Texas Puts Former Deputy to Death in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A former lawman has been executed Wednesday night for the robbery, rape and slaying of a Houston woman at her flower shop.

Michael Griffith was condemned over the 1994 stabbing death of Deborah McCormick.

When asked Wednesday night if he had a final statement, Griffith told the warden: "no, sir." But as the drugs began taking effect, Griffith said in a whisper, "Please take my spirit to the Lord."

The US Supreme Court in January refused to review his case. Griffith's lawyer filed no additional appeals.

Griffith rose to the rank of sergeant over his ten-year career with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. But Griffith lost his job in 1993 when he was charged with assault, a violation of the department policy on domestic abuse.

Griffith was the 15th condemned prisoner put to death this year in Texas.