Office of the Attorney General News Release ArchiveWednesday, November 1, 2000
Stacey Lamont Lawton Scheduled To Be Executed
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Stacey Lamont Lawton who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 2000.
Lawton was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering 47-year-old Dennis Price.
Lawton gunned down Price in his front yard on Christmas Eve of 1992, as he was breaking into Price's truck looking for property to steal. Lawton and his two co-defendants, Karlos Fields and Carlos Black had been involved in a crime spree on December 23rd and 24th of 1992, where they broke into and stole property from numerous cars in Price's neighborhood and around Smith County. The murder of Dennis Price was part of that crime spree.
In the early morning hours of December 24th, 1992, Lawton and co-defendant Carlos Black approached Price's truck and began to burglarize it. Price's daughter heard Lawton and Black and alerted Price to what was happening. When Price came out of his house, Lawton shot him in the chest with a shotgun he had stolen in an earlier burglary. Lawton and Black then ran back to the stolen truck they were in and fled the scene. Price died in his daughter's arms as she was trying to give him CPR.
Lawton and his co-conspirators were caught by police after a high speed chase. A witness described the stolen truck that fled from the crime scene and a DPS trooper later caught the group and arrested them.
Lawton told police that Karlos Fields and Carlos Black were cousins and that as they all discussed carrying out the crime spree, Fields and Black openly agreed to not tell on each other, only Lawton, if something happened.
PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY
11/16/00 Johnny Paul Penry (Polk County)
12/05/00 Gary Dean Miller (Jones County)
12/06/00 Daniel Joe Hittle (Dallas County)
12/07/00 Claude Howard Jones (San Jacinto County)
01/09/01 Jack Wade Clark (Lubbock County)
01/18/01 Alvin Goodwin (Montgomery County)
01/22/01 Steven Anthony Butler (Harris County)
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