Introducing…Inmate Robert Pruett – UPDATE

UPDATE: On November 18th, 2013,  the prosecutors and judge in the murder case allowed for further DNA testing by an outside expert. This means that Robert Pruett won’t be receiving any “date” until the results of these tests are confirmed.

The original post is below.


This instalment of “Introducing…” is a little different than previous entries. Due to the circumstances surrounding my featured author, Robert Pruett, I had to forgo the usual Q&A format.

That’s because Robert, age 34, is a death row inmate at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas.

Robert Pruett
Robert Pruett

Of his 34 years, he’s spent 19 in prison, 11 of which he’s sat “on the row”. At arrest he was 15 years old but tried as an adult.

Robert and his brother Steven witnessed their father kill a man, for which Robert received a 99-year prison sentence under Texas’ “Law of Parties” rule. A few years later he was convicted in the murder of a prison guard, on the flimsiest of evidence, and given the death penalty.

So why am I featuring him? Because he maintains a fascinating and introspective journal which has been published online. It offers the reader an often chilling glimpse into the Texas legal system, as well as the violent world of its prisons.

It’s not my intention to criticize Texas law, its police, or its prison system (although it appears that all three bears some investigation and overhaul, especially when the accused is dirt poor and without political influence).

My intention is to bring Robert’s writing to this forum. In his own words:

“The primary purpose of this website is not only to expound upon the above mentioned themes, but, more importantly, to reach out to “at risk” kids, youngsters living similarly to the way I once was. It is my hope that the people who are travelling down the road that ultimately brought me to where I am will review my life and try to avoid the countless mistakes that I’ve made in life.”

I can tell you that at-risk youth would benefit from Robert’s recollections. Robert also touches the lives of those he meets personally, and can offer insight as to how others can avoid the same path.

But instead of recognizing his value, the state has decided that he should die.

Robert has a hearing on November 18th, 2013, at which time he may receive his “date”.  Let’s hope he stays around for a long time to further inspire others to walk a straight line.

See you out there…

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2 thoughts on “Introducing…Inmate Robert Pruett – UPDATE”

  1. Its been said the world its small indeed years back I overheard rumors guys who had been on that unit talking of it corruption of guards n how there was access to all kind of drugs and of that incident of the guard getting killed and of the wrong guy getting charged for because of a dangerous gang that anyone fear to speak up the truth so real killer went loose then not long I came across this website of M r Pruett n it rang a bell but didnt know he was set to die because of inmates testimony I was haunted by the rumors back then not to mention my shock to read articles of this guys set to die youre in peoples prayers and DNA will bring true killer to justice dont give up MR Pruett hope by Gods mercy the DNA comes soon and that one day you walk out of there a freed man because lifes too short and you too deserve happiness

  2. After fifteen years and still no evidence directly linking Robert Pruett to the murder that he may yet be put to death for, so many people must know what happened, but will stand by and allow this to happen.

    Is there anyone who was incarcerated by, or worked for, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1999 who, like Bruna Trevino, knows that the inmates’ testimonies that convicted him were false?

    Still a young man, Robert Pruett may be executed not because of corruption in the TDCJ, but because years and years later, not one person has been prepared to put their hands up and tell the truth of what really happened.

    I know how to pass evidence to Robert Pruett’s legal representatives, please, please let me know what you know.


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