Betty Lou Beets
American murderer
Betty Lou Beets
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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1st execution of woman since 2010 set in Texas
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The execution Tuesday of a Texas woman convicted in the gruesome murder of her 71-year-old neighbor will mark the first time in three years that a female inmate has been put to death in the U.S. Kimberly McCarthy, 51, was sentenced to death for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Investigators say Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. It was among three slayings linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who'd been addicted to crack cocaine. Her lethal injection is scheduled for Tuesday evening. McCarthy will be the 13th woman executed in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state, since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. In that same time period, more than 1,300 male inmates have been executed nat ...
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  • 2000
    Age 62
    Died on February 24, 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 61
    After her appeals were denied throughout 1999, an execution date was set for February 24, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She was executed by lethal injection at 6:18 p.m. CST on February 24, 2000 in the Huntsville Unit. She did not request a final meal, nor did she make a final statement. She was the second woman executed in the state after the reintroduction of the death penalty. At the time of the execution, she was 62 years old, and had five children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
  • 1998
    Age 60
    The case was sent to a federal district court and on September 2, 1998, it denied her habeas corpus relief.
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  • 1991
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The United States Court of Appeals upheld the decision on March 18, 1993, but also overturned the one claim that had been granted relief.
  • 1985
    Age 47
    She was received by the Texas Department of Corrections on October 14, 1985.
    More Details Hide Details She was incarcerated in the Mountain View Unit. An automatic appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals first overturned the conviction, saying that insurance and pension benefits were not the same as remuneration. The State requested a rehearing on September 21, 1988 and this time the Court ruled the conviction and sentence should stand. Ten years of appeals followed. The Supreme Court of the United States denied a writ of certiorari on June 26, 1989, and an execution date was set for November 8. On November 1, she received a stay from the trial court after she filed a state habeas petition. The Court of Criminal Appeals denied this request on June 27, 1990, leading to a second execution date of December 6. A federal petition for a writ of habeas corpus was filed three days before her scheduled execution and the federal district court granted a stay of execution on December 4.
    Her trial for the murder for remuneration and the promise of remuneration of Jimmy Don Beets began on July 11, 1985 in the 173rd District Court of Henderson County.
    More Details Hide Details She pleaded not guilty and claimed that two of her children had committed the murders. She was found guilty on October 11. The evidence of abuse was never presented to the court. During the separate penalty phase three days later, she was sentenced to death. Beets was Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Death Row # 810.
    In 1985, information was received by the Henderson County Sheriff that led to enough evidence to arrest Beets for the murder on June 8.
    More Details Hide Details A search warrant was issued and a search of Beets' home found the remains of Jimmy Don in a filled-in wishing well. Also found buried in a garage were the remains of Doyle Wayne Barker, another former husband of Beets. Both had been shot with a .38 caliber pistol. She was never tried for Barker's murder. Jimmy Don Beets was her fifth husband. She was sentenced to death by lethal injection. The crime of passion model states that women commit crimes because they get caught up in their emotions. Betty Lou Beets experienced this crime of passion and it led her to murder two of her husbands. She wanted her two husbands money. The first husband she killed owned a trailer home in Texas that she wanted as her own. The second husband she killed because she wanted his insurance money. There is another cause that points to the crime of passion model ash that is revenge. At a young age, Betty Lou was sexually abused by her father. She then, was abused by her first husband, Robert Franklin Branson. This led her to be angry towards men and want revenge against them.
  • 1983
    Age 45
    On August 6, 1983, Beets reported her husband missing from their home near Cedar Creek Lake in Henderson County, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Her son, Robert Branson, would later testify that Beets had said that she intended to kill her husband and told her son to leave the house. On returning to the house two hours later, he found Jimmy Don Beets dead with two gunshot wounds. He helped his mother conceal the body in the front yard of the house, after which Beets telephoned the police. According to her son, Beets put some of Jimmy Don's heart medication in his fishing boat the next day. Branson and Beets then abandoned the boat in the lake. It was found on August 12, 1983, washed ashore near the Redwood Beach Marina. Believing that he had had fallen overboard and drowned, the police spent three weeks dragging the lake, looking for Jimmy Don's body.
  • 1970
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Both men survived and testified at her trial.
  • 1937
    Born on March 12, 1937.
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