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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Porter, James
TDCJ Number 999378
Date of Birth 8/15/1971
Date Received 3/14/2001
Age (when Received) 29
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 7
Date of Offense 5/28/2000
  Age 28
  County Bowie
  Race White
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Brown
  Height 5' 9"
  Weight 131
  Eye Color Blue
  Native County Tarrant
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation
carpenter, laborer

Prior Prison Record
#589124 on a 5 year sentence from Denton County for one count of burglary of a building. Released on parole to Denton County. Returned from Parole on 6/28/1995 as #712863 on a 45 year sentence from Denton County for one count of murder with a deadly weapon (involves Porter shooting a 40 year old white male transient two times in the head with a .25 caliber pistol and dumping the victim's body in a water well). On 1/14/1998, new commitments received from Madison County on a 5 year sentence for one count of possession of a deadly weapon in a penal institution (homemade knife).

Summary of Incident
On 5/28/2000, Porter, an offender serving time for murder with a deadly weapon, entered a dayroom of the Telford Unit in Bowie County. He fatally assaulted an adult hispanic male offender with a rock inside a pillowcase, a homemade knife, and his boots.


Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic Male