Almost four years after he was originally scheduled to die for killing two Henderson County Sheriff's Office Deputies in 2007, Randall Mays has a new execution date.
Visiting Judge Joe D. Clayton set Mays' execution fort 6 p.m.,Wednesday, October 16.
"I just delivered the death warrant and the execution warrant to the Department of Corrections in Huntsville," Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said.
In May of 2008, Mays, 58, of Payne Springs was convicted and sentenced to death for killing Deputy Tony Ogburn. He also killed HCSO investigator Paul Habelt and seriously wounded Deputy Kevin Harris.
Ogburn and Habelt were a pair of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office’s most experienced lawmen. Habelt had more than 40 years to his credit. Ogburn was a veteran deputy who had worked around the courthouse for several years.
Mays’ trial in early 2008 again brought the story to the forefront. For days, witnesses recounted the events until the decision finally went to the jury. They returned with a guilty verdict almost a year to the day after the shootings.
The original execution date of March 18, 2015, was stayed by the Court of Criminal Appeals. The appellate court justices found Mays, 58, of Payne Springs, made “a substantial showing that he is incompetent to be executed” and ordered further competency hearings, including the appointment of mental-health experts.
On June 5, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the decision by visiting Judge Joe Clayton that Mays is competent to be executed.
The court issued a 43 page opinion stating that:
"The record supports the trial judge's determination that Mays is competent to be executed. Mays knows he is to be executed by the State, he knows he was convicted and sentenced for killing a police officer and he knows his execution is imminent."