Robert Harris (Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Add this to the list of famous last words.
“God bless … the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers,” Robert Wayne Harris said, minutes before being put to death in Texas Thursday night after being convicted of execution-style killings at a car wash 12 years ago.
“Don’t worry about me. I’ll be alright,” the 40-year-old convicted murderer said before paying tribute to the American League pennant winners from a year ago.
Prosecutors said Harris, during a robbery at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving, Texas, on March 20, 2000, shot six employees, five fatally at close range, after forcing them to the floor. Harris was convicted in two of the deaths.
In his appeal, Harris, who is black, claimed that his rights were violated when prosecutors refused to seat blacks on his jury, leaving an all-white jury to return a guilty verdict.
Harris isn’t the first death row inmate to pronounce his love for sport. In 2007, before being put to death in Arizona, Robert Comer said “Go Raiders” on the gurney.