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Texas Man Executed for 2001 Murder of Dallas Officer

October 15, 2015  | 

Officer Christopher Kevin James was murdered in 2001 while working an off-duty job in uniform at a local club. (Photo: Dallas PD)
Officer Christopher Kevin James was murdered in 2001 while working an off-duty job in uniform at a local club. (Photo: Dallas PD)

Licho Escamilla was put to death by the state of Texas Wednesday for the November 2001 murder of Officer Christopher Kevin James of the Dallas Police Department.

James and three other uniformed officers were working off-duty at a local club when a brawl involving Escamilla and other men started. Escamilla pulled out a gun and opened fire on the officers as they tried to break up the fight.

The bullets from Escamilla's 9mm semi-automatic handgun struck James twice, knocking him to the ground. Escamilla then calmly walked up to the officer and fired three more shots into the back of his head before running and exchanging shots with other officers, witnesses said. A second officer wounded in the shootout survived.

Escamilla was 19 at the time of the murder. He was executed at 33.

About a half-dozen Dallas police officers stood at attention and saluted as relatives of the slain officer entered the prison in Huntsville ahead of Wednesday's execution.

James, 34, had earned dozens of commendations during his nearly seven years on the Dallas police force after graduating at the top of his cadet class. He was working the off-duty security job to earn extra money so he and his new wife could buy a house, CBS News reports.

Comments (3)

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Lore Frank @ 10/15/2015 3:25 PM

wow - only took 14 years! The wheels of justice do turn slowly.

Gerald Kern @ 10/15/2015 3:48 PM

Hope the scumbag that killed this officer burns eternally in hell!!!

Bob peterson @ 11/10/2015 4:27 PM

14 years is too long. One year seems better. But at least they didn't let him out. God bless the officers family.

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