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Convicted Killer of Dallas-Area Police Officer Set to Die

April 09, 2015  | 

Kent Sprouse acknowledged almost immediately after he was arrested more than a decade ago that he killed a police officer and another man outside a Dallas-area convenience store, reports the Associated Press.

No new appeals are pending as Sprouse's lethal injection scheduled for Thursday evening approaches. He would be the fifth inmate executed this year in Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state.

Sprouse was convicted of the 2002 death of Ferris Police Officer Harry Marvin "Marty" Steinfeldt III, who was shot outside the Ferris Food Mart about 20 miles south of Dallas. Steinfeldt, 28, was responding to a 911 call about a customer shot outside the store.

As Steinfeldt drove up, he was met with gunfire and hit twice under the arm where his vest did not protect him. He managed to fire 17 shots and wound Sprouse in the chest, leg and hand.

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Morning Eagle @ 4/9/2015 6:19 PM

Way to go Texas! Too many states that do still impose the death penalty let the convicted person sit on death row for 15 - 20 years or more filing appeals.

tom @ 4/10/2015 5:29 AM

Once the death penelty has been determined, why does it take so long, and waste so much of our tax dollars to be carried out ? Either give them life with no chance of parole, or execute them. Don't waste our tax dollars on all of these appeals, why should the tax payers, who have already paid millions on this guy, have to suffer any more ? Either execute the sentence in a timely manner, or let em rot in prison, but quit wasting tax payer dollars.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/10/2015 11:25 AM

They come up with the excuse that if the person is wrongly convicted then they are not executed by mistake. Also it makes the defense more money for all the appeals.

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