Thursday, January 24, 2008

August 28, 2007

..."I figured I'd be found not guilty. If anything, it'd be armed robbery. It didn't work out."...

Last Meal: Mosley had no final meal request.

The skinny: Mosley, a former high school honors student was executed for the killing of a woman who was one of four people gunned down in a holdup at an East Texas bar.

More skinny: Wearing ski masks and brandishing handguns, Mosley and his uncle Ray Don Mosley, entered Katies’ Lounge in Kilgore as the night waitress was closing up for the evening.

Ray Don, the first to burst through the door, approached the woman and demanded the money. As sheslid a box containing money toward Ray Don, he shot her twice.

DaRoyce Mosley shot the four customers who were at the lounge, All four customers died while the waitress’ injuries left her permanently paralyzed from the chest down.

Despite her shock-induced state, the waitress still managed to call 9-1-1.

Both Mosleys and a juvenile went to Christopher “Kaboo” Smith’s home after the crime. DaRoyce Mosley divided the money evenly between himself, Ray Don, the juvenile, and Kaboo, with each receiving a total of seventy-seven dollars.

The next day, Mosley bought a new car and picked up his brother, Kaboo and the juvenile. Police pulled Mosley over and arrested the juvenile. At the time, the police were unaware of Mosley’s involvement in the robbery and killings at the lounge. Nonetheless, the police asked all the occupants of the car if they would voluntarily come to the police station, and everyone agreed.

At the police station, Mosley stated that he had no involvement in the robbery and murders. Later that evening, however, Mosley was arrested based on information the police received from Smith. When informed he was under arrest, [Mosley] cried out, “Oh what have I done. I've ruined my life. I'm going to spend the rest of my life in jail.” Mosley confessed that he shot the four people at Katies’ Lounge and that Ray Don shot the lone victim to survive the robbery.

Ray Don Mosley, who had a prior history of theft, trespassing, and interfering with police apprehension, and was on parole at the time of the murders, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Marcus Smith, another accomplice, was given a two-year sentence.

Mosley did not have a prior criminal record before this offense was committed.

Later: Mosley said he wrongly confessed to the slayings.

Mosley said he turned down a plea deal for three life terms. "I figured I'd be found not guilty," he said. "If anything, it'd be armed robbery. It didn't work out."

Last words and such: In a brief final statement, Mosley said he appreciated the love and support he had received over the years. "I will see you when you get there," he told witnesses, including his mother and sister. "Keep your heads up. To all the fellows on the row, the same thing. Keep your head up and continue to fight." He expressed love again and as the lethal drugs began flowing, he remarked, "I can taste it."

Factoids: Mosley was the...

37th murderer executed in U.S. in 2007
1094th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
22nd murderer executed in Texas in 2007
401st murderer executed in Texas since 1976

The lethal drugs were not administered to DaRoyce Mosley until the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a late appeal, about five hours after the scheduled time for the execution. He was executed about an hour before his death warrant would have expired.