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April 16: Texas Executes Another Black Man

2nd Since April 9th-- 3rd Since Feb 21st--All Black Executions

by Michael Graczyk
Associated Press

    This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Ronnie Threadgill. Threadgill faces lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville, Texas for fatally shooting Dexter McDonald near Corsicana, about 60 miles south of Dallas. Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice (AP Photo)
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A North Texas man convicted in the fatal shooting of a teenager during a carjacking outside a nightclub 12 years ago has been executed.

Forty-year-old Ronnie Threadgill received lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal.

Threadgill expressed love to friends and supporters and said he was "going to a better place."

He was pronounced dead almost 30 minutes later.

Attorneys for the 40-year-old Threadgill argued his case deserved review because he had deficient legal help during his 2002 capital murder trial when he was sentenced to die for the killing of 17-year-old Dexter McDonald.

State attorneys contended the appeal was only an attempt to delay the punishment.

The execution is the third this year in Texas.

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