Death Row Inmate Henry Skinner Dies


At 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2023, Texas death row inmate Henry Skinner (#999143), age 60, was pronounced deceased at Hospital Galveston. Skinner had a significant medical event on February 13th and had been receiving medical care since that time. Foul play is not suspected and he is believed to have died from natural causes.

Skinner was first received to TDCJ in March of 1995. He was sentenced to death for the murder of three individuals in Gray County.

Henry Watkins ‘Hank’ Skinner was convicted on March 18, 1995, of multiple murders and sentenced to death in connection with the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her mentally impaired sons Randall ‘Randy’ Busby late on New Year’s Eve, 1993, and the stabbing death of her other mentally impaired son, Elwin Caler, early on New Year’s morning, 1994. Skinner filed his final appeal earlier this year, this made his final appeal. He’d been on death row in Texas for 27 years. Skinner filed numerous motions for forensic DNA testing. The testing was not favorable for Skinner. Legal authority has expressed the opinion that this would be the last appeal that could be entertained by any court. The concluding legal act would be the setting of the execution date by the trial court. The execution date for Henry “Hank” Skinner was set for September 13th.