Texas conducted its 14th execution of 2012, last night in Huntsville. It was the 491st post-Furman Texas execution since 1982, and the 252nd execution 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.
"Texas executes Hernandez for 2001 slaying of woman abducted from San Antonio bus stop," is the AP report, via the Washington Post.
A registered sex offender was put to death Wednesday for the rape, robbery and slaying of a woman abducted from a San Antonio bus stop 11 years ago.
Ramon Torres Hernandez was one of three people convicted in the killing of Rosa Maria Rosado, 37, who was pulled into a car Hernandez was driving after she refused to let go of her purse during a drive-by robbery.
He took several breaths as the lethal dose of pentobarbital took effect, then began snoring quietly. Within a minute, all movement stopped.
His time of death was announced as 6:38 p.m. CST, 26 minutes after the drug began flowing into his arms.
Texas is scheduled to execute Preston Hughes tonight in Huntsville. Jordan Smith writes, "State on Track To Execute Its 15th in 2012," for the Austin Chronicle.
Ohio also conducted an execution this week. "Ohio executes condemned killer who stabbed woman, slit her throat and cut off her hands," is the AP report on the execution of Brett Hartman, also via the Washington Post.
To date, there have been 39 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,316 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, five execution dates have already been set for 2013.