Carroll Joe Parr, whose childhood neglect and abuse were extreme even by death-row standards, is slated to be put to death Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by the State of Texas. His would be the 497th Texas execution in the modern death-penalty era. No other state comes close for volume. Second-place Virginia has executed 110.
CARROLL JOE PARR grew up in poverty so extreme, he was often given baked dirt to eat. His sister once tried to kill him. Texas plans to execute Parr for the shooting death of a man in a drug deal outside a North Waco convenience store in 2003. Parr and his fall partner, Earl Whiteside, were accused of approaching two men sitting in a car, forcing them to the side of the building at gunpoint, and robbing and shooting them. One victim survived. Whiteside testified against Parr and received a 15-year sentence on a plea to aggravated robbery. Parr’s would be the 497th Texas execution in the modern death-penalty era.
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