Facts of the Crime:
James Earl Walker was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2003 for the killing of an 87-year-old Wicksburg woman, Bessie Lee Thweatt. According to authorities, Walker and his stepbrother Rex Allen Beckworth broke into Thweatt’s isolated home on January 5, 2000. The pair broke through her dining room window with a cinder block to gain entry after disabling her security light and telephone lines.
According to authorities, Thweatt was hit several times in the face by a blunt object before being shot in the head with a .22 caliber rifle. Tim Byrd, a former cellmate of Walker’s, testified that Walker was the shooter. Beckworth was also sentenced to death for his part in the crime.
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