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white two promises John bill king convicted of killing James Byrd junior in nineteen ninety eight was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Texas on Wednesday king and accomplices Shawna berry and Lawrence brewer were found guilty of murder after kidnapping bird a forty nine year old black man who'd been hitchhiking in nearby Jasper County and dragging him behind their Ford pickup truck for three miles along the logging road tearing his body apart the three men then dumped his lifeless body in front of an African American church prosecutors said the KKK engraved lighter what's among the evidence police found at the scene the killing led to the passing of the James Byrd junior hate crimes act which strengthens punishments for hate crimes in Texas , king always maintained his innocence saying he had left the two others before bird was killed but in a letter king wrote after his conviction he reportedly said quote death before dishonor we have made history berry and brewer were also convicted of murder berry was sentenced to life in prison brewer was executed in two thousand eleven