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Chaos erupts, 2 arrested during Texas execution

JUAN A. LOZANO and MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated PressMarch 1, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Chaos erupted outside Texas' death chamber Thursday night when the son of the condemned inmate pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his final words.

Billie Wayne Coble, a Vietnam War veteran who killed his estranged wife's parents and brother and threated to do the same to her in 1989, told the five witnesses he selected to attend his execution that he loved them. Coble nodded at them as they watched from the witness room, adding: "Take care."

When he finished speaking, his son, a friend and a daughter-in-law became emotional, throwing fists and kicking at others in the death chamber witness area. Officers stepped in but said the witnesses continued to resist and were eventually moved to a courtyard where the son and another man were handcuffed. They were arrested on charges of resisting an officer.

"Why are you doing this?" the woman asked. "They just killed his daddy."   :snip: 

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