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J. Hoskins

The Ellis County Press

HUNTSVILLE- Former Waxahachie resident, convicted murderer and gang member Leon "Pistol Pete" Dorsey was executed Tuesday evening by lethal injection.

Dorsey was convicted on two counts of Capitol Murder in May 2000 and sentenced to die for the robbery-slaying of two Dallas Blockbuster Video employees in April 1994.

In that brutal crime, James Armstrong, 26, along with Brad Lindsey, 20, were killed, after one of the employees was unable to open the store’s safe. That robbery netted Dorsey $392 from the cash register.

At the time of the confession in 1998 to Dallas Police, Dorsey was serving a 60-year sentence for the September 1994 robbery-murder of an Ennis convenience store owner.

In that crime, a 51-year-old female was killed during a robbery at a food store in Ennis. Dorsey. That crime occurred just five months after the slaying at Blockbuster Video.

Dallas Police, at the time, did not believe Dorsey could have committed the Blockbuster robbery.

However, after sending a surveillance tape to the FBI, determined that Dorsey could in fact, be the shooter. Dorsey’s girlfriend told police that he had bragged about the crime.

According to police reports, Dorsey was the focus of Waxahachie police at age 12, when he began to start his own street gang.

According to a press release detailing Dorsey’s criminal history and past, they published the following in a statement dated August 5:

"Five months after committing the Blockbuster killings, Dorsey killed a convenience store clerk during a robbery in Ennis, Texas. Dorsey pled guilty to the murder and was sentenced to sixty years in prison.

While in prison, Dorsey attempted to stab another inmate.

During an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Dorsey admitted to "possibly" killing as many as nine people, "more or less."

At fourteen, Dorsey took a gun to school and discharged it in a classroom.

At fifteen, Dorsey lived on an Air Force base and committed several property crimes, including a residential robbery, a theft from a vehicle, and a theft of some items from lockers at the base gymnasium. When police investigated and found the stolen items at Dorsey’s home, they also discovered 20 to 25 bullet holes in the basement wall of his house and numerous spent shells.

At sixteen, Dorsey fired a gun at a young couple in another car and verbally threatened to kill them.

At eighteen, five months after the double slaying at the Blockbuster store, Dorsey was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was convicted, and his sentence was probated."

Now, Dorsey, 32, is set to die Tuesday, August 12 in the execution chamber of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Dorsey says that he will "not go quietly" and that he will fight until the end". This is something that TDCJ is not taking lightly. Dorsey has proved that he will fight, time and time again, even after being confined at the Pollunsky Unit near Livingston.

Dorsey has shown no remorse for his crime, and has had 95 infractions of prison rules, according to Michelle Lyons, spokesperson for TDCJ. She said that Dorsey has assaulted officers, stabbing one officer some 14 times with a homemade weapon. She also said that he had started fires in front of his cells, and is "one of the most restricted TDCJ Death Row inmates".

Recently, Dorsey threatened to stab the next officer that gave him a razor.

Dorsey is a "high risk" inmate according to TDCJ officials. Extra security and measures will be in place to ensure that the execution takes place, and without injuries to TDCJ personnel. TDCJ refused to comment on what measures are being taken, but that "security would be beefed up". Corrections officials expect Dorsey will do exactly what he has said he will do. Precautions will be put into place that keep Dorsey secured and in TDCJ custody, according to state officials, up until he is pronounced dead.

Tuesday night between 6pm and midnight, Dorsey is set to be executed by lethal injection. Dorsey’s death warrant was recently signed by a District Judge, sealing his fate, barring any unforeseen court challenges.

Throughout the process, Dorsey has attempted to get his execution halted, a move that has been denied at multiple levels of the judicial system.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Dorsey’s conviction and sentence on October 2, 2002. The U.S. Supreme Court denied Dorsey’s petition for writ of certiorari on June 23, 2003. Dorsey filed a petition for state writ of habeas corpus on May 6, 2002. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals adopted the trial court’s findings and denied relief on February 18, 2004. Dorsey filed his federal habeas petition on December 17, 2004. On July 31, 2006, the federal district court denied Dorsey’s petition for federal habeas relief. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the federal district court’s denial of federal habeas relief on July 30, 2007. The U.S. Supreme Court denied Dorsey’s petition for certiorari review on February 25, 2008.


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