Texas Digest: Execution date set for San Antonio killer


Killer in burglary gets execution date

A San Antonio man sent to death row for killing a woman during a burglary attempt 13 years ago has received an execution date for this summer.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Monday that the agency has received court documents setting 46-year-old Taichin Preyor for lethal injection July 27.

He had been scheduled for execution last July, but the date was withdrawn.

Preyor was condemned in 2005 for fatally slashing and stabbing 20-year-old Jami Tackett. Her boyfriend also was wounded in what trial testimony showed was a drug-related attack at her San Antonio apartment.

Preyer was spattered with the victims’ blood when he was arrested at the crime scene. He had returned to look for car keys he believed he left behind.


Man in custody on trespass charge dies

A 33-year-old man brought to a Beaumont jail on a trespassing charge died died shortly after arriving.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s office said the man passed out in the booking area before he was processed into the county jail Saturday. Medical personnel began life-saving measures and an ambulance was summoned. Authorities said he couldn’t be revived.

He was identified Sunday as Byron James Sessions of Nederland. An autopsy was ordered, and the sheriff’s office and police in nearby Port Arthur are investigating.


Body in rental house days before police notified

The body of a man who probably was killed three days earlier has been found in a home in southwestern Houston, police said.

The single-story home was being rented by three people. Detective Michael Cass said authorities are trying to figure out why it took so long for someone to report that there was a dead body in one of the bedrooms.

Police have taken several people into custody. No motive and no cause of death have been released, but authorities said they are considering the man’s death a homicide. The man has not been identified.


Boy gets stuck in washing machine

A 13-year-old boy playing at home with some friends decided to see if he could fit in a washing machine.

Turns out he could. But then he couldn’t get out.

His parents wound up calling firefighters. Plano Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Peggy Harrell told The Dallas Morning News that firefighters were able to remove the top from the washer and pull out the boy. He wasn’t hurt.

The fire department, in a tweet about the Saturday rescue, called it “extreme #springcleaning.”

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