Date of Execution:
September 9, 1998
Teague Jr., Delbert
I have come here
today to die, not make speeches. Today is a good day for dieing
Est Sularus Oth Mithas (My Honor Is My Life).
Delbert Boyd Teague Jr., 37, described by prosecutors
at his murder trial as a "1-man slaughterhouse" killed Kevin
Allen in 1985. Allen, 21, was 1 of 3 men shot in the head with a .22-caliber
pistol at Inspiration Point, a scenic turnout.
As part of the same incident, a woman was abducted and
driven hundreds of miles from Texas to Louisiana. She was repeatedly
raped. The 2 other men shot in the head survived.
Asked if he had any final statement, Teague said,
In a prepared statement released after the execution,
Teague said, "I have come here today to die, not make speeches.
Today is a good day for dying."
He concluded with the Latin Phrase, "Est sulares
oth mithas," which prison officials translated as, "My honor
is my life."
Teague was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m., 7 minutes
after a dose of lethal drugs was released into his arms.
1 of the 2 needles in the execution procedure entered
near a tatoo of the Grim Reaper on Teague's right arm.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal in
his case, and there were no last-minute attempts to halt the execution.
"It's not one of the things you take great joy
in," Wes Ball, 1 of the prosecutors who tried Teague, said of the
punishment. "But there wasn't anything about his case that I
thought I would ever have any regrets about the outcome. It was
Teague, who was from the Houston area, had an
extensive criminal record.
In May 1982, he pleaded no contest in the shooting
death of a Houston man and was sentenced to 2 years in prison for
He also got 5 years for forgery and weapons possession
convictions but was paroled 13 months later. As a juvenile, he was
imprisoned for coaxing a homeless person into his car, then pushing the
man out while driving on a Houston freeway. He also had an arrest for
Court records show Teague and an accomplice, Robin
Partine, of Arlington, were fleeing the Tarrant County park after
abducting the 19-year-old woman and pistol whipping, robbing and tying
up her 23-year-old boyfriend, Thomas Cox. As Teague and Partine were
driving away in a stolen truck, Allen and 2 friends were driving into
Cox had managed to free himself and ran to Allen for
help. Teague suddenly reappeared and opened fire, hitting the 3 men in
the truck. Allen died of his wounds. 1 of the other 2 suffered permanent
brain damage. The 3rd wounded man recovered and testified at Teague's
"These young men happened to be at the wrong
place at the terribly wrong time," Scott Wisch, a former Tarrant
County assistant district attorney who also prosecuted Teague, said.
"Teague perceived them as interfering with the abduction."
The woman was driven to Houston, then Beaumont and
into Louisiana, where at a truck stop she managed to leave a note in a
rest room appealing for help. An employee there found the message and
notified sheriff's deputies, who arrested Teague and Partine in
Iberville Parish after a 100-mph chase. The abducted woman also
testified at Teague's trial.
2 months before the Allen slaying, Teague and Partine,
also an ex- convict, were arrested in Oklahoma for burglary of a bowling
alley. They were using false identities, however, and were allowed to
Partine, now 41, is serving a life term for aggravated
sexual assault. He had 2 previous convictions in Indiana where he was
released from parole supervision in 1982 after serving less than 3 years
of a 14-year sentence.
and his cohort, Robin Partine, robbed Donna Irwin and her date, Tommie
Cox, late at night at a scenic area overlooking Lake Worth in Tarrant
After Teague bound Cox
with a rope and left him lying face down on the ground, Teague and
Partine kidnapped Irwin and left the scene in a truck driven by Teague.
As they left the area, they passed three young men in a four-wheel drive
vehicle going the other way in the direction where Cox had been left.
Teague turned the truck
around and began to follow the four-wheel drive vehicle. Cox had managed
to set himself free, and he approached the four-wheel drive vehicle on
foot as it drove toward him. When the four-wheel drive vehicle stopped,
Cox told its occupants about what had happened and asked for help.
appeared on foot, shot each occupant in the four-wheel drive vehicle at
least once in the head, and took their wallets. Cox escaped uninjured.
One of the occupants of the four-wheel drive vehicle, Kevin Allen,
21, died from his injuries and another suffered permanent brain damage.
The other occupant, James Bell, recovered from his wounds and testified
at Teague's trial.
After the shootings,
Teague and Partine left the scene in their truck with Irwin. Later that
night, they took turns sexually assaulting her. Teague and Partine were
eventually arrested in Louisiana after Irwin left a note in a women's
restroom at a gas station. Irwin also testified at Teague's trial.
On April 29,
1985 Delbert Teague Jr. and Robert Partine were arrested just
west of Baton Rouge for the robbery, kidnapping and slaying they
committed in Fort Worth the night before.
The night the crime took
place, young Forth Worth couple Donna Irwin and Tommy Cox were
sitting in Cox’s pickup at Inspiration Point, a park overlooking
Lake Worth. At about 11 p.m., Teague and Partine drove up to the
couple asking if Cox had a marijuana joint.
Teague and Partine jerked Cox
out if his truck and proceeded to assault and rob the couple. The
men abducted Irwin and began to drive away. Cox flagged down an
approaching vehicle for help after which Teague and Partine backed
up and began shooting at Cox and the three men whom he had just
Cox managed to escape. The
three men shot in the head were Kevin Allen, David Susan and James
Bell. Allen died en route to the hospital, while Susan suffered
permanent brain damage. Bell was shot in the jaw and released in
The following day Irwin was
able to scribble out a distress note in a truck stop restroom. A
customer at the truck stop found the note and gave it to an
attendant, who notified law enforcement officials.
The men were captured five
miles east of the truck stop. “Irwin was really lucky, it was like
divine providence interacting, which made for a miracle feel good
rescue,” Prosecutor Scott Wisch said.
Teague and Partine were
booked at the Tarrant County Jail under $500,000 bond each. Teague
was also on parole for forgery, weapons convictions and manslaughter.
Both men were also arrested
in May 1984 on suspicion of burglary of a bowling alley in Oklahoma.
Teague then posted a $5,000 bond before Montgomery County officials
learned he was on parole.
Teague was able to slip
through the system in Oklahoma by using his alias, Jonathan D.
Dillard. “However, when Teague and Partine were found they had an
incredible amount of evidence in their possession. Teague had all of
his fake IDs, the IDs of the men who were shot and the sales receipt
for the purchase of the weapon under his name,” Wisch said.
Teague was found guilty of
robbery and first degree murder and sentenced to death on Aug. 20,
In an appeal attempt on
January 1986, he filed for a change of venue claiming the case would
be biased based on the media coverage it had received. A hearing was
held in June 1986 where Teague brought into evidence several
different forms of media that broadcast his case.
It was established that he
failed to prove that any members of his jury were prejudiced by the
publicity. “There was a great amount of professionalism on the
media’s part. This was one of my best put together cases in my 20
years of work,” Wisch said.
Teague again appealed his
case on June 23, 1993. He raised twenty two points of error to the
court. All were overruled.
“As far as I am concerned
this was a slam-dunk case for the state. If there was ever a case
that screamed out the death penalty, this one did,” Prosecutor Wes
Delbert Teague Jr., 37, was
executed on Sept. 9, 1998. He was the 158th person
executed since Texas resumed the death penalty in 1982.