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  1. #1
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    Jan 2007
    heaven bound

    TX - Dep. Paul Habelt, 63, & Dep. Tony Ogburn, 61, shot to death, 17 May 2007

    PAYNE SPRINGS, Texas — Two Henderson County sheriff's deputies were shot and killed and another was wounded Thursday afternoon while responding to a domestic disturbance near this East Texas town.
    The shooting occurred just hours after the deputies had participated in the county's peace officers memorial to honor those slain in the line of duty, sheriff's Lt. Pat McWilliams said.
    McWilliams said the gunman also was shot and taken to a hospital. He did not know the man's condition. A woman who was in the home was not injured and was being interviewed by Texas Rangers.
    "We've got to work the crime scene as gruesome as it is," he told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW.
    McWilliams said the wounded deputy's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
    Rebecca Berkley, spokeswoman for East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, said the hospital had been advised to expect two patients. She had no immediate conditions on the two people.
    One of the officers killed was in uniform and the other was a plain clothes investigator, McWilliams said. (more at link)

  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Gah, that's horrible!

  3. #3
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    Dec 2004
    Central Texas
    My dh and I watched this news story this morning....what a tight knit community too!

    SO SAD! I hope he rots...


  4. #4
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    Oct 2005
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    That so sad and horrible. Seems to be happening a lot lately.
    Find Brian Shaffer!!

    Janet Christiansen, Kaiden, and Family, justice WILL prevail!


    ~*Cancel my subscription, I'm THROUGH with your issues*~

  5. #5
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    May 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by Angels_Not_Forgotten View Post
    That so sad and horrible. Seems to be happening a lot lately.

    This is exactly why police really hate to go out on domestic violence calls.

  6. #6
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    Apr 2013
    From January 2015:


    The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to consider an appeal from an East Texas man who’s facing execution... The justices made no comment Monday in turning down the appeal from Randall Wayne Mays...

    Mays was convicted of slaying sheriff's deputy Tony Ogburn. A second officer, Paul Habelt, also was killed and a third was wounded.

  7. #7
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    Aug 2015
    Randall Mays is on death row for killing two sheriff's deputies. Scott Panetti was sentenced to die for killing his estranged wife's parents. And a jury condemned Robert Roberson for killing his 2-year-old daughter.

    Beyond being on Texas’ death row, the three share another common thread: their attorneys are challenging whether the criminal justice process addresses the issue of mental illness fairly and comprehensively when weighing the death penalty for killers.

    In each case, trial prosecutors and attorneys for the state have argued the men intentionally killed their victims and understand why they were convicted and sentenced to death, a constitutional benchmark before the condemned can be executed.

    But attorneys for the men argue that although their clients are killers, their documented mental health histories could negate the intentional killing argument and therefore raise the question of whether execution is cruel and unusual punishment. Though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can't execute the intellectually disabled, an exact legal definition of that condition remains open to debate. Any of these three cases could ultimately help clarify that issue for others in similar situations.

  8. #8
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    Oct 2014
    Mays found competent to be executed


    Randall Wayne Mays was found competent to be executed this week.

    On May 17, 2007, Randall Wayne Mays took the life Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Ogburn and Investigator Paul Habelt, and seriously injured Deputy Kevin Harris.

    The District Attorney intends to file a motion for the Court to set an execution date, but anticipates that before it is carried out, Mays will make a motion that the Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) review Judge Clayton’s order and enter a judgment of whether to adopt the order, findings and recommendations.

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