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Texas Breaks Record For Executions

Thu., June 12, 1997

A man convicted of killing a couple at a lovers’ lane during a $15 robbery became the 21st person to be put to death in Texas this year on Wednesday, surpassing the state’s annual record set in 1935.

Earl Behringer, 33, was condemned for the 1986 shooting deaths of Daniel Meyer Jr., 22, an Army lieutenant, and Meyer’s fiance, Janet Hancock, 21, a high school and college classmate of Behringer.

The couple was parked in a remote area of Mansfield, southeast of Fort Worth, when they were ambushed, robbed and gunned down. An accomplice who testified against Behringer and received a life sentence said Behringer shot the couple after realizing Hancock recognized him.

Before his execution by injection, Behringer said: “It’s a good day to die. I walked in here like a man. I am leaving here a man.”

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