Thursday, March 29, 2007

Perry Nears Bush's Execution Record

Vincent Gutierrez was executed in Texas Wednesday night. He was convicted of killing an Air Force officer during a carjacking 10 years ago. “He said he was sorry the situation happened, but it was unclear if he was apologizing for the fatal shooting.”

He also joked moments before dying “Where’s a stunt double when you need one?” he said.

Gutierrez was the 10th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Texas and the 389th overall since the state resumed capital punishment on December 7, 1982. Gutierrez was the 150th condemned inmate to be put to death in Texas since Rick Perry became governor in 2001; a record 152 executions were carried out during the tenure of then-Governor George W. Bush. Another execution is scheduled for Wednesday night in Texas.

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