Marvin Wilson Executed: Texas Puts Man With 61 IQ To Death

 After reading this, the sick feeling I’m experiencing in the pit of my stomach, prevents me from adequately expressing my thoughts…

NEW YORK — Texas authorities executed Marvin Wilson, a 54-year-old death row inmate, on Tuesday night after his attorneys failed to convince state and federal courts that he was mentally retarded and ineligible for the death penalty under a 2002 Supreme Court ruling. Wilson was declared dead at 6:27 p.m. local time. He cried out to his gathered family members as he expired, Texas officials said. “Give mom a hug for me and tell her that I love her,” Wilson said. “Take me home, Jesus. Take me home, Lord,” he continued. “I ain’t left yet, must be a miracle. I am a miracle.”

The Supreme Court late in the afternoon rejected without comment a last-ditch appeal by Wilson’s lawyers, clearing the way for his death by lethal injection. The appeal cited a 2004 psychological exam that pegged Wilson’s IQ at just 61. The Texas benchmark for mental retardation is an IQ of about 70 or less.

School records showed Wilson fared poorly in school, earning Ds and Fs in special education classes, and failing 7th grade. Family members testified that Wilson was called “dummy” and “retard” by other children when he was a boy, and struggled with basic tasks that include tying his shoes, counting money and mowing the lawn.

According to his sister, Wilson sucked his thumb into his 20s. His cousin, Beverly Walters, said Wilson was constantly teased about his intelligence as a boy. “The other kids in school would always call Marvin dummy,” Walters said in 2003.

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7 comments on “Marvin Wilson Executed: Texas Puts Man With 61 IQ To Death

  1. This is why I am against the death penalty. The Scriptures do indicate that the earthly government has the right to execute, but any system is flawed. If Karla Faye Tucker cannot get a reprieve, then what’s the point? Texas seems to revel is such events. And sadly, there are many believers who energetically embrace the execution system and almost view prisoners as animals. In 1979 Florida executed its first inmate since the law became effective once again. A local Baptist church held a celebration that Sunday morning. Christianity continues to deconstruct.

    • The Scriptures do indicate that the earthly government has the right to execute, but any system is flawed. If Karla Faye Tucker cannot get a reprieve, then what’s the point?

      True. I recall the case and circumstances surrounding Karla Faye Tucker’s execution. The other Texas case which stuck in my mind was that of Terry Washington. The circumstances surrounding that case were very similar to those of Marvin Wilson: Washington was severely mentally handicapped with the mind of (and capabilities of) a 7 year old. See Death in Texas

      In 1979 Florida executed its first inmate since the law became effective once again. A local Baptist church held a celebration that Sunday morning. Christianity continues to deconstruct.

      Christians coming together in order to celebrate death… how disgusting. 😦

      It stands in stark contrast to how the Amish community reacted to the schoolhouse massacre in 06.

  2. This is a highly biased article. Lower courts agreed with state attorney’s who argued that the claim of diminished capacity was based on a single faulty test and was not supported by other tests and assessments of him over the years. Edward Marshall, a Texas assistant attorney general, said records show Wilson habitually gave less than full effort and “was manipulative and deceitful when it suited his interest,”

    This man had a long criminal history which included drug dealing, violent robbery and assault. At the time of this crime he was on probation after having served 4 years of a 20 year sentence for armed robbery. That was his 2nd armed robbery conviction as an adult.

    This man was guilty and deserved the sentence he got. If he truly came to repentance before his death I am grateful to the Lord but I am not sorry that justice has finally been served

  3. The tragedy here begins much earlier in life. People with these sorts of disabilities deserve far more care and support than our society even begins to provide. If families and communities are unable to care for these people, it should be the OBLIGATION of the states to step in and provide proper care. It is extremely obvious that, in this case, that never happened and likely never happens in a multitude of similar cases. I consider myself EXTREMELY blessed to live in a community that provides an unusual amount of support and caring for people with these kinds of disabilities. When I am commuting back and forth from work in the mornings on public transit, I am often joined by groups of these people being escorted by caring overseers to outings at the bowling alley or the shopping mall or wherever. The point is that in my community we have locally funded programs that assist families in caring for people like this and making sure that those who are vulnerable are protected from the potential torment from the often cruel society that surrounds them. This has been a new experience for me, because in places I have lived before, I have not observed this sort of support structure. Obviously Texans as a whole do not value or care for these precious souls. It is just so amazing that people are willing to march in the streets to protect fetuses, but when it comes to those older ones who are just as helpless and vulnerable, where is the compassion and the outrage?

  4. As a Texas resident, I spent the majority of my life as a proponent of the death penalty. That has all changed for me.

    After reading a book called “Autobigraphy of an Execution”, I began to investigate things for myself. As time has went on I learned just how many people have been sentenced with death who were later exonerated by clear ecidence, a few right here in Texas.

    As a general rule, most of my Christian bretheren are very pro death penalty. Yet the Bible says that an innocent man should not be put to death. Because of the politicalization of District Attorney offices here in Texas, it’s in the best interest of those seeking re-election to be “tough on crime”. Because of politics, many innocent people were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. I cannot any longer support a system that would put an innocent man to death.

  5. I really feel compelled to jump in here in support of Steve. By saying what he has said, he has kind of made himself the bad guy here, the devil’s advocate one might say. But he makes a very good point also. Additionally, there are MANY people with low IQs who are very brutalized by society who NEVER go out and commit crimes. So we DO have to try to keep things in balance even though it might go against what we strongly feel. My counter point to Steve would be, of course, that we could be doing things a WHOLE lot better in a way that would prevent things like this from ever happening. I, like Steve, support the concept of capital punishment ie the death penalty. But I see a huge problem with the idea that the death penalty is the solution for violent crime. I also see a huge problem with a criminal justice system whereby the defense is officially chartered with the task of trying to get the accused exonerated EVEN THOUGH that defense team might KNOW that the accused is in fact guilty. AND, of course, that brings up a common practice, especially in states like Texas, where the prosecutor is charged with the task of trying to get the accused CONVICTED and PUNISHED even though the prosecutor might KNOW that the accused is innocent. Of course, this is NOT supposed to happen, even in states like Texas. But it does happen and IS happening, EVEN IN CAPITAL CASES, and it is a terrible mark on our justice system in this country. Any prosecutor engaging in this type of behavior should face SEVERE penalties. But all two many get themselves off the hook by simply claiming that they “believed” the person was guilty, so they took whatever action necessary to “make sure” they were convicted, even if that means planting evidence, withholding evidence, whatever. That sort of practice is horrifying and should NEVER be tolerated by society. So what I am trying to say is that, while I agree with Steve in many ways, the surrounding problem is just so huge and complex. We have a LONG ways to go in this country before we truly acheive “liberty and justice for all”.

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