Texas conducted its 16th and final execution of 2013, last night, in Huntsville. It was the 508th post-Furman Texas execution since 1982. Texas is responsible for more than 37% of the nation's post-Furman executions.
"Texas executes man for corrections officer's death," is the AP report, via the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday evening for the death of a corrections officer during a short-lived escape from prison six years ago.
Jerry Martin, 43, had requested that no additional appeals be filed on his behalf, clearing the way for his lethal injection.
The 16 executions this year in Texas are about average in recent years for the state that accounts for nearly half of the 36 executions in the U.S. so far in 2013. Florida is second with seven. Texas has at least six scheduled for the early months of 2014.
To date there have been 36 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,356 post-Furman executions since 1977. There are several execution dates in other states set for this month.
According to TDCJ, Texas state district courts have already set six execution dates for 2014.