Supreme Court turns down Houston cop killer’s appeal


  • Deathrow inmate Carl Wayne Buntion.  HOUCHRON CAPTION (05/22/2004):  Buntion. Photo: Tdcj / HANDOUT

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Deathrow inmate Carl Wayne Buntion. HOUCHRON CAPTION (05/22/2004): Buntion.

Deathrow inmate Carl Wayne Buntion. HOUCHRON CAPTION (05/22/2004): Buntion.

Photo: Tdcj





A Houston man convicted of killing a police officer nearly three decades ago lost out Tuesday in the Supreme Court.

The nation’s highest court without comment turned down an appeal from Carl Buntion, a 13-time felon who gunned down a Houston motorcycle officer in 1990.

At 73, the former auto mechanic is currently the oldest prisoner on Texas death row.

During a June 1990 traffic stop for a minor violation, Buntion got out of the car and shot Houston police office James Irby in the forehead then twice in the back. Irby died almost instantly, according to court records.



Buntion had only been out on parole for a matter of weeks at the time of the slaying.

In a 2012 new trial on punishment, his lawyers argued he is no longer a danger to society, highlighting his clean death row disciplinary record. But a Harris County jury sentenced him to death again.

Buntion appealed, invoking due process claims alleging the state’s procedures were “no more than a sham, creating the illusion of process where none exists,” according to court filings. A Texas appeals court did not agree, and the Supreme Court declined the case.


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