WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — After one stay, an appeals court rejection of the stay, another stay and another rejection from the same appeals court this week, the execution by lethal injection of a man who killed a former Wichita Falls mother and her son in Fort Worth in 2005 was final Wednesday night, November 16, in Huntsville.
Attorneys for 55-year-old Stephen Barbee had filed appeals based on his poor physical condition, alleged denial of his religious rights in the execution chamber and errors by trial attorneys.
Their last gap appeal to have the U.S. Supreme Court halt the execution was turned down Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the same day as the scheduled execution.
He was pronounced dead at 7:35 p.m., 26 minutes after a fatal dose of pentobarbital began flowing into his body.
Barbee was sentenced to death after he killed 34-year-old Lisa Underwood because he thought he was the father of Underwood’s unborn child and was afraid she would tell his wife.
DNA tests later proved he was not the father.
Underwood’s 7-year-old son Jayden son was also smothered when he tried to defend his mother.
Barbee later led police to the victim’s bodies buried together in a shallow grave in Denton County.
Underwood attended Rider High in the mid-80s and was a member of the choir.