When shots from a pellet gun and arrows from a crossbow didn't kill their intended victim and provide the adrenaline rush they desired, Michael Wayne Hall and Robert Neville switched to a .22-caliber rifle, reported the Austin American-Statesman.
"Target practice," they bragged after they were arrested two weeks later for the torture and slaying of Amy Robinson, a 19-year-old with mental disabilities whom they knew.
Hall, 31, is set to be executed today, 13 years to the day since Robinson was abducted as she rode her bike to work at an Arlington supermarket. Neville was put to death five years ago.
Hall would be the first convicted killer executed this year in Texas. His lawyers have argued that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for lethal injection; his latest appeal was turned down Monday by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, according to the American-Statesman.