John William King Biography – John William King Wiki
John William King is a white supremacist who was convicted for the murder of James Byrd, Jr., an African American man in Jasper, Texas in the overnight hours of June 7, 1998.
According to court records, Byrd, who was hitchhiking, took a ride from white supremacists John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer and Shawn Allen Berry.
Instead of taking Byrd where he wanted to go, they took him to the logging road outside of town, beat him, defecated and urinated on him and then chained him by his ankles to the truck and started driving. Though Brewer would claim Byrd’s throat was cut by Berry, forensics showed Byrd was trying to keep his head up as he was mercilessly dragged but his head and arm were severed when his body hit a culvert. The men took the remains of Byrd’s body and dumped them in a African-American church cemetery. They then went to a barbecue.
Byrd’s decapitated head was found the next morning and police found a tool with “Berry” engraved and a lighter inscribed with “Possum”, John William King’s nickname. Along the road, investigators discovered 80 separate locations with Byrd’s remains strewn. Police knew the men were white nationalists and the murder was swiftly deemed a hate crime.
The three men were tried and convicted for Byrd’s murder. Brewer and King received the death penalty, while Berry was sentenced to life in prison. Brewer was executed by lethal injection on September 21, 2011. John William King will be executed on Wednesday night, April 24, 2019 after 6 p.m. in the death chamber at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville.
John William King Age
He was was born on November 3rd, 1974.
John William King Tattoos
King was arrested in 1997 on a burglary charge. While locked up, he joined the Ku Klux Klan affiliate group called he Confederate Knights of America. King wanted to create a white power group fashioned after the CKA in Jasper. He referred to himself as the white power group’s exalted cyclops.
John William King had several racist tattoos: a black man hanging from a tree, Nazi symbols, the words “Aryan Pride”, and the patch for a gang of white supremacist inmates known as the Confederate Knights of America.
John William King Death
John William King, who has been on Death Row for two decades, will be executed on Wednesday night, April 24, 2019 after 6 p.m. in the death chamber at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville.