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Ray Jasper

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Death Row Inmate Ray Jasper

Death Row Inmate Ray Jasper

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On November 29, 1998, Jasper and two codefendants were responsible for the death of a 33-year-old man during a robbery. The victim was a musical engineer who owned a recording studio in San Antonio and was a business partner of Jasper.

Jasper had created his own record label and had his own rap group. He went to the recording studio of the victim, walked up behind him and grabbed him by the hair and slit his throat.

The victim was then stabbed to death. Jasper covered the victim with a black sheet in order to "not have to look at him" and then began loading vehicles with the equipment inside the studio, estimated to be worth between $10,000 and $30,000.

Jasper and his codefendants made several trips taking the property from the studio, and upon returning to the scene of the crime, he was observed to be suspicious and eventually apprehended by police.

Excerpts From Death Opinion - Court of Criminal Appeals

David Alejandro owned and operated a music recording studio where musicians could have their music professionally recorded for a fee. This business required the use of various pieces of electronic equipment such as computers, soundboards and microphones. Ray Jasper and some of his friends frequently recorded their rap music at the studio. At some point, Jasper decided to steal Alejandro's equipment in order to make money from its sale. Aware that Alejandro would be able to identify him, Jasper also decided to kill Alejandro so that there would be no witnesses. He enlisted the help of two friends to assist in removing the heavy equipment from the studio.

On November 21, 1998, Jasper purchased large bags from an Academy store. A week later, he and his accomplices drove two vans to Alejandro's studio. Jasper and one accomplice carried concealed knives. The three had made an appointment at the studio and spent about two hours there while Alejandro recorded their music before they decided it was time to kill him. Jasper slashed Alejandro's throat from ear to ear, but did not kill him. Jasper and one accomplice continued to attack Alejandro until he died as a result of multiple stab wounds to his chest and abdomen. Jasper covered the body with a sheet taken earlier from Jasper's bed, and the group began loading equipment into the vans. Jasper fled on foot when an off-duty police officer arrived to investigate the scene, but was apprehended days later outside his home.

On December 2, 1998, Jasper confessed to police that he had planned the crime and recruited two accomplices. His confession describes events in detail that were later corroborated by Jasper's girlfriend, Christina Breton, police officers, security guards, and physical evidence discovered by investigators. Breton testified that several days before the commission of the crime, Jasper had told her about his plan to steal Alejandro's equipment and kill him.

During the punishment phase of the trial, the State introduced evidence of Jasper's criminal history and bad acts, beginning at age fifteen, including offenses and bad acts such as theft of a bicycle, drug possession, attempted burglary, and an incident of violence against an off-duty police officer.

...The facts of this crime were brutal and demonstrated calculated deliberation. Jasper planned well in advance the stabbing murder of someone he would later describe as "one of the nicest people [he] ever met in [his] life." He allowed Alejandro to assist him with recording for two hours, knowing he was about to kill him. As Alejandro sat unaware at the soundboard mixing a track for Jasper, Jasper pulled his head back and, taking a kitchen knife from his jacket, slit his throat from ear to ear. When that wound did not kill him, one of Jasper's accomplices joined the attack until Alejandro was dead. Alejandro suffered twenty-five stab wounds. Jasper quickly loaded equipment into the vans and instructed one stunned accomplice to hurry up and help.

Sources:
Death Opinion - Court of Criminal Appeals
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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