(Recasts with execution, adds last words, details, byline)
By Jon Herskovitz
AUSTIN, Texas, March 19 Texas on Wednesday
executed Ray Jasper, a 33-year-old aspiring rap musician
convicted of stabbing to death a San Antonio music studio owner
after slitting his throat so he could rob him of equipment.
Texas, which executes more people than any other state in
the United States, said Jasper died at 6:31 p.m. CDT (2331 GMT)
after receiving a lethal injection at its death chamber in
"To my family, we are one. To my beautiful daughter, the
best thing that ever happened to me. I love you endlessly. I am
you and you are me forever," Jasper wrote in his last words, the
Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement.
Jasper was convicted of the 1998 killing of David Alejandro,
33, who owned and operated a studio where musicians could be
professionally recorded for a fee.
Jasper and two friends recorded at the studio for about two
hours and then took out knives to attack Alejandro.
"Jasper slashed Alejandro's throat from ear to ear, but did
not kill him," the Texas attorney general's office said.
After that, Jasper and an accomplice repeatedly stabbed
Alejandro until he was dead. Jasper then covered the body with a
sheet and proceeded to steal equipment from the studio valued at
between $10,000 to $30,000, the office said.
Jasper has said in a letter sent to the Gawker website that
one of his accomplices killed Alejandro, not him.
"Under the Texas law of parties, they say it doesn't matter
whether I killed the victim or not; I'm criminally responsible
for someone else's conduct," he wrote to Gawker in February.
The other accomplices were sentenced to life in prison.
Jasper was the 11th person executed in the United States
this year and the third in Texas.
Including Jasper, Texas has executed 511 people since the
U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976,
according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which
(Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Eric Walsh)