Oldest inmate on Texas’ death row – a cop killer – finally has execution date set by a judge



HOUSTON, TX- On Tuesday, January 4th, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that the oldest inmate on Texas’ death row, 77-year-old Carl Wayne Buntion, who murdered Houston Police Officer James Irby during a traffic stop in 1990, will be put to death by lethal injection on April 21st.

Buntion has served 31 years on death row and his execution date was set by the judge at the request of prosecutors during a hearing at the Criminal Justice Center. In a statement, Ogg said:

“He shot a policeman in the head more than 30 years ago and it is time that he be held accountable for his horrific crime. He robbed Officer Irby of his life and deprived the Irby family of a lifetime of memories with him; it is time for them to have justice.”

The fatal shooting occurred on June 27, 1990 when Officer Irby stopped a car on Airline Drive and Lyerly Street for a traffic violation.

Reportedly, Buntion was a passenger in the car and when Officer Irby was talking to the driver, Buntion got out of the vehicle and shot the officer in the head. 

As if that wasn’t horrific enough, Buntion shot Officer Irby twice in the back as he fell to the ground. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), Officer Irby sustained five gunshot wounds from Buntion’s .357 handgun and died of his injuries. 

Oldest inmate on Texas' death row - a cop killer - finally has execution date set by a judge

Buntion fled the scene and fired multiple shots at others who where nearby as he made his getaway.

He was caught in a nearby building and apprehended by police. In 1991, a jury convicted Buntion of capital murder and sentenced him to death.

According to reports, Buntion already had an extensive criminal record before murdered Officer Irby, including 13 prior felony convictions. While incarcerated, he became a prominent member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang. 

The cop killer appealed his sentence because the jury wasn’t told of his difficult upbringing and so Buntion was granted a re-sentencing in 2012 at which he was sentenced to death by a jury for a second time. 

In 2016, Buntion appealed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals claiming 27 different points of alleged error, but that court unanimously denied his request.

He reportedly appealed that verdict as well to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, but the justices declined to review the case.

Buntion proceeded to file more appeals raising habeas corpus issues in state and federal courts.

All of those appeals were eventually denied and he finally appealed the denial from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. Once again, the nation’s highest court declined to hear his case.

Maura Irby, Officer Irby’s widow, now lives in Austin with her children that she shared with Officer Irby.

Her daughter, Cally, is now 31-years-old. She had just turned one-year-old when her father was killed by Buntion. Officer Irby’s son Cody is now 33-years-old and was just three-years-old when he was murdered.

Maura shared the following statement with KPRC 2:

“I just found out this morning that Carl Buntion is being executed. It’s been 30 years. We’ve been waiting for this. I wish James was here to see this. It is good to close the chapter on my husband’s murder. We can now put this away.”

When Officer Irby was murdered, he was an 18-year veteran of the police department. 

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Let’s make a deal? Accused cop killer will no longer face death penalty if convicted thanks to leftist prosecutor

December 7th, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — An accused cop killer will no longer face the threat of the death penalty if he is convicted because of a deal the suspect and his defense team made with current Marion County prosecutors.

Jason Dane Brown is charged with one felony count of murder for the shooting death of Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron William Allan, 38, who died July 27, 2017.

Despite former Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry vowing to seek the death penalty against alleged shooter Jason Dane Brown, the case has been lingering since 2017, and now the death penalty is no longer an option.


Curry resigned in 2019 for health reasons and passed away earlier this year, according to a report by WIBC.

Now, after 4 ½ years, the attorneys for both sides want the murder case resolved quickly all of a sudden.

The current Marion County Prosecutor is Ryan Mears. He appears to have a Facebook page, and many of his posts focus on criminal justice reform.

For example, Mears posted an editorial that he wrote on how the criminalization of marijuana increases racial disparities. He suggests that marijuana should be decriminalized and hopes that the Indiana General Assembly will work to legalize it in 2022:

“I believe that Hoosiers across the state deserve a more fair criminal justice system, and the legalization of marijuana will create significant progress in that regard.”

Mears’ biography on the Indiana government’s website states:

“As Chief Trial Deputy in the Prosecutor’s Office, Ryan has championed reform and set new expectations for the criminal justice system in Marion County.

“He coordinated the July 2019 Second Chance Workshop, bringing together Prosecutor’s Office staff, nonprofit organizations, and pro bono attorneys to serve individuals interested in expungement and reinstated suspended driver’s licenses.

“Ryan has also drawn together agency support for community programs such as Laundry & More on the city’s far eastside.”

According to a report by WTHR, Brown, a tattoo artist, successfully asked for and was granted a waiver of a jury trial. The waiver means a judge will decide Brown’s fate in the murder case instead of a jury.

With the death penalty being dropped by the Marion County Prosecutor Office, one condition of that waiver for the suspect includes the possibility of a life sentence without parole.

WIBC reported:

“In exchange, Brown won’t demand a jury — Marion Superior Judge Mark Stoner will hear the case in February.”

