The next scheduled execution in the United States will be on Wednesday next week in Texas.
John Balentine was given the death sentence for the triple murder of Edward Caylor, 17-years-old, Kai Geyer, 15-years-old and Steven Watson, 15-years-old in Amarillo, Texas in 1999. Ballentine broke into the house where the three teenagers were sleeping and shot each one of them in the head. Reportedly Balentine had been dating Caylor’s sister and an argument had caused some bad blood.
Balentine’s attorney, Lydia Brandt, filed for a stay of execution claiming that due to ineffective counsel, the sentencing phase of his trial did not include any information about his extremely abusive and violent childhood – information, Brandt suggested, may have convinced the jury to choose life in prison. This is the third attempt by Brandt to halt her client’s execution.