TEXAS (USA): CONVICTED KILLER OF ELDERLY COUPLE EXECUTED
October 21, 2010: A Texas man convicted for the slayings of an elderly couple found brutally beaten and stabbed in their home more than 14 years ago was executed.
Larry Wooten was condemned to death for the 1996 murders of 80-year-old Grady Alexander and his 86-year-old wife, Bessie, in the northeast Texas town of Paris.
Prosecutors said Wooten robbed the couple, taking their savings of $500 so he could buy cocaine.
Wooten was the 17th inmate executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state.
During his brief final statement, Wooten, 51, did not mention the Alexanders.
"I don't have nothing to say. You can go ahead and send me home to my heavenly father," Wooten said.
Wooten had maintained that he didn't kill the couple, for whom he formerly worked doing odd jobs. He claimed he went to their home in Paris, located about 105 miles northeast of Dallas, found the bodies and fled. Wooten had at one time been married to the couple's niece.
DNA evidence, including blood found on the Alexanders' kitchen floor and matched to Wooten, helped convict him. A pair of Wooten's pants stained with Grady Alexander's blood also was found near an area where Wooten had bought drugs around the time of the murders. (Sources: Ap, 21/10/2010)