TEXAS, USA. MAN EXECUTED FOR 1999 TRIPLE MURDER
June 20, 2006: 28-year-old Lamont Reese was put to death by lethal injection for killing three men in 1999 outside a Fort Worth convenience store.
Reese was condemned for shooting the three men on March 1, 1999, with an assault rifle after they talked to his girlfriend, Kareema Kimbrough, who was sentenced to life in prison for her part in the shootings.
Two other people were wounded in the attack.
Reese claimed he had no part in the murders and again protested his innocence in a final statement while strapped to a gurney in the death chamber.
"Whether you believe it or not, I did not kill them," he said. "The people that did this -- they know. I am ready, warden. Love you all."
Reese was the 12th person executed in Texas this year and the 367th put to death since the state resumed capital punishment in 1982, six years after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a national death penalty ban, a total that leads the nation.
Texas has 13 more executions scheduled through October 2006. (Sources: Reuters, 20/06/2006)