Man sentenced to death for Popeyes manager's murder in northwest Harris County
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A jury has sentenced the man convicted of murdering a Popeyes manager during a 2009 robbery in northwest Harris County to death.
The jury's decision to put George Curry, Jr. to death came late Thursday evening.
"He killed my son. He took my son. He doesn't deserve to be here," mother Barbara Virappen said.
Curry was convicted last week of killing 19-year-old Edward Virappen during a robbery at a Popeye's Chicken on FM 529 in May 2009. Authorities say Curry walked into the restaurant and ordered two employees in a cooler in the back. And even though Virappen followed his instructions, Curry still shot and killed him.
A Crime Stoppers tip led to Curry's arrest about two months later. Eyewitnesses then identified Curry from a photo lineup, and he was arrested at his home.
The courtroom was emotional as the sentence was revealed. Jurors could have sentenced Curry to life in prison without parole, but now he's the first murder suspect to receive the death penalty since last summer.
Curry stared at the victim's family members as they shared their victim impact statements, but he didn't show much emotion.
Family members say a lot of support has helped get them through everything.
Curry, by the way, is a former Popeye's employee, though it's unclear whether he worked at the location he robbed that night.
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