Nearly thirteen years have gone by.
District Court Judge Jerome Owens has set Sept. 21 as the execution date for Lawrence Russell Brewer, one of three men convicted in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr.
Byrd was killed June 7, 1998 on a rural road east of Jasper. His decapitated body was found the next day.
Brewer, now 44, was convicted of capital murder in Brazos County on Sept. 20, 1999.