Texas is scheduled to carry out its 12th execution of 2012, tonight in Huntsville. It would be the 489th post-Furman Texas execution since 1982, and the 250th execution conducted under the administration of Governor Rick Perry. Texas has the nation's most active death chamber and accounts for more than 37% of the executions in America's death penalty states.
"Louisiana Parolee Set to Die in Texas Wednesday," is Michael Graczyk's AP report, via ABC News.
When Louisiana parole violator Donnie Lee Roberts was arrested for fatally shooting his girlfriend at her East Texas home nine years ago, he had an immediate request: the death penalty.
Roberts, 41, is scheduled for lethal injection Wednesday for the October 2003 murder of Vicki Bowen, a 44-year-old dental assistant from Lake Livingston.
To date, there have been 34 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,311 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, six additional executions have been scheduled by Texas district courts, including two set for 2013. The next scheduled Texas execution in November 8.