Relatives of two murder victims plan to witness the execution this week of the man who killed their loved ones, the first time victims’ relatives would be allowed in the Texas death chamber.
Texas leads the nation with 104 executions since the death penalty resumed in the state in 1982, but has never allowed victims’ family members to witness executions. The state joins such others as Virginia, Louisiana, Washington, California, Montana and Utah in allowing the practice.
Leo Jenkins, 38, is set to die by injection Friday evening for the 1988 shooting deaths of Kara Voss and her brother, Mark Kelley, during a robbery of their Houston pawn shop.
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