Defense attorney Denise Turner told WIBC that skipping a jury trial would have two main benefits: it would speed up the process by three or four weeks and could eliminate the possibility of a mistrial.

If convicted, Brown faces 45 years to life in prison.

WIBC reached out to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, but it declined to make a comment.

Guy Relford told the Hammer and Nigel Show he had mixed feelings about Prosecutor Mears’ decision:

“If this was the decision of the family, I understand that – especially if they’re trying to avoid going through the trauma of a trial.

“For me personally, why even have a death penalty in the state of Indiana if we’re not going to use it against this guy?”

For background, here is what happened.

Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron William Allan, 38, was fatally shot when he responded to a motor vehicle accident on the afternoon of July 27, 2017, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Witnesses said the vehicle was travelling at “a high rate of speed, went airborne, then upside down and landed in the yard,” WTHR reported.

Lt. Allan and a Homecroft police officer were the first to arrive on the scene and rushed to help the vehicle’s occupants.

The alleged driver of the overturned car was Brown. He and a passenger were inside the wrecked vehicle. According to police, Brown was “hung up in the seat belt and was kind of wedged in,” WTHR reported.

Brown was reportedly panicking, so Lt. Allan told him to calm down. The officer then crawled into the vehicle to assist the passenger.

Police said at that point, Brown pulled out a gun and starting shooting Lt. Allan at close range, WRTV reported.

Witnesses said Brown continued firing even as the wounded lieutenant tried to crawl away to safety, WTHR reported.

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Lt. Allan was shot at least 11 times with a gun that contained a magazine that could hold 20 rounds, according to a report by WTHR.

The Homecroft officer and an off-duty reserve deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office returned fire and shot Brown.

The wounded lieutenant was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he succumbed to his multiple injuries, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Brown was transported to the hospital, treated for his gunshot wounds and survived, WTHR reported. He was later charged with murder.

Lt. Allan was a six-year veteran of the Southport Police Department and a 20-year veteran of law enforcement. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife and two sons, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

In 2017, the police station’s street Derbyshire Road was renamed Aaron Allan Way.

Brown’s trial is set for Feb. 7, 2022 in Marion Superior Court. He is charged with one felony count of murder, as well as a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.  

According to WTHR, Brown has a prior criminal history, which includes a 30-day sentence for possession of a controlled substance. He was also convicted of driving on a suspended license.

Another kindred spirit in the progressive prosecutorial world may be found in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia’s District Attorney Larry Krasner is another proponent of criminal justice reform. In 2017,  the “completely unelectable” Krasner won the district attorney race.

In 2018, he announced his new policies in a memo that would take effect on Feb. 15.

He was re-elected in 2021 by voters who liked his progressive agenda.

In his victory speech, Krasner said:

“It’s a movement that has been led by black and brown and broke people, and progressives.”

However, crime in the city has concerned its residents, causing the district attorney to claim that there is no crisis.

Krasner recently assured the public that there is “no crisis of crime” even though the city already broke its all-time grim record for homicides this year, which is not quite over.

As of Dec. 6, there have been 521 homicides in Philadelphia, which is higher than the previous record of 500 homicides in 1990.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer:

“As of Monday morning, the city had recorded 521 homicides, up from 462 at this time last year, according to the police department. Shooting incidents are up 4.4% while robberies with guns are up 24.7%.”

Krasner, who has served as the city’s district attorney since 2017, said that while gun violence is up, other violent crime categories are down and blamed the media for misrepresenting crimes:

“I understand that there is a long tradition in journalism of reporting around terrible crimes and, frankly, selling newspapers off of it, selling clicks, selling newspaper coverage, but we all have to resort to the truth. We all have [to] know what we’re talking about.”

On Monday, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Krasner said at his weekly news briefing:

“We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence.

“It’s important that we don’t let this become mushy and bleed into the notion that there is some kind of big spike in crime.”

When a reporter asked if tourists to the city should be concerned about visiting for the holidays, Krasner downplayed the safety issues:

“No, they should not. They should come into the city of Philadelphia, they should enjoy every wonderful thing this city offers, in terms of shopping, in terms of staying overnight, in terms dining out, in terms of walking around with their kids, wearing their mittens, they should enjoy all of that.”

Stanley Crawford, who cofounded the Families of Unsolved Murder Victims Project shortly after his son was slain in 2018, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Krasner should be “ashamed” of himself for making the distinction between gun crime and other offenses:

“How insensitive must you be to make a statement like that when you know how many people have been shot and murdered and the arrest rate is atrocious.

“There’s been 521 murders and the year isn’t even done yet.

“We had a pregnant woman shot in the stomach to kill the baby before it got out of the womb; we hada 14-year-old-boy shot 18 times coming home from school; you got a 67-year-old a man driving by Lincoln High School shot in the head and killed.

“I can’t believe that he said that.”

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