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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Autry, James David
TDCJ Number 670
Date of Birth 9/27/1954
Date Received 10/10/1980
Age (when Received) 26
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 6
Date of Offense 4/20/1980
  Age (at the time of Offense) 25
  County Jefferson
  Race White
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Brown
  Height 5' 8"
  Weight 137
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Potter
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation
Laborer

Prior Prison Record
5 year sentence for Assault and Attempted Robbery - 1972; 8 year sentence for Burglary - 1975

Summary of Incident
On April 20, 1980, Autry shot a 43 year old female convenience store clerk between the eyes with a .38 caliber pistol causing her death. Autry had been arguing with the clerk about the price of a six pack of beer. Two witnesses were also shot in the head. One witness was a 43 year old former Roman Catholic priest, who died instantly. The other witness was a Greek seaman who survived the gunshot, with serious injuries.

Co-Defendants
John Alton Sandifer

Race and Gender of Victim
female