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Texas to carry out first U.S. execution since botched lethal injection in Oklahoma.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:03

May 13 - A Texas man convicted in the brutal rape and murder of a bank teller is citing the recent botched execution attempt in Oklahoma as grounds for a stay of his sentence. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Texas is getting ready to execute this man. He's 41-year-old Robert James Campbell, convicted in 1991 of raping and murdering a bank teller. He's the first prisoner set to be executed in the U.S. since a botched execution attempt in Oklahoma two weeks ago. Now, Campbell says that botched execution should get him a stay in his own scheduled execution. He's asking for a halt in his execution because Texas won't say where it got the drugs to carry out his death sentence. Two weeks ago, officials in Oklahoma were trying out a new combination of lethal drugs during an execution there when the inmate appeared to regain consciousness. He showed visible pain in the middle of his execution. It was halted when his vein collapsed and he later died of a heart attack. Texas officials say they expect to use a different drug in Campbell's execution and don't expect the Oklahoma issue to affect their executions. Campbell's execution would be the 8th so far this year in Texas. The state's carried out more than 500 execution, more than any other state.

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Texas to carry out first U.S. execution since botched lethal injection in Oklahoma.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:03