Anthony Allen Shore got convicted of the rape and murder of four women, three of whom were minors. He will receive the lethal injection this Thursday, making him the first execution of 2018 in the United States.
Shore was deemed the “Tourniquet Killer” because of his killing method. He’d use a stick to help tightly twist a cord around his victims’ necks.
“Anthony Shore is the worst of the worst,” said the Harris County District Attorney. “He’s a serial killer. He took pleasure in his victim’s suffering. He’s appropriate for the death penalty.”
They first charged Shore with the murder of 21-year-old María del Carmen Estrada, who disappeared on the morning of April 16th, 1992 on her way to work. Her body was found later the same day near a Dairy Queen drive-through.
The murder stayed unsolved for more than a decade until a particle found beneath one of Estrada’s fingers turned out to match Shore’s DNA. Shore was already a sex offender by then, and his DNA was in the police database.
He was charged with Estrada’s murder and remained in a four-day trial where evidence relating to three other homicides got presented. Laurie Tremblay, 15, was found near a dumpster outside of a Houston restaurant in 1986.
Diana Rebollar, 9, was taken while she was walking to a store in 1994. Dana Sanchez, 16, disappeared one day as she hitched a ride to her boyfriend’s house in Houston.
He sexually abused all three of them. The jury declared the death-sentence, and the Supreme Court approved their choice.
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