‘I don’t want to leave you baby’: a Texas inmate’s last words to his wife before he was executed

A death row inmate who strangled his mother to death and buried her body in their backyard thanked his wife, who watched him die, in his last words before he was executed by lethal injection.

‘I don’t want to leave you baby. See you when you get there. I love you,” Tracy Beatty, 61, told his wife before receiving a lethal injection Wednesday night at 6:39 p.m.

Texas executed Beatty after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against blocking his murder.

He died in front of his current wife, ex-wife and two of his daughters.

His death was confirmed shortly after 7 pm CT by Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

Asked if he wanted to say any final words, Beatty said, “Yeah, I just want to say thank you… I don’t want to leave you baby.” See you when you get there. Love you.

‘Thank you to all my brothers in the unit for all the encouragement to help me make my life right. Sunny, Blue, I love you brothers. See you on the other side.’

She also told her daughters ‘I love you’, before taking her last breath.

Beatty’s wife at the time of his death was an Israeli woman, whom he met writing letters. The two were married on October 25 in a ceremony at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, where she served 18 years of her sentence.

His execution was controversial: Beatty’s lawyers never contested the murder charges, but contested the death penalty because they argued that he suffered from mental illness.

Tracy Beatty, 61, was executed Wednesday night for strangling his mother to death and burying her body in their backyard in 2003.

Tracy Beatty, 61, was executed Wednesday night for strangling his mother to death and burying her body in their backyard in 2003.

The director of the Death Penalty Information Center confirmed Beatty's death shortly after 7 pm CT.

The director of the Death Penalty Information Center confirmed Beatty’s death shortly after 7 pm CT.

Beatty buried the body of her mother Carolyn Click (pictured), 62, in the backyard next to her mobile home.

Beatty buried the body of her mother Carolyn Click (pictured), 62, in the backyard next to her mobile home.

Beatty became the fourth prisoner to be executed this year in Texas and the 13th in the United States. The final execution of the year in Texas is scheduled for next week.

Last week, Beatty said he wasn’t afraid of death.

I’ve already made my peace with the Man. So I know where I’m going,’ he told CBS19 from the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, where he spent most of his time in a cell plus two hours of recreation. I’ll be in a much better place than this.

He said his mother’s death was an accident. That’s why I’ve made my peace with the Man upstairs. I know I will see her again,’ he said.

Beatty buried the body of her mother Carolyn Click, 62, next to her mobile home about 115 miles southeast of Dallas, in a town called Whitehouse.

He then spent his money on drugs and alcohol, the state claims.

Corpse dogs eventually found her naked, contorted body in a small, shallow grave behind her yellow trailer home.

They buried her with mothballs and garlic and covered her with kitty litter and wood. Pantyhose had also been tied over her neck and face.

He received a lethal injection Wednesday night at the state's death row facility in Huntsville, dubbed the Walls Unit.

He received a lethal injection Wednesday night at the state’s death row facility in Huntsville, dubbed the Walls Unit.

Beatty’s attorneys also argued that he was ineligible for the death penalty because the act did not constitute capital murder.

Capital murder requires aggravating circumstances, such as killing a police officer or a child, or being in the process of committing another crime.

Beatty was convicted of capital murder because prosecutors argued that he killed his mother during a home robbery and that he had broken into her mobile home without her consent.

Beatty was staying with her mother in November 2003 after being placed on probation for intentionally harming her 18-month-old niece.

When he returned home after a day of drinking, he got into an argument with his mother, he told CBS19 last week. She then grabbed her by the neck and strangled her.

Beatty's lawyers have also tried to argue that he is mentally unfit and therefore the execution would be unconstitutional.

Beatty’s lawyers have also tried to argue that he is mentally unfit and therefore the execution would be unconstitutional.

Beatty claimed that he did not realize he had killed her until the next day.

A jury decided his fate in 2004 and since then his execution has been delayed three times.

His lawyers claimed that he was living with her at the time of the fight and therefore it could not have been a robbery.

Beatty had a “volatile and combative relationship” with her mother, according to prosecutors.

A neighbor testified during her trial that Click had told her the day he last saw her that he had told Beatty that day to move out after a fight.

Lieanna Wilkerson testified that Click told her that Beatty had assaulted her several times before, including once when he “beat her so severely he left her for dead.”

Wilkerson said that Click was still excited that Beatty was moving back in with her in October 2003 so they could repair their relationship.

‘Repeatedly [Beatty] He had said that he just wanted to shut her up, that he just wanted to throttle her and shut her up,” Wilkerson testified.

A jury decided Beatty's fate in 2004, but since then his execution has been delayed three times.  Wednesday was his fourth scheduled execution date.

A jury decided Beatty’s fate in 2004, but since then his execution has been delayed three times. Wednesday was his fourth scheduled execution date.

Beatty would become the fourth person executed by Texas this year.  Its final execution of the year is scheduled for next week.

Beatty would become the fourth person executed by Texas this year. Its final execution of the year is scheduled for next week.

Beatty’s lawyers have also tried to argue that he is mentally unfit and therefore the execution would be unconstitutional.

His lawyers had argued that he was being prevented from receiving a full examination to determine whether he had an intellectual disability and whether he was possibly ineligible for execution.

They requested that state prison officials allow Beatty to be uncuffed during mental health evaluations.

His experts argued that having Beatty uncuffed during the tests is crucial to assessing his mental health.

In their petition to the Supreme Court, Beatty’s lawyers said an expert who examined him found that he is “clearly psychotic and has a complex paranoid delusional belief system” and that he lives in a “complex delusional world.”

They also suggested that he believes there is a ‘huge conspiracy of correctional officers who… ‘torture’ him through a device in his ear so he can hear their threatening voices.’

Last week, US District Judge Charles Eskridge in Houston questioned why Beatty’s attorneys had not filed any claims related to his mental health during years of appeals, saying requiring handcuffs during such an evaluation is “simply a safety concern.” rational”.

Forensic psychiatrists Dr. Edward Gripon and Dr. Tynus McNeel testified that Beatty’s behavior was consistent with the ‘lifetime condition of antisocial personality disorder’.

However, they concluded that he did not suffer from mental illness “to a significant degree” and had an IQ of 100, “which places him in the middle of the population.”

Author: Shariq Mir

This is Shariq Mir years of experience in the field of journalism, Shariq Mir heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive Producer.

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