Coronavirus Outbreak Causes Postponement of Texas Killer Execution


Texas Killer Execution Postponed due to COVID-19

The execution of a Texas man who had been issued a death sentence for the brutal murders of his pregnant wife and his father-in-law was postponed for sixty days due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The Texas Appeals Court ordered the delay on Monday citing the current health crisis together with the enormous resources which were needed to address the execution.

In 2011, John Hummel, 44, faced conviction charges of capital murder in the 2009 stabbing of his pregnant 45-year-old wife, Joy Hummel, and the deadly bludgeoning of her father, Clyde Bedford. According to the authorities, Hummel also used the same bat to beat his 5-year-old daughter, Jodi, trying to woo a lady whom he had recently met at a convenience store.

Police officers found the victims’ burned remains as they responded to a fire at their home in Kennedale, a suburb in Fort Worth.

In an initial interview with the law enforcement, Hummel had stated that he was not at home and he was at the store when the crime happened. However, he later confessed to the killings and setting ablaze the residence.