According to his testimony, Coy Wayne Coy Wayne Wesbrook went to visit his ex-wife, Gloria Jean Coons, at her home in Channelview, Texas, in the Greater Houston area. He was invited to a party at Coons’ apartment along with other friends Diana Ruth Money, and three other males. Wesbrook had gone there with hopes of rebuilding the relationship with Coons, but went into a rage when the party’s attendees began to mock him because Coons had cheated on him in the bedroom. At some point in the evening, Wesbrook noticed that his ex-wife and two of the men had slipped away, and when he went into the bedroom, he found Coons having sex with both of the men. While they were mocking him they were playing keepaway with his keys, tossing them back and forth to each other, preventing him from leaving. He was able to get his keys back and he left. A very short time later he returned in his truck and pulled out his .30-06 hunting rifle and returned to the residence, where he then fatally shot his ex-wife, all three of the males, and Money in the residence. At about 2 a.m., a neighbor heard the gunfire, grabbed their cell phone, went next door, saw the corpses, and called 911. Coy Wayne Wesbrook was arrested at the scene, and it is unknown whether his testimony is accurate or not. [[There were 2 witnesses that called 911. The first witness lived upstairs and heard Wesbrook kick open the door and fire off 2 shots. Knowing exactly what the sound was the neighbor called 911 and while on the line The dispatcher heard the other 3 shots ring out]
In 1998, Wesbrook’s trial began, and due to his low IQ the defense asked the jury to show mercy for Coy Wayne Wesbrook. However, the prosecution said that Wesbrook had been fully aware that what he was doing was wrong and that made him fully responsible for his actions. The prosecution immediately sought the death penalty. The jury found Wesbrook guilty and fully responsible for his actions and recommended the death sentence, and on September 2, 1998, Wesbrook was sentenced to death, being placed on death row the same day. Wesbrook was initially located in the Ellis Unit, but was transferred to the Allan B. Polunsky Unit (formerly the Terrell Unit) in 1999. Despite his low IQ and the disputed testimony of Dr. George Denkowski, Wesbrook was not granted another trial. On March 9, 2016, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected a last-minute appeal that had been filed because of concerns over Wesbrook’s possible mental impairment. Wesbrook was executed by lethal injection that evening, and was pronounced dead at 8:04 PM.
- February, 01, 1958
- Houston, Texas
- March, 09, 2016
- Huntsville, Texas
Cause of Death
- execution by lethal injection