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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Texas Executes Racist Killer Butch Ireland, Pool / AP Photo

Texas Executes Racist Killer

As the nation looked to Troy Davis in Georgia, the state of Texas quietly executed Lawrence Russell Brewer, a white supremacist who killed a black man in 1998 by dragging him behind his pickup truck. Brewer was the first of two to be put to death for the crime, while a third man received a life sentence. He spoke no last words, and tears formed in his eyes as he died, according to the Houston Chronicle. Brewer’s execution came after the Supreme Court issued stays to halt Texas’s two previous scheduled executions.

September 22, 2011 6:33 AM