Texan Who Orchestrated Dragging Death Of Black Man 21 Years Ago ExecutedJohn William King kept his eyes closed as witnesses arrived in the death chamber and never turned his head toward relatives of his victim. Asked by Warden Bill Lewis if he had a final statement, King replied: "No."
White Supremacist To Be Executed For East Texas Dragging Death Of Black ManIt's been nearly 21 years since John William King was convicted of leading a group of white men who chained James Byrd Jr. to the back of a pickup and dragged him for miles. Tonight he's set to die.
Lawyer Argues Texas Dragging Death A 'Drug Deal Gone Bad'One of three white men convicted in the 1998 East Texas dragging death of a black man is arguing in an appeal that the killing was a "backwoods drug deal gone bad" and not racially motivated.