Longest-Serving Texas Death Row Inmate Dies Of Natural Causes


Roland Chambers, 55, the longest-serving prisoner on Texas death row, has died of natural causes in the Dallas County Jail, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kim Leach said Monday.

Leach said Chambers died at Parkland Memorial Hospital after he was found on the floor of his cell in the Dallas County Jail, where he’d been held since May 2009 pending resolution of an appeals issue.

She said Chambers was transferred to the jail with "a series of health complications."

He died Friday, she said.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice lists Chambers, who served nearly 35 years, as the longest-serving inmate on death row.

He arrived on Jan. 8, 1976, three days before his 21st birthday, after he was convicted of the abduction and murder of a Texas Tech student Mike McMahon, 22, who was visiting Dallas.

He and his date were abducted from the parking lot of a nightclub and driven to the Trinity River where they were robbed and shot.

The couple apparently survived the shooting, but McMahon was beaten to death after he called out to his companion.

Three other men were charged along with Chambers.

Charges were later dismissed against one of the three.

The other two were convicted and sentenced to prison.

One has since been paroled.

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