A Texas man accused of killing a city worker was executed on Tuesday night, despite his lawyers' argument that he should be spared death due to mental illness.
Adam Kelly Ward, 33, who had been on death row since 2007, was convicted of killing a city worker in 2005 over a dispute concerning large amounts of trash piled up outside his house in Commerce, Texas, located around 65 miles northeast of Dallas. Ward said he was defending himself when he shot and killed Michael Walker, 47, a code enforcement officer, who was taking photos of the piled-up junk. Walker was unarmed at the time, carrying only a cellphone and camera.
During his 2007 trial and in subsequent appeals of his death sentence, Ward’s attorneys presented evidence of his delusions, paranoia and bipolar disorder. The Supreme Court refused to review Ward's case in October, and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal last week. He was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday night after his lawyers' failure to obtain a stay of execution.