Tomorrow, One of Dallas's "Meanest Criminals" Is Set to Die

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Leon David Dorsey IV
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Leon David Dorsey IV will likely be executed tomorrow for shooting to death on April 4, 1994, two East Dallas Blockbuster clerks for $392 in the cash register -- a crime to which he admitted four years later, while serving 60 years for another 1994 slaying. The Associated Press today details Dorsey's violent past, including the 1994 slaying of a Korean convenience store owner in Ennis. Former Dallas County prosecutor Toby Shook, now a criminal defense attorney at Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl, tells the AP that the man known as "Pistol Pete" was a bad, bad man: "I did 21 death penalty cases either as the lead or on a team. Upon reflection, Leon Dorsey is probably No. 1 as the meanest criminal I prosecuted." Dorsey has written his own essay about Death Row available here, where he cautions: "Enter the mind of a man, murderer, living just to die!" --Robert Wilonsky


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