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Scheduled Execution 1-30-2018


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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Rayford, William Earl
TDCJ Number 999371
Date of Birth 5/21/1953
Date Received 1/4/2001
Age (when Received) 47
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 12
Date of Offense 11/16/99
  Age (at the time of Offense) 46
  County Dallas
  Race Black
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Black
  Height 6 ft 4 in
  Weight 179
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Dallas
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation

Prior Prison Record
#437754 TDCJ-ID on a 23 year sentence from Dallas County for 1 count of murder with a deadly weapon; received in 1986 and released on mandatory supervision to Dallas County on 12/5/1994.

Summary of Incident
On 11/16/1999 in Dallas, Rayford murdered a 44 year old black female by strangulation, stabbing, and blunt force. Rayford took the victim's body and threw it into a nearby creek. The murder took place in the home of the victim and was witnessed by her 11 and 14 year old sons.


Race and Gender of Victim
Black female

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The Latest: Texas executes man for ex-girlfriend's killing

Associated PressJanuary 30, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Texas inmate William Rayford (all times local):

8:58 p.m.

A 64-year-old Dallas man on death row for the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend while he was out on parole for killing his estranged wife has been executed in Texas.

William Rayford became the nation's second inmate put to death this year, both in Texas.      :snip: 

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