East Texas Man Executed for Deadly Robbery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Texas has executed an East Texas man on death row for more than two decades for fatally stabbing a convenience store clerk during a robbery.

Fifty-one-year-old Michael Lynn Riley was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday. He was the 15th convicted murderer executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state.

Riley spoke to his victim's relatives including her two daughters and husband, saying quote, "I know I hurt you very bad. I want you to know I'm sorry. I hope one day you can move on and, if not, I understand."

The daughters of Wynona Harris were young children when their mother was killed.

Riley was condemned for the 1986 slaying of Harris, a 23-year-old clerk at the Shop-A-Minit convenience store in his hometown of Quitman, about 75 miles east of Dallas.

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