Betty Lou Beets

Born Mar 12, 1937

Betty Lou Beets was a murderer executed in the U.S. state of Texas. She was convicted of shooting her fifth husband, Jimmy Don Beets, on August 6, 1983.

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1937 Birth Born on March 12, 1937.


1970 33 Years Old Beets had a criminal history prior to her arrest for murder, including public lewdness, and shooting a former husband in the side of the stomach. Married six times, twice to the same man, Beets shot her second husband, Billy York Lane, twice in the back of the head in 1970 and tried to run over her third husband, Ronnie C. Threlkold, with her car in 1978. … Read More


1983 46 Years Old On August 6, 1983, Beets reported her husband missing from their home near Cedar Creek Lake in Henderson County, Texas. … Read More
In 1985, information was received by the Henderson County Sheriff that led to enough evidence to arrest Beets for the murder on June 8. … Read More


1991 54 Years Old Throughout the first half of 1991, evidentiary hearings were held and on May 9 the court granted relief on one of Beets's claims, but denied all others. … Read More


1998 61 Years Old The case was sent to a federal district court and on September 2, 1998, it denied her habeas corpus relief.
1999 62 Years Old After her appeals were denied throughout 1999, an execution date was set for February 24, 2000. … Read More
2000 63 Years Old Died on February 24, 2000.
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