Frank Moore insisted until the very end that he fatally shot two men 15 years ago in self-defense.
"Self-defense is not capital murder," the 47-year-old said from the death chamber gurney, the Associated Press reported.
At 6:21 p.m. Wednesday, Moore became the second prisoner executed this year in Texas.
Moore was convicted of fatally shooting Samuel Boyd, 23, and Patrick Clark, 15, outside a bar following an altercation. He claimed the men tried to run him down in their car. SOURCE
Darwin Demond Brown
McALESTER, Okla. — A man convicted of beating a convenience store clerk to death with a baseball bat nearly 14 years ago has been put to death.
Darwin Demond Brown was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m. Thursday after receiving a lethal injection at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
The 32-year-old Brown and three other men were convicted of killing Richard Yost during the February 1995 robbery of a QuikTrip store in Tulsa. Yost's bound and battered body was discovered by a customer in the store's walk-in refrigerator in a pool of blood, milk and beer.
The state Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency for Brown on Jan. 7, and Brown's attorney, James Hankins, said his client had exhausted all of his appeals. SOURCE
A man convicted of strangling his 64-year-old stepmother has been executed in Texas, authorities say.
Reginald Perkins was pronounced dead on Thursday, six minutes after the lethal drugs began flowing, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Perkins, 53, was convicted for murdering Gertie Perkins in December 2000.
Her body was found in the trunk of her vehicle in a parking garage.
An autopsy revealed that her face and mouth were covered in bruises and that she had been strangled with an object like a telephone cord, according to a statement by Texas Attorney-General Greg Abbott.
On the day his stepmother disappeared, Perkins had pawned her ring for $US150 ($A228).
He also got two fraudulent cheques cashed for a total of $US1,100 ($A1,600) from the Perkins' trucking business account. SOURCE