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    Texas carries out first US execution of 2017

    Texas carries out first US execution of 2017
    Updated 7:07 pm, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Texas execution (all times local):

    6:30 p.m.

    Texas has executed death row inmate Christopher Wilkins, who was convicted of killing two men after one of them mocked him for falling for a phony drug deal.

    The lethal injection of the 48-year-old Wilkins Wednesday is the nation’s first execution this year. Twenty were carried out in the U.S. last year, the lowest number since the 1980s.

    Wilkins was declared dead at 6:29 p.m. local time.

     

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