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Offender Information

 

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Name
King, John William
TDCJ Number
999295
Date of Birth
11/03/1974
Date Received
02/25/1999
Age (when Received)
24
Education Level
(Highest Grade Completed)
10
Date of Offense
06/07/1998
Age (at the time of Offense)
23
County
Jasper
Race
White
Gender
Male
Hair Color
Brown
Height
5' 9"
Weight
198
Eye Color
Brown
Native County
Atlanta
Native State
Georgia

Prior Occupation
carpenter, laborer
Prior Prison Record
TDCJ-ID #624420, 10-year sentence for one count of Burglary; 7/28/97 released on Parole to Orange County
Summary of incident
On 06/07/98, during the nighttime hours, the subject and co-defendants, Lawrence Brewer and Shawn Allen Berry, murdered James Byrd Jr., a 49-year old black male, by dragging the victim behind their 1982 gray Ford pickup truck, located on Huff Creek Road, in Jasper, Texas. The subject and the co-defendants picked the victim up while he was hitchhiking in Jasper.
Co-defendants
Berry, Shawn; Brewer, Lawrence Russell
Race and Gender of Victim
Black male

 

June 26, 2008

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