Executed: Texas Executes Former Rapper Ray Jasper for Knife Murder of Recording Studio Owner

ray-jasperA former San Antonio rap musician was executed Wednesday for a knife attack and robbery more than 15 years ago that left a recording studio owner dead.

Ray Jasper, 33, was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital for the November 1998 stabbing death of David Alejandro.

Before being put to death, Jasper spoke quietly, asking his family to “take care of each other, stay strong and faithful to God.” He also thanked his supporters and told his daughter that he loved her, adding that she “be strong, be positive, have a great life.”

Jasper then asked that the “Lord God almighty in heaven Jesus Christ see my spirit.”

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As the drug started to take effect, he took a couple of deep breaths, then began snoring – each snore less noticeable until all movement stopped. He was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. CDT – 20 minutes after being given the lethal dose.

A printed statement from Jasper that was similar to what he said as his final words was handed out after the execution.

During his case, Jasper had acknowledged he slit Alejandro’s throat to steal equipment from the San Antonio studio, but he insisted a partner was responsible for Alejandro’s fatal stab wounds.

Alejandro’s brother, Eddie Alejandro Jr., was listed as a witness to Jasper’s execution but did not attend. A statement from him was released after Jasper’s death.

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