On this date, May 25, 1985, Charles Milton, who had converted to Islam, was executed in Texas.
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Victim profile: Menaree Denton (liquor store owner)
Method of murder: Shooting (.38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver)
Location: Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Status: Executed by lethal injection in Texas on May 25, 1985
There’s no God but Allah, and unto thy I belong and unto thy I return. I want to continue to tell my brothers and sisters to be strong.
Man convicted of murder executed in Texas
The New York Times
June 26, 1985
Earlier in the day, Charles Milton, convicted of murdering a liquor store owner in a robbery in Fort Worth, Tex., was executed by lethal injection after last-minute appeals to Gov. Mark White of Texas and the United States Supreme Court failed.
In a final statement before being executed in Texas, Charles Milton, prayed to Allah. He had converted to Islam while in prison in Huntsville, Tex.
Mr. Milton was sentenced to death for the slaying eight years ago of Menaree Denton, a liquor store owner who was shot in the heart while she and her husband, Leonard, struggled with Mr. Milton in an aborted robbery.
Defense attorneys said the shooting was an accident.
Attempts to get a reprieve ended at 1 A.M. with word that the Supreme Court had refused to act.
Mr. Milton, 34 years old, was pronounced dead at 1:33 A.M., becoming the fourth Texas inmate this year and eighth to be executed since the state resumed the death penalty in 1982.