March 12, 1997
Tell Mama I love her.
Age: 32 (21)
Executed: March 12, 1997
Education level: 9th grade
brother and another accomplice abducted, robbed and raped Rice
University student Cindy Rounsaville, 25, on April 21, 1986. When
she tried to flee, Barefield shot her twice in the head.
His brother was
sentenced to 45 years in prison. The other accomplice got a life
sentence for an unrelated rape-abduction.
Texas Executes Killer Of
March 14, 1997
The leader of a gang that hunted through Houston apartment complexes
for people to rape and rob during a six-month period in 1985-86 was
executed on Wednesday for the shooting death of a college student 11
The convicted gang leader, John Kennedy Barefield,
32, died by lethal injection for the abduction, rape and murder of
Cindy Rounsaville, an architecture student at Rice University, in
1986. Mr. Barefield, who was born four months after the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was named for him.
In April 1986, Mr. Barefield and two other men
abducted Ms. Rounsaville, 25, at gunpoint in the parking lot of her
apartment complex. They forced her to withdraw $70 from an automatic
teller machine and raped her in a car.
Evidence at his trial showed he shot her twice in
the head as she was on her hands and knees in a field after running
from the car.