Carjacker Will be Texas' 1st Single-Drug Execution

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Dallas man sentenced to die for a 1998 carjacking and murder will be the first Texas inmate executed with the state's new single-drug procedure.

Thirty-three-year-old Yokamon Hearn is set to die Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of Frank Meziere, a 23-year-old suburban Dallas stockbroker who was abducted at gunpoint while he cleaned his car at a self-service car wash in Dallas.

Texas said last week it will use a single dose of pentobarbital, instead of using the sedative in combination with two other drugs. Ohio became the first state a year ago to use a single drug, and several other states have since made the switch.

Courts have upheld the practice, despite death penalty opponents' claims that its prisoners take longer to die with a single drug.

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