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Convicted Houston cop killer executed in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Carl Wayne Buntion was executed Thursday for the 1990 murder of Houston police officer James Irby.

Buntion gave a lengthy last statement expressing remorse, but still not accepting full responsibility for Irby’s murder.

“The only thing I can say is it was an amazing feeling, and I feel like I took the deepest breath I’ve been able to in the last 32 years,” said Irby’s widow, Maura.

Maura Irby and her son, Cody witnessed Buntion’s execution. Maura Irby praised the strength and resiliency her children showed in the face of growing up without their father.

“I didn’t think of [Buntion] as a person. I just thought of him as a thing, as a cancer on the face of my family,” said Maura Irby.

Prior to the execution, Cody and his sister Cally Irby spoke about how the 31 years Buntion was on death row only prolonged the family’s pain. Cody was three years old when his father was murdered.

“I’m not angry at the situation, I’m not angry about my father’s death anymore, I’m more angry that it’s taken this long,” said Cody Irby. “It’s not about justice, it’s not about revenge. It’s about a punishment that was given and never followed through with.”

Cally Irby was one year old when her father was murdered.

Cally Irby was one year old when her father was murdered.

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