Office of the Attorney General News Release ArchiveFriday, November 10, 2000
Tony Chambers Scheduled To Be Executed
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Tony Chambers who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 15th.
Chambers was convicted and sentenced to death for the November 1990 rape and murder of 11 year-old Carenthia Bailey in Tyler, Texas.
Chambers was seen leaving a school basketball game with Carenthia Bailey. She never returned home. Carenthia's body was found two days later in the woods near Dogan Middle School. It was determined that she had been strangled. There was also evidence that Bailey had been raped and there were twenty or more puncture wounds to her abdomen.
The same day Carenthia's body was found, Chambers admitted to police that he had met up with her at the basketball game, then walked with her into the woods where he had sex with Carenthia and strangled her.
PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY
Chambers' girlfriend Juanita Benson testified at trial that while she and Chambers lived together, she frequently called police due to fights they had. Benson also testified that after she broke up with Chambers, he would come by and throw rocks at her house, pulled the phone cord out of the wall and set a bottle on fire and threw it into a window in her house.
Benson also said that Chambers threatened to shoot her in front of police if they came to arrest him. Chambers had been previously arrested for public intoxication, evading detention, traffic tickets, burglary and assault/retaliation.
11/16/2000 Johnny Paul Penry (Polk County)
If this execution is carried out, it will be the 236th execution since executions resumed in Texas in December 1982 and the 72nd since Attorney General Cornyn took office.
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