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Texas Executes 2, Ties Record At 20

Thu., June 5, 1997

Texas tied its 1935 record for executions in a year on Wednesday by putting two murderers to death, a man who shot a convenience store clerk and a gang leader who ordered the beating of a teenage girl.

Dorsey Johnson-Bey, 30, became the 19th convicted killer to be executed by injection in the state this year. A little more than an hour later, Davis Losada, 32, became the 20th.

Losada chatted with a chaplain before the execution and said, “This is nothing incredibly special. God is with me. Everything’s cool.”

In his final statement, Johnson-Bey said: “I’d like to tell my family I love them and always be strong and keep their heads up and keep faith in Jesus.”

The state has four more executions scheduled this week and at least 11 slated this month.

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