Execution in Texas

Louisiana ex-con executed for 2003 Texas killing

 IMAGE: This handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Donnie Roberts.

AP Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety. IMAGE: This handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Donnie Roberts.
 By: Michael Graczyk        
A Louisiana parole violator was set to die Wednesday for killing his girlfriend Vicki Bowen at her home in Lake Livingston, Texas, in 2003.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Donnie Lee Roberts, convicted in his girlfriend’s 2003 slaying in Texas, was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting the woman and taking items from her home to sell or trade to support his drug habit.

Roberts, 41, became the 12th inmate to be put to death this year in the nation’s most active capital punishment state. He was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. CDT. His lethal injection came after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case earlier this week, and no additional appeals were filed to try to block the execution.

Roberts was condemned for the fatal shooting of Vicki Bowen, 44, at her East Texas home. At the time of his arrest for the October 2003 killing, Roberts had violated his probation for a robbery conviction in Louisiana by fleeing to Texas after dropping out of a drug treatment program. [Read More]

Texas Animal Health Commission Modifies Entry Requirements for Cervids

To all EWA members, please take note of the new entry requirements for the importation of Sika and Red Deer into the state of Texas. This is for the interstate movement of these species. The intrastate movement of these two species are not affected at this time but will certainly be addressed in the future.

Charly Seale Executive Director

TAHC Modifies Entry Requirements Effective Immediately for Cervids

AUSTIN -The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced that effective immediately it is has determined that Red deer (Cervus elaphus), and Sika deer (Cervus nippon) are “susceptible species” for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)and thereforemust meet the same entry requirements as other cervid species regulated by the agency such as elk and moose. The new entry rules for Red deer and Sika deer will require they originate from herds with at least five years of participation in a herd certification program from states where CWD has been detected, and at least three years participation in programs from states that have not found CWD thus far.

The agency decision was based in part on the disclosure that a farmed Red deer herd in Minnesota was confirmed positive for CWD in May of this year. Further, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an interim final CWD rule on June 8, which designates Sika deer and Red deer as susceptible species. The USDA rule is intended to establish minimum requirements for interstate movement of deer, elk, moose, and other susceptible cervids, and to also establish a national CWD certification program. [Read More]

Texas Deer Association Endorses New Model


Texas Deer Association Endorses New ‘Texas Model’ for Wildlife


SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Deer Association (TDA) is proud to announce its endorsement of the newly introduced ‘Texas Model,’ the first wildlife model specifically published for the state’s successful combination of wildlife management needs and private land ownership.

The new 21st Century Landowner Guide Texas Model was a collaborative work by five of the most respected wildlife professionals in Texas — Macy Ledbetter, Robert Zaiglin, Mickey Hellickson, Horace Gore and Dr. James Kroll — who possess more than 170 years of combined professional experience managing wildlife on public and private property in Texas. These authors brought this collective work to a recent TDA Board of Directors meeting and the Board so endorsed the Texas Model. [Read More]

Price of Deer Corn Expected To Climb This Fall

By Steve Knight Outdoor Writer
If deer hunting wasn’t already expensive enough, the price of corn could be skyrocketing out of sight.
Considering Texas hunters buy an estimated 500 million pounds a year, a dollar or two difference in the price of a bag of corn can mean a significant amount of money.
The price has already gotten so high in recent years that some stores are trying to camouflage it by downsizing to 40-pound bags. The price per pound works out the same, but if you are only buying a couple bags at a time it doesn’t hurt as much.
Drought is the issue once again. Not in Texas, but then Texas only produces about 2 percent of the nation’s corn crop.
It is drought conditions in the Midwest that have created the worst corn production in 25 years, pushing corn prices to record highs. On Monday wholesale corn was selling for $8.13 a bushel or about 56 pounds. That is up 26 cents from the previous high set in 2011. [Read More]