Biker Community Creates Harley Soundtrack at Cop Killer’s Execution

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Motorcycle cops and Hog-riding supporters revved their engines outside Texas prison so murderer could hear them as he faced final justice.

The Harley community and motorcycle cops joined forces recently to be heard at the recent execution of convicted murderer Robert Jennings in Texas. Jennings took the life of a police officer in 1988. To show support to their fallen comrade, members of the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club showed up. 30 years is a long time for justice to be served, and as Jennings took his final breath dozens revved their motorcycles so the sound would reverberate through the death chamber.

In 1988, Jennings killed a cop in cold blood in Houston. According to the Houston Chronicle, Jennings and David Lee Harvell were turned away from a strip club because they had no identification. The two then decided they would rob an adult bookstore. Inside, vice officer Elston Howard was on the scene, waiting for a squad car to take the owner in on separate charges.

Jennings fired his gun at Howard, hitting him twice in the neck before fleeing and jumping into the getaway car, telling Harvell he had just shot a security guard. According to the court records, Jennings had said, “After I shot him, the dude went to the ground between my legs, and he was still holding me by my legs, and I had to push him all the way down to the floor, and I then stepped over his body, and I went directly to the cash register.” Howard hadn’t even had time to draw his own weapon.

Jennings spent 30 years behind bars, with his death sentence delayed by appeals. Ultimately he was given a date of execution with the Texas Attorney General’s Office describing the many appeals as “specious.”

On the day of his execution, the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club revved their engines outside the state prison and to make sure the Jennings could hear them as his lethal injection was applied. Jennings was pronounced dead shortly after after the drug was administered.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo summed the process up by saying, “Justice delayed is, to an extent, injustice continued.” In this case, justice was eventually served to the fitting crescendo of motorcycle engines from those who serve and protect on behalf of someone that died serving and protecting.

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Ian Wright has been a professional automotive writer for over two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forums, and 6SpeedOnline, among other popular auto sites.

Ian's obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic, then he trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop Wright from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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