| Crime |

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

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Leon David Dorsey IV
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

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

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.