East Texas Man Who Killed Neighbors Is Executed

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An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor couple during a shooting rampage 13 years ago and said he wanted to be put to death for the crime was executed yesterday, the Associated Press reports. Barney Fuller Jr., 58, had asked that all his appeals be dropped to expedite his death sentence.

Fuller was pronounced dead 38 minutes after officials injected a lethal dose of pentobarbital into each arm, somewhat longer than normal.  “Each person is unique in how his body shuts down,” said prison spokesman Jason Clark. Fuller became the seventh convicted killer executed this year in Texas and the first in six months in the nation’s most active capital punishment state.

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