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Tracy Lane BEATTY





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 25, 2003
Date of birth: January 23, 1961
Victim profile: Carolyn "Callie" Click, 62 (his mother)
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Smith County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on August 13, 2004
TDCJ Number
Date of Birth
Beatty, Tracy 999484 01/23/1961
Date Received
Age (When Received)
Education Level
08/13/2004 43 10
Date of Offense
Age (at the Offense)
11/25/2003 42 Smith Co.
Hair Color
White Male Black
Eye Color
5' 08" 162 Blue
Native County
Native State
Prior Occupation
Smith Co. Texas Laborer
Prior Prison Record

TDCJ #442312 on a 4 year sentence from Dallas County for Injury to a Child.  Beatty was released on Mandatory Supervision and returned with a new conviction, a 15 year sentence from Dallas County for Theft.
Summary of Incident

On 07/25/2003 in Smith County, Texas, Beatty strangled his mother, a sixty-two year old white female, placed her in the bathtub for two days and then buried her in a shallow grave in their backyard.
Race and Gender of Victim
White Female
August Execution Date Set for Tyler Man

By Casey Knaupp -

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A 48-year-old Tyler man condemned in 2004 for killing his mother returned to a Smith County courtroom Wednesday and was ordered to be executed on Aug. 13.

Tracy Lane Beatty exhausted his state appeals when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied him habeas corpus relief in a May 6 opinion. The defendant was brought back to Smith County from death row Wednesday and 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. set his date of execution.

Beatty will pursue federal appears so it is unlikely he will be executed on that date.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld his capital murder conviction and death sentence March 11.

Beatty was convicted and sentenced to death by lethal injection by a Smith County jury for killing Carolyn "Callie" Click, 62, stealing her car, draining her credit and bank accounts to buy drugs and alcohol, giving away her personal items and burying her body in a shallow grave behind her mobile home Nov. 25, 2003.

Beatty’s lawyers filed the writ of habeas corpus, presenting 10 allegations that challenged the validity of his conviction and sentence. Skeen submitted findings of fact and conclusions of law, and recommendation that relief be denied was followed by the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Defense attorney Jeff Haas told Skeen he would file an appeal in federal court.

Defense attorneys Robert Perkins and Don Davidson also appeared in court for the brief hearing, as well as District Attorney Matt Bingham and First Assistant DA April Sikes.

The Trial

Neighbors testified Ms. Click and Beatty had a rocky relationship and fought almost daily but that the victim offered her son a place to stay after he was paroled from prison in October 2003.

Ms. Click reportedly had kicked her son out of her house the day of her murder. Beatty told family, friends and law enforcement about five different stories before he led authorities to his mother's body and confessed nearly a month after the murder, evidence showed.

A pathologist testified Ms. Click was suffocated, strangled or smothered to death. She suffered broken bones in her neck, cracked ribs, blunt force trauma to her head and a fractured breastbone.

While awaiting the capital murder trial, Beatty was found with a long, sharp metal shank in jail. Also before the trial began, Beatty was found in contempt of court for refusing Skeen's order to provide the state with a handwriting sample.

Parole records indicated Beatty threatened a parole officer and assaulted his mother, which resulted in his parole being revoked before the capital murder offense.

Witnesses said Beatty had been arrested 21 times for various offenses, including injury to his 18-month-old niece in which Beatty shocked her with an electrical cord, burned her with a cigarette, pulled out her hair and struck her in the face.

There were 16 incidents where Beatty threatened or attacked prison employees or showed other acts of violence while in several Texas prisons. Since 1987, when Beatty was first released from prison on parole, the defendant has been in and out of prison and has had his parole revoked four times. Beatty was on parole at the time of the capital murder.

Beatty once claimed to be a member of the Arian Circle, a white supremacist prison gang.


Tracy Lane Beatty



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