Two states execute killers

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A condemned killer who twice avoided death last year was executed Tuesday night as the Supreme Court refused on a 5-4 vote to block the lethal injection.

Troy Kunkle, 38, spent more than half his life on death row for shooting a man and robbing him of $13 in Corpus Christi.

The 1984 shooting gained notoriety with disclosures that Kunkle, from San Antonio and then 18, quoted lyrics of a song by the heavy metal rock group Metallica after 31-year-old Stephen Horton was gunned down.

The execution was the second of the year in Texas, the nation’s busiest execution state.

The most recent delay for Kunkle came Nov. 18 when the Supreme Court stopped the execution about 40 minutes after he could have been strapped to the gurney. Tuesday’s execution date was his sixth.

Also Tuesday, a man was executed in Georgia for fatally stabbing a teenager and beating him with a baseball bat as he pleaded for his life during a robbery.

Timothy Don Carr, 34, received a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for killing 17-year-old Keith Patrick Young in 1992.

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