James Byrd

Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles hugs a relative of James Byrd Jr. after a jury found John William King guilty of capital murder in the dragging death, on February 23, 1999. (credit: Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Jasper Sheriff Looks Back At James Byrd Jr. Dragging

He’s one of three men convicted in one of the most notorious murders in modern Texas history and he’s set to die. Former Jasper Sheriff Billy Rowles talks about the pending execution and the events in the east Texas town.


Painted circles that marked evidence in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., visible on the county road outside Jasper, Texas on January 27, 1999. (credit: Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images)

Stigma Lingers In Texas Town Infamous For Dragging Death

The red paint investigators sprayed along a nearly 3-mile stretch on Huff Creek Road to mark the grisly final moments of James Byrd Jr.’s life is gone, but scars remain. Lawrence Russell Brewer is set to be executed for Byrd’s death Wednesday.