Two arrested during Coble Execution

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Two men face charges after a disruption during the execution of convicted killer Billie Wayne Coble.

Before the lethal drug was administered, Coble told five people in the witness room that he loved them.

As he finished speaking, his son Gordon and grandson Dalton Coble became emotional.

Officers stepped in and eventually moved them to a courtyard, where the two men were handcuffed and arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  They both must post a $1,000 to be released.

The 70-year-old Coble was the oldest inmate executed by Texas since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

On August 29th, 1989, Coble murdered his wife’s parents, Robert and Zelda Vicha at their home in Axtell.

He was also convicted in the death of her brother, Waco police officer Bobby Vicha, tying up the children in the home, and then abducting his wife Karen.

During the ensuing manhunt, the vehicle Coble was driving was spotted in Bosque County.

During a pursuit,  Coble crashed the car into a tree.

Both he and his wife were injured but survived.

Coble was convicted and sentenced to death in 1990, but prevailed in an appeal of his death sentence. He received the death sentence again during a 2008 retrial.

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