The gang beat the man, humiliating Byrd Jr by spray-painting his face, urinating and defecating on him, and then chained him to the pickup which dragged him along the ground for three miles.
The sick killer was executed in 2011, but his impact on Texas was not confined to just the brutal slaying of Byrd Jr.
In the build-up to his execution, Brewer was afforded the luxury of having a last meal before his death.
And what he ordered was sickening.
He requested two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger with the ‘fixings’ on the side, a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños, a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup, a pound of barbecue with a half a loaf of white bread, three fajitas, a meat lovers pizza, three root-beers, one pint of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts.
However, after the food was ordered and left for him, Brewer refused to eat a thing, claiming he was not hungry.
It was discarded by the stunt saw State Senator John Whitmire to demand prison officials end the ritual – which had been a tradition of 87 years.
In response, the prison agency’s executive director said the practice had been terminated effective immediately.
Last meal requests are synonymous with death row and some of history’s most significant murderers and serial killers have been afforded the same luxury.
Among them was John Wayne Gacy, known as the Killer Clown, who ordered 12 deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, fries and a pound of strawberries before his 1994 execution.
Others have refused the ritual though, including serial killer Ted Bundy.
Instead, after confessing to the slayings of 30 women, Bundy was given a plate of steak, eggs, hash browns, and – none of which he ate.