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Texas executes man for 1994 double slaying

DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas executed a man by lethal injection on Tuesday for a 1994 double slaying during an armed robbery, the seventh convict put to death this year by America’s most active death penalty state.

Leon Dorsey, 32, was condemned for the 1994 murders in Dallas of two video store employees, whom he shot to death in a robbery that netted him $392.

He was serving time for another murder when he was convicted and sentenced to die in 2000 for these crimes, which at the time shocked the city of Dallas.

The Dallas Morning News said on Tuesday that Dorsey, dubbed “Pistol Pete” on the street, was one of the “meanest men on Texas’ death row” with a long history of infractions including assaulting and threatening to injure prison staff.

In his last statement while strapped to the gurney in the state’s death chamber in Huntsville, he said “Yeah, I love ya’ll, I forgive ya’ll.” He had no last meal request.

Texas executes more prisoners than any other U.S. state. Dorsey was the 412th inmate put to death in Texas since 1982, when it resumed executions six years after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment.