Texan Becomes First Death Row Inmate Executed This Year

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Texas yesterday put to death an inmate convicted of killing two men over a drug deal, the first U.S. execution of 2017, reports the Associated Press. Christopher Wilkins, 48, was declared dead 13 minutes after a lethal injection of pentobarbital. Before the drug was administered, he twice mouthed “I’m sorry,” to two relatives of one of the murder victims as they watched through a window. Wilkins had explained to jurors at his capital murder trial in 2008 how and why he killed his friends in Fort Worth three years earlier, saying he didn’t care if they sentenced him to death.

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