HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Kansas prison escapee Charles Edward Smith was executed Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to pull him over for stealing $22.50 worth of gasoline from a service station.
Asked if he had a final statement, Smith replied, “No sir.”
Smith was pronounced dead at 6:41 p.m.
He never looked at friends and relatives of the slain deputy, who watched through a window a few feet away.
Smith, 41, was the 14th condemned killer to receive lethal injection this year in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review his case.
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