When asked if he had a final statement, Fratta reportedly said "no."
Fratta, a public safety officer in Missouri City, plotted to kill his wife amid a divorce and custody battle over their three children, the District Attorney’s Office said.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Robert Fratta hired Joseph Prystash to oversee the killing of his wife, 34-year-old Farah Fratta, and Prystash hired his neighbor, Howard Guidry, to carry out the shooting. On Nov. 9, 1994, Guidry fatally shot Fratta’s estranged wife in their family garage as she was returning home, the District Attorney’s Office said.
At the time of the fatal shooting, Fratta and his wife’s children were reportedly 3, 6, and 8 years old.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Fratta was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death in 1996. However, after an appeal, he was given a retrial more than a decade later, in 2009. He was found guilty again and sentenced to death.
Robert Fratta’s son, Bradley Baquer, and Farah Fratta’s brother, Zain Baquer, were reportedly present for the execution.
Prystash and Guidry have not yet been scheduled for their executions but are currently on death row for the fatal shooting of Farah Fratta, KPRC-TV reports.
In a statement, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said, "Robert Fratta showed that he was the worst of the worst through the cowardly act of hiring others to do his dirty work and then hiding behind his position of authority as a law-enforcement officer to try to escape responsibility."
According to The Associated Press, Fratta’s execution was the first in Texas this year and the second in the nation. There are reportedly eight other executions scheduled this year in Texas so far.