Jewish prisoner Randy Halprin confessed to severely beating an 18-month-old toddler in 1996 and fracturing the boy's skull and was sentenced to 30 years in prison before breaking out and murdering a police officer in 2000.
Halprin was scheduled to be executed on October 10th but the Anti-Defamation League and "100 Jewish attorneys from Dallas and throughout the state" rallied to his defense and got a stay of execution by accusing his judge of being "antisemitic."
From Dallas News, "Texas Seven's Randy Halprin has execution stayed after attorneys allege judge was anti-Semite":
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday stayed the upcoming execution of Randy Halprin, one of the two surviving Texas Seven members on death row.
The 42-year-old Halprin, one of seven prisoners who escaped from the John B. Connally Unit on Dec. 13, 2000, was scheduled to die Thursday for his role in the slaying of Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 days later. But his attorneys, with the support of 100 Jewish attorneys from Dallas and throughout the state, argued in recent weeks that Halprin, who was raised Jewish in Arlington's Congregation Beth Shalom, was sentenced to death by a bigoted judge whose "anti-Semitic views of Mr. Halprin created an unconstitutional risk of bias."...
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By August 1996, he was living in an Arlington apartment with a group of people he had met in a homeless shelter. To pay his rent, Randy would babysit the 18-month-old son of one of his roommates. One night the child was found severely beaten, suffering two broken legs, two broken arms, and a skull fracture. Under police questioning, Randy at first suggested the child’s mother was to blame. He said she was always going out and getting “messed up” and neglecting her toddler.
He stuck with that story until he flunked a polygraph. When he broke down and confessed, he described how he’d beaten and kicked the child when the child wouldn’t stop crying. He even imitated the high-pitched voice the toddler used as he called for his mother. “He was mocking him,” Fort Worth police detective Renee Kamper testified years later. “I’ll probably never forget it.” There were also wounds on the child’s tongue that a doctor testified were consistent with burns from a match or cigarette.
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