Man gets death for killing motorists for tire rims

June 24, 2011 3:07:12 AM PDT
Jurors in Houston have sentenced Teddrick Batiste to death for killing a 26-year-old motorist to steal the flashy wheel rims from his car.

The Houston Chronicle reports that after the sentencing for Horace Holiday's capital murder, Batiste's mother Rowena Scott could be heard yelling outside the courtroom, "I'm sorry for what my baby did! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

The Harris County jury sentenced the 23-year-old Houston man Thursday after convicting him in the 2009 killing.

Prosecutors say Batiste coveted the spinning chrome rims on Holiday's Cadillac on U.S. 59, so he drew alongside the car and opened fire. A wounded Holiday veered off the freeway, crashed his car into a gas pump at a service station and crawled in search of help. Batiste walked up and fired a fatal shot.