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Houston serial killer sentenced to death

March 10, 2020

After five hours of deliberation, a Harris County jury decided Tuesday that serial killer Lucky Ward should be sentenced to death for his role in four murders.

Ward was convicted of killing two people and is believed to have slain two others in the Houston area going back to 1985. All were strangled.

“Jurors had the courage to look at all the evidence, give a voice to the victims, and declare that he was the worst of the worst,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Ward tortured and brutalized his victims with no mercy.”

With their verdict, jurors found that Ward, 55, was a continuing threat to society and should therefore be executed. They rejected the other option under the law: sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Ward, 55, was convicted of capital murder for the slayings of Reita Long and Charlie Rodriguez in September 2010.

Both were found within weeks of each other, one dead on the steps of building belonging to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the other covered in blankets in a north Houston home.

Ward is also believed to have killed Myra Ical, 51 and Carol E. Flood, 62, in 2010.  He was also tied to the death of Birdell Louis, who was strangled in 1985.

Assistant District Attorneys Colleen Barnett, Cameron Calligan and Keri Fuller prosecuted Ward in the 183rd District Court. 

“What we have here is a serial killer,” Barnett said. “The circumstances are indeed horrific” prosecutor Barnett told jurors.

Jurors were told how Ward had committed an array of crime going back at least to 1979 when he raped an 83-year-old woman in Brazoria County. He went on to spend more than two decades in prison.

Most recently he was charged in 2018 for having a shank while in the Harris County jail, where he was locked up awaiting trial for capital murder.

The Houston Police Department investigated the murders.