward, he said of Williams, "the fact that to the end he continued to ridicule police officers shows what a thug he was...I have no sympathy for him. I have sympathy for his family, but not for him." The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Williams' final appeal less than an hour before he went to the death chamber. He is the sixth person executed in Texas this year.