EXECUTION WATCH: Willie Tyrone Trottie

Willie Trottie

Last meal: Trottie was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Willie Trottie had baked chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, bread, and a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.(per Last Suppers)

Last words: “Find it in your hearts to forgive me. I’m sorry,” he continued. “Jesus take me home.”


*Thug: Willie Tyrone Trottie(age 27 at time of murders)
*Date of execution: 10 September 2014(after 6p.m. Central)
*Date of crime: 3 May 1993
*Victims: Barbara Nell Canada 24, Titus C. Canada 29
*Last meal: TBA, no special requests allowed.
*Last words: TBA

It has been nearly twenty one years since Trottie was sentenced to death by a Harris County jury. That jury issued their sentence only seven months after his double murder.

It is truly unfortunate that it is taking this long for justice to be served. There is no dispute in his guilt, there were numerous witnesses to the crimes and he drove himself to the hospital in one of the victims car for a gun shot wound.

Facts of the case:

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit described the murders of Barbara and Titus Canada as follows:

Trottie and Barbara Canada met and began dating in about 1989. Shortly thereafter, the two moved in together and had a child. In September 1992, the couple separated and Barbara moved in with her family.

Trottie’s behavior towards Barbara became increasingly violent following their 1992 separation. According to state witnesses that testified at Trottie’s trial, Trottie warned Barbara that he would kill her if she did not return to him and repeated the threat several times in the months after she moved out. Barbara’s close friend testified that Trottie called Barbara “constantly” at home and at work, begging her to come back to him. Trottie hit Barbara, bumped Barbara’s car with his own while it was traveling at sixty to sixty-five miles per hour, and once kidnapped her, releasing her only after she promised to reunite with him.

Barbara obtained a protective order against Trottie in March 1993. Nevertheless, state witnesses testified that Trottie telephoned Barbara in April and told her that she had until May 1, 1993 to return to him, or else he would kill her. On May 3, 1993, Trottie called Barbara again and told her that “he wasn’t going to wait around anymore” and again threatened to kill her. One witness testified that Trottie also threatened Barbara’s brother Titus Canada because, according to Trottie, he had gotten “in the way.”

Trottie arrived at the Canada residence at approximately 11 p.m. on the night of May 3, 1993, armed with a semiautomatic 9mm pistol. At the time, there were five children under the age of seven in the house, along with numerous other family members. According to state witnesses, Trottie opened fire immediately, wounding Barbara’s mother, sister, and brother. Barbara’s brother returned fire with a .380 caliber pistol and shot Trottie numerous times. Though wounded, Trottie cornered Barbara in a bedroom and, while she lay on the ground, shot her eleven times. Trottie then returned to the area where Barbara’s brother was lying wounded and, in the view of at least two small children, fired two shots into the back of Barbara’s brother’s head, killing him. Trottie left the Canada home and was arrested a short time later in the emergency room of a nearby hospital.

As to why it has taken so long for justice in this case, every legal tactic to keep this creature alive has been taken.

On May 3, 1993, Trottie was indicted in the 262nd Judicial District Court of Harris County for the capital offense of murdering Barbara and Titus Canada during the same criminal transaction. After Trottie pleaded not guilty, a jury found him guilty of the capital offense. Following a separate punishment hearing, the court assessed Trottie’s punishment at death.

On Sept. 20, 1995, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Trottie’s conviction and sentence in an unpublished opinion.

On Aug. 18, 1997, Trottie filed a state application for writ of habeas corpus in the trial court.

On July 10, 2008, the trial court submitted findings of fact and conclusions of law recommending that Trottie be denied relief.

On Feb. 11, 2009, the Court of Criminal Appeals adopted the trial court’s findings and conclusions and denied Trottie habeas relief.

On March 4, 2010, Trottie filed a federal habeas petition in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

On Sept. 30, 2011, the federal district court denied Trottie’s petition, and denied him permission to appeal.

Trottie sought permission to appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On June 14, 2013, the Fifth Circuit denied Trottie’s request.

On Nov. 13, 2013, Trottie filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court denied certiorari review on March 24, 2014.

On September 8, 2014, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals DENIED Trottie’s motion for a COA on a 60(b) motion.

I haven’t checked as of this writing if his legal team has filed an appeal with the Supremes, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they have/do.

Hopefully all his attempts at staying alive are exhausted and he will face his long overdue justice.

For the Canada family, I can only hope all of them(especially those who were children witnesses) have lived well since this horrible crime and that Trottie’s execution will bring them a measure of closure.

15 Responses

  1. Interesting that this one comes up in light of the Ray Rice situation (domestic violence).

    • I find it even more interesting that not one execution in Texas has been carried out the entire summer. Less than two weeks to go before Fall, so the shutout may end tomorrow night.

      • After what happened in Oklahoma most states put a hold on them for a while. But we’ve got one next week as well (and a female no less) and several more in the works (including one sitting on DR since 1984, which would be the second semester of my freshman year in college).

      • You really need to get on your knees and pray! Shoutout to that!

        • Why Ursula, I’m a little surprised that the only thug-lover on this thread is from Alexandria, La. and not the UK.
          Bless your heart, I said “shutout” which means something entirely different and the summer was not a “shutout” for justice in Texas.
          Your self-righteous criticism is based on stupidity, you really need to read the Bible, starting with the Old Testament.
          Genesis 9-6:

          Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

          If you have any doubt that Trottie shed a lot of human blood, he shot Ms. Canada eleven times and her brother three times, two in the back of his head execution style. I celebrate justice and the victory of good over evil.

  2. Trottie’s lawyers threw up a SECOND basis for delay, dealing with the execution procedure itself. (The denial listed above dealt with his 60(b) claim, essentially re-arguing his previously denied appeals of ineffective assistance of counsel.)

    Here’s the link to the DENIAL of his attorneys’ second filing:

    • Was just going to post this and saw your link.
      I wonder what they are trying today?

      • I have no clue but they’ve got just over four hours to try something.

        Usually you find out about a SCOTUS denial around the time I’m heading home from work. And since I have to get my battery replaced on the way home today, it will most likely be posted before I get home.

  3. Will be quite interesting indeed. It amazes me, the extent to which anti-dp organizations will go in order to stop executions. If anyone is to blame for the “botched” executions, it is the ones refusing to supply the 3 drug cocktail that has been successfully used for years. I guess of there is any doubt about the dosage of pentobarbital, just give a triple dose… or just bring back ole sparky!

  4. DENIED!


    And again I say, DENIED!


    (His attorneys had two separate petitions before the Supreme Court)

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