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Elroy Chester

Texas Death Row Inmate Elroy Chester

Mug Shot
On February 6, 1998, in Port Arthur, Chester broke into the residence of Kim Ryman Deleon. Chester raped her 14-year-old and 16-year-old daughters. Willie Ryman III (uncle to the girls) entered the home and was shot and killed by Chester. He then took jewelry from the home and fled the scene.

While in police custody, Chester confessed to this crime, two other murders and three attempts to commit capital murder. Chester stated that he committed these offenses because he was out his mind "with hate for white people" due to a disagreement with a white staff member over a disciplinary report during a previous incarceration.


Elroy Chester was executed on June 12, 2013 by lethal injection. He was on death row for 15 years prior to being executed.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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