HENDERSON COUNTY — An East Texas man convicted of murdering two law enforcement officers in 2007 has been given an execution date.
According to the Henderson County District Attorney's Office, Randall Wayne Mays, 59, will be put to death for the shooting deaths of Henderson County Sheriff's Office deputies Tony Ogburn and Paul Habelt on Oct. 16. Mays also shot and injured Deputy Kevin Harris.
On June 5, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin affirmed the decision by Judge Joe Clayton, sitting for the 392nd District Court, that Mays is competent to be executed.
After his direct appeal and subsequent Writs of Habeas Corpus had been denied in both state and federal courts, Mays was initially scheduled for execution on March 18, 2015.
Less than a month before the sentence was to be carried out, his attorneys filed a motion challenging his competency to be executed.
The Court of Criminal Appeals agreed that he had met the “threshold showing raising a substantial doubt of his competency to be executed,” overturning the trial court’s determination to the contrary, staying the execution and ordering an additional hearing after at least two mental health experts evaluated Mays' claims of incompetency.