Texas executed Troy Clark and Daniel Acker by lethal injection on consecutive nights, reported The Associated Press. Acker who insisted he didn't run over and kill his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago was executed on September 27, 2018 in Huntsville.
Acker was sentenced to die for the March 2000 slaying of Marquetta George of Sulphur Springs.
Prosecutors say Acker ran over George with his truck in rural northeast Texas because he believed she had been unfaithful to him.
Acker's attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution, arguing he's innocent of capital murder because his 32-year-old girlfriend's fatal injuries were a result of her decision to jump from his truck after he abducted her.
The court declined to halt the execution.
Clark taunted jurors to sentence him to death was executed just after 6 p.m. September 26, 2018 in Huntsville for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel.
Clark murdered his former roommate, Christina Muse, 20, of Tyler. Authorities say Clark, a drug dealer, had worried his ex-roommate would snitch on him.
Clark had argued his trial attorneys failed to present evidence of his troubled childhood, which might have convinced jurors to spare his life.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles declined to recommend a commutation of Clark's sentence.
Clark was the ninth prisoner put to death this year in Texas, the nation's busiest capital punishment state. Acker was the tenth.
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