April 28th, 2010
02:51 AM ET

Texas carries out seventh execution this year

Samuel Bustamante, convicted of the 1998 fatal stabbing of a man, was put to death in Texas Tuesday.

The execution was Texas's seventh of the year, and the state has at least nine more executions scheduled during the summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Bustamante, 40, received the lethal drug cocktail at 6:14 p.m. CT (7:14 p.m. ET). He was pronounced dead eight minutes later, authorities said.

The seven executions in Texas this year total one less than all the other states combined, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington-based nonprofit organization opposing the death penalty.

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  1. deb

    AAAH.... only in Texas would summer be known as Execution Season! Get going yall, this might be the year you set yet another record for state sanctioned murder. Undoubtedly a record to be proud off!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hellsjoker

    The death penalty is not nesasssary it is done for "punishment purposes", to make someone die, to watch them squirm, to make them experience horror. We have long had the medical ability to use surgery to alter the bad portion of the criminals brain rendering him or her harmless yet we refuse to do that as it is not as spectacular as is an execution.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hellsjoker

    I have heard that Texas has the record on executing innocent people, and remember when they killed the old lady, she was so weak they had to help her to the chamber, then their was bamby, the girl who was involved with a murder when she was 16, by the time they killed her she looked like bambi the deer going to the butcher but kill her they did, no mercy, a hate filled lot these Texans and oh, good old GW Bush himself pushed that one through.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
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