Texas is scheduled to carry out its 13th execution of 2012, tonight in Huntsville. It would be the 490th post-Furman Texas execution since 1982, and the 251st 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.
Condemned Texas prisoner Mario Swain is to die for the beating, stabbing and strangling of a woman during a break-in at her East Texas home a decade ago.
The 33-year-old Swain faces lethal injection Thursday evening in Huntsville for the slaying of 46-year-old Lola Nixon at her home in Longview.
To date, there have been 36 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,313 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, two additional executions have been scheduled by Texas district courts for this year. Five execution dates have already been set for 2013. The next scheduled Texas executions are November 14 and 15.