SID Number: 03807763
TDCJ Number: 00000992
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: POLUNSKY
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW
Offender Visitation Eligible: NOT
|Offense Date||Offense||Sentence Date||County||Case No.||Sentence (YY-MM-DD)|
|1989-08-19||CAPITAL MURDER (DEATH)||2009-07-02||DALLAS||F89-85961||8888-88-88|
Mark Robertson granted a last-minute stay of execution.
After a night of fishing and drugs Mark Robertson murdered his friend Sean Hill, He shot Hill in the head and then went inside the cottage, killed Hill’s grandmother Edna Brau who was 81 years old. He went through the victims’ purse and then stole her Cadillac.
It was August 1989 mark Robertson was 21 years old.
During his 1991 trial, the jury heard how he murdered 19-year-old Jeffrey Saunders a week before for $55. Saunders was a 7-11 convenience store clerk. Robertson fingerprint on a potato chip bag found behind the 7-11 store linked him to wear the young clerk was killed.
During the trial, Robertson yelled out at Edna’s daughter Christine “I am so sorry”. After being reprimanded by the Judge, Roberson kept quiet through the whole trial except when his mother took the stand. He turned to his lawyers and said make the harassment stop.
Robertson was sentenced to death for killing the grandmother and to 2 life sentences for the murders of Hill in Sanders.
In 2014 during his appeal attorneys argued that Robertson had a long history of child abuse, deprivation, and neglect and may suffer for mental illness, stating, therefore, he did not deserve the death penalty.
The US Supreme Court had determined that those who were sentenced between 1989 and 1991 had followed a procedure that was deemed unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court determined that in the Robertson case the Judge’s instructions were unconstitutional and asked the 5th Court of Appeals to reconsider and overturn the Robertson decision and ordered Robertson to be resentenced.
A divided decision by the court reversed the first ruling and allowed the execution to be reset. Robertson’s lawyers appealed but the Supreme Court refused to hear their claims and Robertson date with death was set once again.
Over the years Robertson’s execution has been set 5 times for the killing of Edna Brau.
During his incarceration, he set fire to sell and tried to escape twice.
During the trial he was diagnosed as a sociopath he met 19 out of the 20 things that describe a sociopath.
The retrial exceeded 1 million dollars in cost, his special defense lawyers were funded by a private unknown donor.