Texas Executes Killer 16 Years After His Conviction

Kosoul Chanthakoummane

Kosoul Chanthakoummane, 41, was put to death for fatally stabbing Sarah Walker, 40, in 2006, more than 16 years ago. He thanked Jesus Christ, ministers with the Texas prison system and “all these people in my life that aided me in this journey”.

Kosoul Chanthakoummane was on parole when Sarah Walker was killed.

Prosecutors say Chanthakoummane entered the model home, beat the woman and stole her Rolex watch and a silver ring. DNA evidence showed his blood was found in various places inside the model home.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declined to delay Chanthakoummane’s execution after his attorneys had challenged the DNA evidence used to convict him. His attorneys had argued new science raised the possibility Chanthakoummane’s DNA could have been transferred to Walker’s fingernails without any direct contact between the two.

At Chanthakoummane’s trial, a forensic dentist testified the death row inmate was the source of a bite mark on Walker’s neck. The testimony was discredited, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found the DNA evidence was still strong.

Chanthakoummane’s attorney told jurors his client was guilty and that he wanted to rob Walker, but his plan didn’t go as planned, and he killed her.

Walker’s father had opposed Chanthakoummane’s execution and had forgiven his daughter’s killer.

A Buddhist monk read a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes before his execution.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Dallas man executed for murder of Collin County real estate agent  The Dallas Morning News
  2. Texas executes man for slaying of Dallas real estate agent  Yahoo! Voices
  3. Dallas man to be executed for McKinney real estate agent’s 2006 murder  WFAA
  4. Texas executes Kosoul Chanthakoummane for the 2006 murder of a real estate agent  KPRC Click2Houston
  5. Texas execution: Kosoul Chanthakoummane put to death by lethal injection  USA TODAY
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