Robert Wayne Harris (Texas prison photo)
HUNTSVILLE (September 20, 2012)—Texas death row inmate Robert Wayne Harris, 40, who confessed to killing five people in 2000 at a Dallas-area car wash from which he was fired a week earlier, was executed Thursday evening in Huntsville.
Harris received a lethal injection a little more than an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court refused his final appeal.
Harris was convicted in two of the five murders at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving and also led police to the remains of a woman he was accused of abducting and killing.
Harris didn't deny the slayings, but his lawyer contended Harris was mentally impaired.
The U.S. Supreme Court has banned on execution of mentally impaired people.
His appeal also questioned whether prospective jurors at his trial in Dallas were removed improperly because of their race.
He was the eighth Texas prisoner to be executed this year.