Walker County Murderer Executed

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

A condemned Walker County killer has been put to death.

Gary Johnson, 59, was executed shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday for fatally shooting a ranch foreman and another man during a burglary almost 24 years ago.

Johnson's lethal injection Tuesday evening came about 2½ hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt the punishment. It's the second lethal injection this year in Texas.

Johnson was condemned for the April 1986 slayings of James Hazelton, 28, and Hazelton's brother-in-law, Peter Sparagana, 23.

The two were killed while investigating a call from a neighbor who reported intruders had driven through a chained gate at a ranch outside Huntsville.

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