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Texas Cop Killer Returns To Death Row

March 07, 2012  | 

A man convicted of murdering a Houston police officer more than 20 years ago at a traffic stop returned to death row after an appellete court turned away his bid for a life sentence.

Carl Wayne Buntion, now 68, was convicted of murder and given the death penalty for gunning down Officer James Irby on June 27, 1990. The officer was shot five times with a .357 handgun after stopping Buntion's vehicle for a minor traffic violation.

After an appeals court later ruled that the jury instructions were flawed, Buntion won a new sentencing trial, reports KHOU. Jurors were told to consider Buntion's troubled childhood.

"I'm relieved. I'm elated. I feel vindicated," Maura Irby, the officer's widow, told the Houston Chronicle.


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HANK HILL @ 3/8/2012 7:24 PM

Y O Y IS HE STILL ALIVE?

Morning Eagle @ 3/8/2012 11:05 PM

Nearly twenty-two years after he murdered Officer Irby, taking him from his family, friends and department and this piece of crap is still living on the tax payers' dollar! A prime example of our broken criminal "justice" system. Now we can at least hope The Great State of Texas will promptly put him where he belongs - six feet under ground.

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