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TDCJ adds security for Brewer's execution

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Lawrence Russell Brewer is set to be executed in Wednesday night. Brewer is one of the two men sentenced to death row in the brutal dragging death of James Byrd, Jr.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is making necessary preparation for Brewer and the public and media for the execution day.

Brewer will start his last day in prison seeing his loved ones Wednesday morning.

This will be his last face to face interaction with his family.

Then, he'll be transported from the Polunsky Unit in Livingston to his isolation cell in Huntsville.

There he'll have his final meal, meet with a chaplain, and make his final phone call before heading into the execution chamber.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Jason Clark says because of the nature of the case, security will be in full force.

"We've met with both local and state police and so you'll see an increase presence of law enforcement on the day of the execution and we're just doing that to be proactive just because of the nature of the crime," Clark said.

Former Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles investigated this case and said it's time for him to pay his life for taking another.

"If he would had pleaded with us and showed lots of remorse, I might have a different attitude about it, and that's just being honest, but the lack of remorse made this very easy," Rowles said.

Before the execution, Brewer will be given an opportunity to deliver his "final words", but he's not expected to try to get a "stay" of the execution.

As for John William King, also convicted in the Byrd's killing and also on death row, is appealing his death sentence.

The third man involved, Shawn Berry, is serving life in prison.

12 News HD will have complete coverage from the execution in Huntsville on Wednesday.

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