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lester back our one of the longest serving inmates on death row in texas was executed wednesday night after more than thirty years of claiming he was innocent john hurst give its is in texas covering the execution , works for power have argued that there is no direct evidence implicating him crime , the weapon that was used , and the state of texas says it has a solid conviction the u. s. supreme court rejected a last minute appeal filed by the sixty seven year olds lawyers , sealing his fate and making him the oldest death row inmate to be put to death in texas , the u. s. supreme court reinstated capital punishment in nineteen seventy six , bauer had already faced imminent execution six times but several appeals and stays had put it off , texas prosecutor said bower who was a chemical salesman with no criminal record shot and killed four men in order to steal a four thousand dollar all true light airplane in nineteen eighty three , though the murder weapon was never found in the end it was bad hours access to exotic ammunition similar to what was used in the killings that did him in