Texas executes man convicted of killing prison guard with shank

From Reuters - October 12, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed a man on Thursday convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1999, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal to spare his life despite arguments by his lawyers that he was innocent.

Robert Pruett, 38, was put to death by lethal injection at the states death chamber in Huntsville and pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. (2346 GMT), the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. He was the 544th person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. It was Texas sixth execution this year.

Ive hurt a lot of people and a lot of people have hurt me.I love yall so much. Life dont end here it goes on forever. Ive had to learn lessons in life the hard way. One day there wont be a need to hurt people, Pruett was quoted as saying in his last statement by the criminal justice department.

About an hour before the scheduled execution, the Supreme Court said it rejected Pruetts petition. It did not provide a reason.

Pruett, sent to prison as a teenager and serving a 99-year sentence as an accessory to a murder committed by his father, was convicted of killing prison guard Daniel Nagle by stabbing him repeatedly with a shank.


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