Oklahoma carried out its second execution of 2013, last night.
"James Lewis DeRosa, Okla. man, executed by lethal injection for couple's 2000 death, report says," is the AP report, via CBS News.
James Lewis DeRosa was killed by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, becoming the state's second inmate executed this year.
At a clemency hearing last month, DeRosa took responsibility for his role in the Oct. 2, 2000, stabbing deaths of Curtis and Gloria Plummer, for whom he had previously done some ranch work. He also apologized to their family.
"I can't express how truly sorry I am for the pain I've caused the Plummer family," DeRosa said. "I take full responsibility for their deaths. If not for me, they wouldn't have died that night."
The Oklahoma execution was the 16th of the year in an American death penalty state. To date there have been a total of 1,336 post-Furman executions since 1977.
Oklahoma has conducted 104 executions since 1990. It trails Texas, with 499 executions, and Virginia (110) in the number of post-Furman executions. These three states account for 53% of American executions.
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