A Texas man convicted of killing former co-workers at a car wash in 2000 was executed on Thursday, hours after the execution in Ohio of a man convicted of a 1989 double murder, reports Reuters. The lethal injections of Robert Wayne Harris in Texas and Donald Palmer in Ohio brought the number of executions in the United States this year to 29.
Prosecutors in Texas said Harris, 40, shot six employees, five fatally at close range, after forcing them to the floor during a robbery at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving, Texas, on March 20, 2000. Harris was convicted in two of the deaths. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to halt Harris’s execution. The execution of Palmer, 47, was the second in Ohio in 2012. He was convicted of killing Charles Sponhaltz, 43, and Steven Vargo, 41, in Belmont County in eastern Ohio. Palmer apologized to the Vargo and Sponhaltz families in a final statement he read on Thursday. The families of both men had opposed clemency.