The Texas government is set to execute a 70 year-old man who was convicted of murder, he will become the oldest man executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in the US five decades ago.
Billie Wayne Coble was convicted for the 1989 murders of three people — the parents and brother of his estranged wife, who had asked for a divorce.
If the lethal injection is administered Thursday evening in the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, it would be the third this year in the United States and the second in the Lone Star state, which puts to death the most inmates.
A state official confirmed that Coble would be the oldest man executed in Texas since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The oldest in the US was serial bomber Walter Moody, executed last year in Alabama at the age of 83.
Inmates can languish on death row for decades as their cases wind through the courts.
There are nearly 30 condemned inmates in Texas who have been in prison for more than 25 years, according to the Texas Tribune.
Coble’s lawyer has filed a last-minute appeal with the Supreme Court, but previous appeals have been unsuccessful.
Coble, a Vietnam War veteran, was convicted of killing his brother-in-law Bobby Vicha, who was a police officer in the city of Waco, and Vicha’s parents Robert and Zelda.
Prosecutors said he also tied up his children and Bobby Vicha’s son, and kidnapped his wife with the intention of raping and killing her. She escaped with her life after Coble crashed his car.