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Harris Co. DA: Convicted killer of Houston police officer scheduled for second death sentence

District Attorney Kim Ogg says Carl Buntion killed Officer James Irby in 1990. He was sentenced to death before, but was later granted a new sentencing phase.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A man has been given another death sentence for the 1990 murder of a Houston police officer, according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

Attorney Ogg said Carl Wayne Buntion was originally sentenced to death in 1991 for the shooting death of Officer James Irby.

In June 1990, Buntion was riding in a car that was pulled over by Officer Irby. The District Attorney's Office said Buntion left the car and shot Irby in the head while he was talking to the driver. He then shot the officer twice in the back, then opened fire on others while running away.

Buntion was found in a nearby building shortly after.

According to the District Attorney's Office, his original execution was replaced by a new sentencing phase. But Buntion was re-sentenced to death for the same capital murder charge in 2012.

District Attorney Ogg announced that he is scheduled to be executed on April 21.

A judge approved prosecutors' request of the sentence during a hearing at the Criminal Justice Center.

“He shot a policeman in the head more than 30 years ago, and it is time that he be held accountable for his horrific crime,” Ogg said. “He robbed Officer Irby of his life and deprived the Irby family of a lifetime of memories with him; it is time for them to have justice.”

Ogg also says Carl Buntion was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang. According the Attorney's Office, he had 13 other felony convictions before the capital murder charge for Officer Irby's death.

Editor's Note: The following video was uploaded in 2014.

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