David Lee Powell Executed in Texas For Ralph Ablanedo Murder
David Lee Powell Was Executed in Texas June 15 2010 For 1978 Shooting
David Lee Powell was the longest serving inmate executed in Texas after the state introuced executions in 1982. He was convicted in 1978 for the shooting death of then 26-year-old Austin police officer Ralph Ablanedo during a traffic stop. He was tried twice since the death penalty came in to effect and was sentenced to death both times, in 1991 and 1999.
Powell was 27-years-old when he shot Ablandeo using an assault rifle, and 32 years later he died by lethal injection. He was the 13th person executed this year in Texas.
He appealed his death sentence a number of times, with his defense team saying that his much improved behavior on death row showed that he was not the same man who committed that crime over three decades ago. He is also one of the longest imprisoned to be put to death in the United States.
In 2008, a prisoner in Georgia was executed after spending more than 33 years on death row.
David Lee Powell did not make a final statement and was pronounced dead at 6:19pm.