Stephen Peter Morin was executed by lethal injection on March 13,
1985. Morin withdrew all appeals after pleading guilty to the 1981
capital murder of Carrie Marie Scott. Morin was later convicted of
the killings of Janna Bruce in Corpus Christi and Shelia Whalen in
In the early morning hours of Dec.
11, 1981 in San Antonio, Morin shot and killed 21-year old Carrie
Marie Scott in front of Maggie’s Restaurant, her place of employment.
She interrupted Morin in the process of stealing her car. She
confronted Morin and was shot.
“Morin said he never intended to kill Ms. Scott,
he pleaded with her to leave him alone but then he said something
came over him and the gun went off,” said Patricia Murrey, a close
friend of Morin’s.
Later that day Morin abducted
Margaret Palm from a local shopping center. Morin and Palm drove all
day and Morin ended up boarding a bus to Austin from Kerrville.
Morin was apprehended in Austin ending a four-year
FBI manhunt. Morin was a fixture on the FBI’s most wanted list for a
number of years. At the time of his arrest Morin was a suspect in
more than 30 violent crimes from coast to coast.
Morin, a self-proclaimed “born again” Christian,
shocked the legal community by becoming only the second man in Texas
history to plead guilty to capital murder. “We discussed all the
options. Stephen chose to plead guilty and with the state’s case
against him it was his best defense,” said Pete Torres, Morin’s
defending attorney. “Morin’s new-found faith was significant in his
decision to plead guilty and withdraw all appeals.”
Morin had no desire to fight his conviction or
the death-penalty sentence. “Morin knew he was guilty and was
accepting of whatever the judge thought he deserved, he was a
changed man and if the Lord wanted him to remain on Earth or go home
to heaven, Stephen was willing,” said Charles Galloway, a friend of
Up until the time of his death, Morin remained a
suspect in over 30 unsolved cases around the nation. He chose to
remain quiet on those cases. “Morin never discussed those cases with
me until they came up in litigation, and even then he was and
unclear when discussing them,” Torres said. “Stephen was involved in
an awful lot but he told me he honestly had no recollection of any
crimes he may have committed, Murrey said. “It is as though that
whole part of his life has been blanked from his memory.”.
Morin led a bible study on death row and received
a degree in biblical teachings. Morin looked forward to his
execution date and served as an inspiration to the other inmates on
death row. “Stephen was prepared and referred to his execution as a
graduation day,” said Murrey. “We were the first to see Stephen that
day and all day he kept joking and saying this was a ‘great day,”
Because of Morin’s heavy drug use, medical
technicians searched for nearly 40 minutes to find a usable vein for
the injection. Morin was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m. March 13,
1985, becoming the sixth man be executed in Texas since the state
began using lethal injections in 1982.