(Updated 3/20/2014) HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former San Antonio rap musician has been executed for a knife attack and robbery that left a recording studio owner dead.
Ray Jasper was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital Wednesday for the November 1998 stabbing death of 33-year-old David Alejandro.
Jasper had acknowledged he slit Alejandro's throat to steal equipment from the San Antonio studio. But he insisted a partner was responsible for Alejandro's fatal stab wounds.
Jasper's execution was the third in Texas this year. Another is set for next week before the state begins using a new batch of pentobarbital obtained through a different pharmacy.
The injection came after lawyers for Jasper, who was Black, argued a Black potential juror at Jasper's San Antonio trial in 2000 was questioned and disqualified improperly because of race. Jasper was the 8th African American man executed in Texas since February 2013. During that time there was also one African American woman executed.
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