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Texas Inmate Executed for Causing Death of CO During Escape

December 05, 2013  | 

An inmate whose escape from a Huntsville prison unit six years ago resulted in the death of a correctional officer said he “didn’t mean for it to happen” before he was executed Tuesday night, reported the Huntsville Item.

Jerry Martin, 43, apologized to the family of Susan Canfield, who suffered a fatal head injury when Martin and another inmate escaped from a work detail at the Wynne Unit on Sept. 24, 2007.

Martin, who was serving 50 years for attempted capital murder at the time of Canfield’s death, was working in an onion patch with inmate John Falk Jr. when the two overpowered a field officer in an attempt to escape. Martin stole a truck from the Huntsville City Service Center and was driving when it struck a horse the 59-year-old Canfield was riding while trying to prevent the escape.

Canfield was thrown from the horse and hit the roof of the truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Falk and Martin were later apprehended. Falk is currently awaiting a retrial in his capital murder case for his involvement in Canfield’s death.

Tags: Officer Down, Corrections, Death Penalty Cases, Prisoner Escape


Comments (4)

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John @ 12/5/2013 6:35 PM

Justice in Texas is good. Execute his accomplice now!

S.S. @ 12/6/2013 8:16 AM

I love this state. Give us all your deathrow inmates!Makes me proud to be a TEXAS police officer.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/6/2013 7:42 PM

Texas and Florida both frequently use the Death Penalty. My condolences to the family of the Correctional Officer. I think Correctional Officers have the hardest job in Law Enforcement and the most dangerous. I don't mind putting bad people into prison but I would hate to have to deal with them on a day to day basis. No convict is ever truly sorry for anything except being caught.

David Evans @ 12/30/2013 3:29 AM

A comment from a LEO in AUS. For the record there is no death penalty here. Re this story...am I correct in reading the offender was serving fifty (50) years for ATTEMPTED murder? And then in a bothched escape while in a stolen car he has a motor vehicle crash, accidentally killing a horse rider...and for this he is executed?
I am agog at both the story and even worse, the glee from some of the previous readers...John, S.S. et al. I know, I know, I don't live in the Lone Star State but aside from freeing up cell space, does capital sentencing actually do anything to deter crims from considering serious offenses?

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