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Texas carries out first execution since COVID-19 pandemic began

Texas prison officials were preparing Wednesday to carry out the state’s first execution since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Texas prison photo)
Texas prison officials were preparing Wednesday to carry out the state’s first execution since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Texas prison photo)(KWTX)
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 11:25 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:04 PM CDT
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HOUSTON (AP) - A five-month delay in executions in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic is came to an end Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

A 45-year-old death row inmate died by lethal injection just after 6 p.m. Wednesday for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago.

Billy Joe Wardlow was convicted in the June 1993 killing of Carl Cole while trying to steal his truck at the elderly man's home in Cason.

Wardlow was 18 at the time.

His attorneys unsuccessfully asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution.

It was the first execution in Texas since Feb. 6.

Several inmates won temporary stays because of the pandemic.

The next scheduled executions are in September.

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