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Thursday, February 12, 2009

431st Person Executed Today in Texas Since 1982

Today Texas executed fifty-one-year-old Johnny Ray Johnson, who was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m.

Johnson was the 192nd person executed since Rick Perry assumed the office of governor of Texas in December 2000. Overall, 431 people have been executed in Texas since 1982. There were zero executions in Texas between 1964 and 1982. Virginia, with 102 executions, comes in a distant second to Texas in number of executions.

The Houston Chronicle has the details.

There are four executions scheduled in Texas in March, beginning with Willie Earl Pondexter on March 3.

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