At 70, the oldest death row in Texas was executed

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Guilty of a triple murder
Billie Wayne Coble, a veteran from Vietnam, was convicted of shooting his brother-in-law Bobby Vicha, a police officer from Waco, Texas, and his parents. He then attempted to abduct his wife, intending to rape her and then kill her, after chaining her three children and Bobby Vicha’s son.

“I was a prosecutor for eight years and I was facing criminals every day, but I have never had anything to do with this mean and evil person,” Bobby Vicha Jr. told local television. KXXV.

Twenty-five executions in 2018
Billie Wayne Coble is the third inmate executed in the country this year, and the second in Texas. A total of 25 people were executed in the country in 2018, including 13 in the southern conservative state, according to the Center for Information on the Death Penalty (DPIC).

In addition, more than 2,700 prisoners are currently on death row in the United States. They wait on average 15 years between the verdict and their execution. But the wait can be much longer in case of legal recourse. In Texas, nearly 30 people sentenced to death spent more than 25 years behind bars.