WACO, Texas (AP) — A state district judge in Waco has set a May 7 execution date for convicted killer Carroll Joe Parr.
The 35-year-old Parr told family members, some of them crying as he was being led from Judge Matt Johnson's courtroom Monday, that death was "a prize" and urged them not to cry.
Parr was condemned for the 2003 robbery and slaying of 18-year-old Joel Dominguez during a drug deal. Another man was wounded in the shooting.
McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna says the date setting moves justice one step forward for the families of Parr's victims.
The U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to review Parr's case. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports (bit.ly/UUTjhb) he was known on the streets of Waco as "Outlaw."
Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com