Texas Executes Its Oldest Inmate After Over 30 Years on Death Row
Texas does not hold the record for oldest inmate to be put to death, but the execution of Carl Wayne Buntion comes close.
The 78-year-old inmate was executed Thursday at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for killing Houston police officer James Irby during a traffic stop nearly 32 years ago.
Buntion was also the first inmate to be executed in Texas in 2022. There has only been three executions in the last two years, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic and other legal delays. Buntion became the oldest person Texas has put to death since the Supreme Court lifted its ban on capital punishment in 1976, according to KWTX. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a final plea to pause the execution on Thursday afternoon.
Carl Wayne Buntion's Last Words
Buntion expressed remorse, and spoke at length apologizing for his crime. He was joined by his spiritual adviser and began praying Psalm 23 as the drugs began to take effect. He was pronounced dead at 6:39 p.m.
James Irby's Widow
Maura Irby, the widow of slain officer James Irby, watched Buntion's execution and said she felt joy and relief, according to KHOU.
Oldest Person Executed
The oldest inmate to be executed in the United States was Walter Moody Jr., who was 83 years old when he was put to death in Alabama in 2018 after spending over 20 years on death row.
Moody was convicted of mailing a bomb in 1989 that killed U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert Vance and another that killed Georgia civil rights attorney Robert Robinson.