How Texas Avoided Naming a Stretch of Highway After a Murderer, Instead of the State Trooper He Killed

AUSTIN — Every legislative session, lawmakers write a slew of bills that name sections of highway after notable people who died in their districts.Rep. Phil Stephenson wanted to name a stretch of freeway in Jackson County, near Houston, after Bill Davidson, a state trooper who was killed on duty in 1992. Instead, he filed a bill that would have created the Ronald Ray Howard Memorial Highway. Howard was sentenced to death for shooting Davidson in the neck, and he died by lethal injection in 2005.  Continue reading...

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