An execution has been set for the man convicted in the 1996 sexual assault and brutal murder of a Tyler woman.

Robert Ladd, 57, was convicted in a Smith County court in 1997 of killing 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner on on Sept. 25, 1996, before setting her on fire and taking items from her apartment, including kitchen appliances and food.

Ms. Garner, was a client of the Andrews Center and lived in an apartment complex on South Fannin with other mental health clients. 

Testimony at his trial showed Ladd worked with Ms. Garner and took advantage of that relationship.

At the time of the homicide, Ladd was on parole after serving 13 years in prison for pleading guilty to three other slayings in Dallas. He was sentenced to 40 years for killing an 18-year-old Dallas woman and her two children, ages 3 and 8 months, in 1978.Testimony in that trial showed he stabbed the woman and set her house on fire, killing the family.

In 2003, Ladd received a reprieve from the Fifth Circuit nine hours before his scheduled execution.

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down an appeal in April that claimed Ladd was ineligible for execution, because he is mentally impaired. In October, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Ladd's appeal, and Texas has set the execution date for Jan. 29.




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