All seven of the escaped prisoners were blamed for the death, and they were all sentenced to the death penalty.
Texas was traditionally very punitive against criminals.
The question that will be posed here is, is this really fair? Is this really justice?
You could argue the authorities could not really know which of the robbers had committed the murder, so they should all be punished. But is the death penalty excessive, not knowing which one of them exactly it was who committed the killing?
And this is just a hypothetical, but suppose it turned out that one of the prisoners may likely have been innocent in the first place. Should we feel sympathetic towards that prisoner, knowing that taking part in a robbery was the only way for them to survive? Should that prisoner still get the death penalty?
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