Thursday, October 6, 2016

Texas carries out first execution in 82 days

The 16th Execution of 2016
Six months after the Texas death chamber held its last execution and 82 since the last execution in the U.S., Barney Ronald Fuller Jr. was put to death by lethal injection on October 5, 2016 for the 2003 shooting deaths of his neighbors in rural East Texas, according to the Texas Tribune.
Fuller's execution broke the longest gap between executions in Texas since 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of lethal injection. It also marks the first time Houston County hasput someone to death since the penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976.
Laid out in the Texas death chamber with an IV in his arm, Fuller declined to give a last statement. At 6:23 p.m., a lethal dose of pentobarbital started running through his veins, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was pronounced dead at 7:01 p.m.
Fuller, 53, was sentenced to death for killing Annette and Nathan Copeland, his neighbors on the outskirts of Lovelady, a small town with around 600 residents at the time about 100 miles north of Houston. In the early morning of May 14, 2003, he fired into their home with an assault rifle before breaking in and killing them both with a pistol, according to court documents.

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