Texas Executes Racist Killer

    Lawrence Russell Brewer listens to his lawyer, Doug Barlow, before the second day of jury selection in his capital muder trial at the Brazos County Courthouse Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999.  Brewer is the second of three men charged in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. (AP Photo/Bryan-College Station Eagle, Butch Ireland, POOL)

    Butch Ireland, Pool / AP Photo

    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.

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