‘See you on the other side’: Tracy Beatty’s final words before being executed for killing his mom 20 years ago
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS: A man who was convicted of killing her mother 20 years ago, and burying her body in the house yard was executed on Wednesday, November 9 in a state penitentiary in Huntsville. Lawyers had argued that 61-year-old, Tracy Beatty had a history of mental illness and also appealed against execution which was turned down by the Supreme court.
Strapped to a gurney, Tracy also nicknamed as nicknamed the Walls Unit, received a lethal injection of pentobarbital, as per the New York Post. He was pronounced dead at 6.39 pm CT. But before he died, Beatty when asked by the warden if he had any final words, it choked him up and he began to sob.
Tracy Beatty was sentenced to death in August 2004 for the killing of his 62-year-old mother, Carolyn Click with whom he had a “volatile and combative relationship” and argued with her regularly at his East Texas home. After killing Click, Beatty then buried her body beside her mobile home in Whitehouse about 115 miles southeast of Dallas "before blowing her money on drugs and alcohol."
“I just want to thank …,” Beatty spoke his final words as his voice broke. Speaking to her wife who sat behind the glass in the viewing room, Beatty said, “I don’t want you to leave you, baby. See you when you get there. I love you.” Beatty, who had a long white beard and long gray-white hair then blew a kiss to her and then offered his gratitude to fellow death row inmates, naming several. “I love you, brothers,” he said. “See you on the other side.”
Click, who had spoken of assaults from Beatty in the neighborhood and had moved back a month before her death to mend their relationship. However, the pair began arguing daily, and Click asked him to move out at least twice, including just before she was killed, according to trial testimony, the report mentioned further.
In their petition to the courts to spare his life, Beatty’s legal team cited one expert’s opinion that the murderer was “clearly psychotic and has a complex paranoid delusional belief system” in which he thinks correctional officers torture him with their “menacing voices” via a device in his ear. The Supreme Court has not barred those with serious mental illness from the death penalty before, though it has prohibited the fatal sentence to the intellectually disabled.