Texas Readies Single-Drug Execution for Carjacker

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Convicted killer Yokamon Hearn once bragged how the carjacking murder that would send him to death row earned him a newspaper headline.

Now he faces the notoriety of news stories proclaiming him the first Texas prisoner executed under a new single-drug procedure.

The 33-year-old Hearn is set to die Wednesday evening in Huntsville for the 1998 fatal shooting of 23-year-old suburban Dallas stockbroker Frank Meziere. He was abducted at gunpoint while he cleaned his car at a self-service car wash in Dallas, then shot 10 times.

Hearn would be the sixth Texas prisoner executed this year but the first since officials last week announced the switch to single-drug lethal injections. The previous method used three drugs.

Hearn has appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court to block the punishment.

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