Ray Jasper was once an aspiring rapper who dreamed of making it big by any means necessary. Even if it meant by way of murder.
In 1998, he was accused and eventually convicted of the stabbing and killing of a music studio owner death, just so he and his buddies could rob him of his equipment.
While the accomplices have all been sentenced to life in prison, Jasper received the capital punishment prize as death by lethal injection and it is set to happen tomorrow, March 19 in Huntsville.
Reports the AP:
Jasper was convicted of the 1998 killing of David Alejandro, 33, who owned and operated a studio where musicians could be professionally recorded for a fee.
Jasper and two friends recorded at the studio for about two hours and then took out knives to attack Alejandro.
“Jasper slashed Alejandro’s throat from ear to ear, but did not kill him,” the Texas attorney general’s office said.
After that, Jasper and an accomplice repeatedly stabbed Alejandro until he was dead. Jasper then covered the body with a sheet and proceeded to steal equipment from the studio valued at between $10,000 to $30,000, the office said.
Jasper has said in a letter sent to the Gawker website that one of his accomplices killed Alejandro, not him.
“Under the Texas law of parties, they say it doesn’t matter whether I killed the victim or not; I’m criminally responsible for someone else’s conduct,” he wrote to Gawker in February.
Mind you, this struggle happened before the Internet was a prominent force in propelling rapper’s careers so the amount of malice found in this deal is astonishing.
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