Convicted killer Derrick Sonnier has been executed for the slayings of a woman and her young child at their suburban Houston apartment almost two decades ago.
Sonnier shook his head negatively when asked if he had any final
statements. He was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m., eight minutes
after the lethal dose began.
Sonnier, 40, made a similar trip to the death house seven weeks
ago but was spared when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stopped
his scheduled punishment after lawyers raised questions about the
legality of the lethal injection procedures.
That appeal subsequently was rejected, Sonnier's death date was
reset for Wednesday evening and his legal avenues to avoid
execution were exhausted.
He was the third Texas inmate to die this year and the 13th
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