Fort Worth gang member to die for killing girl, grandmother

Staff Writer

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a prisoner sentenced to death for killing a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a 9th birthday party in Fort Worth have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution, which is scheduled for Wednesday.
Erick Davila faces lethal injection for using a laser-sighted semi-automatic rifle to spray bullets at about 20 people — more than a dozen of them children — in apparent retaliation for an attack by one of the people attending the party on April 6, 2008. Annette Stevenson, 48, and her granddaughter, Queshawn Stevenson, were killed and four others were wounded, including the birthday girl.
If the execution goes ahead Wednesday evening, Davila, 31, would be the fifth Texas inmate executed this year, and the ninth nationally.
Queshawn Stevenson's sister, then 11, testified she saw a man inside a dark car holding a gun with "a red dot," and a short time later saw him standing next door and shoot. Davila was caught the next day after a brief police chase....To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.