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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Balentine, John Lezell
TDCJ Number 999315
Date of Birth 01/30/1969
Date Received 06/11/1999
Age (when Received) 30
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 10
Date of Offense 01/21/1998
  Age (at the time of Offense) 28
  County Potter
  Race Black
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Black
  Height 5' 8"
  Weight 190
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Jackson
  Native State Arkansas

Prior Occupation
auto mechanic, laborer

Prior Prison Record
Convicted in Arkansas for Burglary; Conditionally released 3/82; Jackson County, Arkansas Cardinal Abuse Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault with a Knife; Arkansas Department of Corrections #883268 on a 5 year sentence for Burglary; released on Parole 4/89; returned as a Parole Violator with a new conviction 5 year sentence for Assessor to Robbery (cousin and one co-defendant robbed 14-year old white male by hitting him on the head with a bottle) #88326B; released on Parole 3/93 and discharged 4/93.

Summary of Incident
On 01/21/98 in Amarillo, Texas, Balentine fatally shot 3 white males, 17 year old Edward Mark Caylor, 15 year old Kai Brooke Geyer and 15 year old Steven Brady Watson, once each in the head with a 32-caliber pistol. Balentine entered the residence during the night, and committed the murders while the victims were sleeping.

Co-Defendants
None

Race and Gender of Victim
White males (3)