Billy Wardlow


Billy Wardlow was executed by the state of Texas on July 8, 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Shortly before his death he wrote to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles asking for clemency: "I came to death row a scared boy who made poor choices. I will leave death row a man that others admire because I weathered the storms of life with the help of people that loved me." Billy was only 18 when he committed a tragic mistake. He was convicted and sentenced to death under the claim of future dangerousness. In Texas a death sentence requires a jury to unanimously agree that a person who committed a crime will be a future danger to society. They were wrong about Billy. He spent 25 years on death row and was known by all (staff and prisoners) as a model prisoner. His attorney wrote about him: "He is, as a human being, one of the best of the best." Billy Wardlow was a transformed man who had to grow up on death row and never had a chance to be in the free world the man loved by so many.