Texas carries out first execution of 2020

John Gardner, 64, was administered a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner, 41. (Texas prison photo)
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) A Texas death row inmate was executed Wednesday evening in Huntsville for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive.

John Gardner. 64, received a lethal for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner, 41.

Prosecutors said the couple was getting divorced when Gardner broke into his wife’s North Texas home and shot her in the head.

She died two days later at a hospital.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition by his attorneys to intervene in the case.

His lawyers filed no other appeals.