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Texas, Georgia men executed for slayings

Texas, Georgia men executed for slayings

A man convicted of a double slaying was executed on Tuesday in Texas and another man was executed in Georgia for stabbing to death a neighbor who had spurned his sexual advances.
In Texas, thirty-four-year-old James Edward Martinez was executed at the state prison in Huntsville on Tuesday for the 2000 fatal shootings of Sandra Walton, 29, whom he dated briefly, and Michael Humphreys, 19, a friend of the woman, outside her Fort Worth apartment complex.
Martinez was convicted of opening fire with an assault rifle to gun down the two after stalking Walton to collect a debt. He was the 11th Texas inmate executed this year and the first of two set to die on consecutive nights this week.
In Georgia, Robert Newland, 65, was put to death by lethal injection at the state prison at Jackson. He was the first person executed in Georgia this year.
Newland was convicted in 1987 and sentenced to death for the slaying of Carol Sanders Beatty, a 27-year-old former state and national amateur diving champion.
Authorities say Newland went to the woman's duplex on St. Simons Island in May 1986 after a drinking binge and tried to kiss her. They say he drew a knife and stabbed her repeatedly after she refused his advances.
The woman died hours later, shortly after identifying Newland as the killer to police.


Updated : 2020-12-02 19:49 GMT+08:00