Texas executes man convicted of 1993
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[December 12, 2018]
By Suzannah Gonzales
(Reuters) - The state of Texas on Tuesday
executed an inmate convicted of shooting a man to death and sexually
assaulting his wife after trying to rob the newly married couple on the
campus of a community college near Dallas 25 years ago.
Alvin Braziel, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time,
according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was executed
by lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville.
Asked by the warden if he had any last words before he was put to death,
Braziel expressed thanks to "all those overseas, Italy and France, for
their support for death row prisoners.
"I would also like to apologize for Lori for the second time for her
husband dying at my hand," he added, before telling the warden, "You may
Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001 for attacking
Douglas and Lora White at gunpoint while they were on a walk along a
jogging trail at Eastfield College, a Dallas-area community college, on
Sept. 21, 1993, according to court documents.
The couple told Braziel they had no money before he shot Douglas and
sexually assaulted Lora, according to her testimony in court. The case
remained unsolved for the better part of a decade.
Braziel was serving a sentence for another sexual assault seven years
later when authorities made a positive DNA match that placed him at the
scene of the crime against the Whites, court documents showed.
Braziel appealed his conviction on several grounds, arguing he was
denied adequate legal representation and due process and that he is
intellectually disabled and thus ineligible to be executed. His appeals
were denied by several courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.
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Alvin Braziel appears in a booking photo provided by the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 10,
2018. Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout via REUTERS
Braziel became the 13th inmate to be executed in Texas and the 24th
in the United States this year, according to the Death Penalty
Information Center, an organization that tracks executions in the
(Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by
Scott Malone and Matthew Lewis)
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