Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' Set to Be First US Execution of 2018

Anthony Shore confessed to 4 killings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2018 3:44 AM CST
Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' Set to Be First US Execution of 2018
This photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Anthony Allen Shore. Shore, a Houston-area sex offender who was convicted of killing a young woman and confessed to three more strangling deaths, is set for lethal injection in Texas on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.   (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)

A man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims more than two decades ago is set to become the nation's first prisoner executed in 2018. Texas prison officials are scheduled to give Anthony Allen Shore, 55, a lethal injection Thursday evening for the 1992 strangling of a 21-year-old woman whose body was dumped in the drive-thru of a Dairy Queen in Houston, the AP reports. Shore's lawyers argued in failed appeals last year that he suffered brain damage early in life that went undiscovered by his trial attorneys and affected Shore's decision to disregard their advice when he told his trial judge he wanted the death penalty. Some 23 killers were executed in the US last year, seven of them in Texas.

In 1998, Shore received eight years' probation for sexually assaulting two relatives. Five years later, he was arrested for the 1992 slaying of Maria del Carmen Estrada after a tiny particle recovered from under her fingernail was matched to his DNA. "I didn't set out to kill her," he told police in a taped interview played at his 2004 trial. "That was not my intent. But it got out of hand." He also confessed to killing three others, a 9-year-old and two teenagers. All four of his victims were Hispanic. At least three had been raped. Jurors also heard from three women who testified he raped them. His execution was set for last October but was delayed for an investigation after another Texas death row inmate, Larry Swearingen, concocted a scheme to get Shore to take responsibility for his case.

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