Officer Daniel Nagle
End Of Watch December 17, 1999
By Lance Lowry
Beeville, Texas - An execution date is set for Texas capitol murderer Robert Lynn Pruett. Pruett received the death penalty for the December 17, 1999 murder of Texas Department of Criminal Justice correctional officer Daniel Nagle. On Wednesday Pruett's lawyers found out he wouldn’t escape the Texas death chamber for the second time after a state district judge in San Antonio ruled DNA evidence would not have changed a jury’s 2002 decision to convict him of killing a correctional officer.
District Judge Bert Richardson, the San Antonio State District Court judge who presided over the hearing in the 156th District Court, set May 21 as Pruett’s execution date. Attorneys for Pruett plan to file an appeal. The United States Supreme Court previously rejected the case for review.
Robert Pruett was serving a 99 year sentence at the McConnell Unit in Beeville on December 17, 1999, when Officer Nagle wrote Pruett a disciplinary case while Nagle was working a common area where Nagle kept watch over a barber shop, the craft shop, and a TV dayroom, all of which opened onto the common area.
Around 3:30 on the day of Nagle's death, the building sergeant, Nagle's supervisor, was called to the chow hall to prepare for the dinner chow. The utility officer was called away from the building, leaving Nagle alone without a two-way radio, pepper spray, or backup.
Sometime between 3:30 and 3:45pm on December 17, 1999, it is believed Pruett attacked Nagle with a sharpened metal rod, about six or eight inches long, with a cloth wrapped around the shaft for a handle. Offenders in the dayroom watched Nagle get stabbed repeatedly in the throat and head by Pruett. About 30 minutes later Nagle was discovered dead by a fellow officer.
Nagle attended a rally two weeks prior to his death in Austin, where correctional officers rallied for a special session to address officer shortages and low pay. While at the rally Nagle told supporters "someone would have to be killed" before TDCJ got the message. Nagle at the time of his death was the local union president for the AFSCME Texas Correctional Employee local in Beeville.
A "Wall of Gray" is being planned to support Officer Nagle's family, friends, and co-workers who will attend the scheduled execution of his murderer Robert Pruett. The "Wall of Gray" will consist of uniformed officers prior to the scheduled execution at the Huntsville Unit on May 21, 2014 at 6 PM. Supporters planning to attend the scheduled execution on May 21, should arrive prior to 5 PM.
For additional information please contact the Texas Correctional Employees Council at 1-800-374-9772.