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Texas Cop Killer Gets Death Penalty

July 29, 2014  | 

A jury has decided the punishment for the man convicted of killing a Bellaire, Texas, police officer and an innocent bystander. Harlem Lewis has been sentenced to death.

Closing arguments wrapped up Monday in the punishment phase for the 23-year-old who shot and killed Cpl. Jimmie Norman, 53, and Maaco shop owner Terry Taylor, 66, at the end of a police chase on Christmas Eve 2012.

Norman was a 24-year police veteran with the Bellaire Police Department. He attempted to pull over the car Lewis was driving after running a computer check on the license plate, and learning a warrant had been issued for insufficient insurance, the Houston Chronicle reports.

According to fellow Bellaire officer Sergio Salinas, Lewis led Norman on a chase through residential streets until side-swiping a truck. 

Lewis continued on in his damaged car for a few blocks before pulling into the parking lot of the Maaco body shop. Taylor knew Norman, and came out to try to assist him. As the officer was trying to pull Lewis from his car, Lewis shot him. He then aimed the gun at Taylor, shooting and killing him also.

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Chuck @ 7/29/2014 3:36 PM

Goodbye you POS. Hope your execution hurts like hell. Thanks brother for doing what you did.

MikeAT @ 7/29/2014 3:41 PM

Harris County Jury does its duty. I rode up to the Huntsville on January 23 to see cop killer Edgar Tamayo put out of our misery. Hopefully I get to see this animal put down before I look at retirement!

Morning Eagle @ 7/29/2014 3:59 PM

Sentenced to death! Well good, that means he will only live another 15 to twenty years at tax payer's expense while he files endless appeals. Hopefully since it is in Texas it won't take that long. Then we can hope for another "botched" execution. Our "justice" system is definitely broken.

MikeAT @ 7/29/2014 6:00 PM

Morning Eagle

Always thought it was strange if the moron got stupid when the time came, we would have to get an extraction team in, the man of the hour would be injured and we would need to give him medical attention so we can execute him.

As far as the issues with the injection chemicals, personally I would use a rope. Hanging is cheap, the rope is reusable and a firing squad has a bit of dignity these sacks of s%^& don't deserve.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/29/2014 8:57 PM

How in the heck can you call a criminal a innocent bystander.

MN Care @ 7/29/2014 10:12 PM

The innocent bystander was not a criminal. Read the article again. It was the owner of the Maaco shop owner, who tried to help. He is not a criminal. He is dead.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/30/2014 8:57 AM

@ MN Care, thanks for pointing that out to me.

Charlie @ 7/30/2014 10:10 AM

Yes, unfortunately this s#*t stain will live like a hero behind bars because all of the other filth will look up to him. No disrespect to the military or minimizing what combat veterans do......that being said, when will society really value what we do every day to protect civility and safety in this country. Swift and effective public executions for the killing of police officers, no exception!

westcoastleo @ 7/30/2014 1:10 PM

Serves that POS to die after what he did. I would enjoy pumping a few into his head with my own gun and my own bullets. It'd be no charge to the state of Texas and my time would be free.

LASD (Active Supervisor) 35 years...

Larry Miller @ 9/23/2014 5:43 PM

Bring back Judge Roy Bean

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