"Texas Seven" Suspects Speak

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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The daring escape from a Texas prison three years ago was worth it, two of the "Texas Seven" fugitives say. But they regretted killing a Dallas-area police officer in a crime that landed them on death row.

Randy Halprin, age 26, says the killing of Irving, Texas police officer Aubrey Hawkins on December 24th, 2000 was, "beyond stupid." And Donald Newbury, age 41, says he believes he would still be free if the officer had not been killed. The slaying boosted the police and media interest in the escape.

The notorious band of fugitives were tracked down by officials near Woodland Park in January 2000.

The men spoke from death row for the first time since they and five of their colleagues were condemned for the slaying of Hawkins, the father of one.

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