Texas carried out its fourth execution of 2014, tonight in Huntsville. It was the 512th post-Furman Texas execution since 1982, and the 273rd execution under the administration of Gov. Rick Perry. Texas is responsible for more than 37% of the nation's post-Furman executions.
"Texas man put to death for delivery woman slaying," is Michael Graczyk's AP report, via the Austin American-Statesman.
Anthony Doyle, 29, was given a lethal injection for the 2003 death of Hyun Mi Cho, who was beaten with a baseball bat, then robbed of her car, cellphone and credit cards. Evidence showed Doyle ordered the doughnuts and breakfast tacos that the 37-year-old Cho delivered. He shared the food with friends after stuffing the woman's body in a neighbor's trash can in an alley behind the home in Rowlett, a suburb just east of Dallas.
Doyle shook his head and said nothing inside the death chamber in Huntsville when a warden asked if he had a statement to make. The prisoner's eyes closed as the sedative pentobarbital was injected. He took a few breaths, then began to snore quietly. Soon, he stopped moving.
He was pronounced dead 25 minutes later, at 6:49 p.m.
About two hours before Doyle was put to death, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to block his execution. Doyle's attorney had called for his execution to be delayed, but not over the drug issue. The lawyer said Doyle deserved a new punishment hearing because jurors at his 2004 capital murder trial were given unknowingly false evidence about Doyle's inability to be rehabilitated while he was confined at a juvenile detention facility for his delinquent behavior years before Cho's slaying.
There have been 14 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,373 post-Furman execution since 1977.
According to TDCJ, Texas state district courts have set five additional execution dates.