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Thursday, July 27, 2000


Brian Keith Roberson Scheduled to be Executed

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Brian Keith Roberson who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m.,Wednesday, August 9th.

Brian Keith Roberson was convicted and sentenced to death for the August 1986 murder of 79 year-old James Louis Boots. Roberson knocked on the door of Boots' home, which was across the street from his own house, entered the home and then stabbed James Louis Boots and his wife, 75-year-old Lillian Wallace Boots, to death with a knife. Before Roberson left the Boots' home, he ransacked the house and took jewelry.

A day later, Roberson was arrested and police found jewelry belonging to the Boots' in his possession. Roberson's bloody fingerprints were found inside the victims' home. Roberson gave a written confession to police admitting that he ransacked the house and stabbed both Mr. and Mrs. Boots.


  • Roberson gave a written confession to police admitting that he killed Mr. and Mrs. Boots and ransacked their house.
  • Police found Roberson wearing a necklace belonging to Mr. Boots when he was arrested.
  • Roberson's bloody fingerprints were found inside the Boots' home.


  • May 12, 1993 - Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Roberson's conviction and death sentence.
  • Nov. 8, 1993 - U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review.
  • Jan. 22, 1997 - Habeas Trial Court entered findings of fact and conclusions of law denying Roberson relief.
  • June 4, 1997 - Court of Criminal Appeals denied Roberson's application for relief, based on the trial court's decision.
  • June 19, 1997 - A Federal District Court stayed Roberson's execution scheduled for June 24, 1997.
  • June 3, 1998 - Roberson filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus.
  • July 28, 1999 - Federal District Court denied habeas relief .
  • Sept. 15, 1999 - Federal District Court denied Roberson permission to appeal.
  • April 5, 2000 - U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Roberson permission to appeal.
  • June 30, 2000 - Roberson filed certiorari petition with U.S. Supreme Court which is currently pending.
  • To date, Roberson's petition for clemency is pending with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.


Evidence was introduced during the punishment phase of Roberson's trial about his involvement in multiple burglaries, arson, sexual assault, possession of marijuana and the use of inhalants.


08/16/00 John T. Satterwhite (Bexar County)
08/22/00 Richard Wayne Jones (Tarrant County)
08/23/00 David Earl Gibbs (Montgomery County)
08/30/00 Jeffery Caldwell (Dallas County)
09/13/00 Miguel A. Richardson (Bexar County)
10/04/00 Stacey Lamont Lawton (Smith County)
11/01/00 Jeffrey Dillingham (Tarrant County)
11/08/00 Gary Wayne Etheridge (Brazoria County)
11/09/00 Miguel Angel Flores (Hutchinson County)
11/15/00 Tony Neyshea Chambers (Smith County)


If this execution is carried out, it will be the 228th execution since executions resumed in Texas in December 1982 and the 64th since Attorney General Cornyn took office.

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