Karla Faye Tucker was sentenced to death in Texas back in 1984 for the murder of Jerry Lynn Dean and Deborah Thornton. On June 13, 1983, Tucker, Daniel Garrett and another friend, James Leibrant, went to Jerry Dean’s apartment, high on a cocktail of drugs. They had planned to steal parts of Dean’s motorcycle. During the search of his motorcycle, Tucker and Garrett found Dean lying asleep in his bed. Tucker confronted Dean and sat on him, whereupon Dean responded with grabbing Tucker by her arms to protect himself. Garrett intervened and beat Dean with a hammer he had found in his apartment. Garrett left the room after the attack, carrying around the motorcycle parts. Following this, Tucker killed Dean with an pickaxe after he began to make gurgling sounds. Tucker then discovered Deborah Thornton, who had hidden under sheets in a corner. Thornton had met Dean at a party and decided to go with him to his apartment. When Garrett came back, both him and Tucker killed Thornton. Tucker attacked her with the pickaxe and embedded it in her chest. Garrett later disposed of the car with accomplice Leibrent. In September 1983, Tucker and Garrett were tried separately for the murders. While being jailed, Tucker converted to Christianity. She recalled the moment she read the Bible as life changing. One year later in the latter part of 1984, Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Garrett were sentenced to death. Garrett died in prison of liver disease in 1993. Tucker became a model prisoner and felt genuine remorse for the criminal acts she had committed. She helped those in need and gained many supporters after her conversion to Christianity, some of them even advocating the commutation of her death sentence to life imprisonment. However, she was nonetheless executed on February 3, 1998. Her execution remains one of the most controversial in the United States.
Above you can see a photo of Tucker with anti-death penalty activist Helen Prejean.