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Recent Texas Executions

John Battaglia2/1/2018John BattagliaAge: 62County: Dallas
Murder of his two daughters.

Their mother yelled into the phone, "Run! Run for the door!" She heard gunshots, then heard Battaglia scream, "Merry [expletive] Christmas."

William Rayford1/30/2018William RayfordAge: 64County: Dallas
Abduction and murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Some of the victim's relatives said she was aware of Rayford's previous murder conviction when they became a couple, but believed it was her Christian duty to give people second chances.

Anthony Shore1/18/2018Anthony ShoreAge: 55County: Harris
Abduction, murder, and/or rape of 5 women and girls.

News articles referred to Shore as the "Tourniquet Killer" because of the manner in which his victims were strangled.

Ruben Cardenas11/8/2017Ruben CardenasAge: 47County: Hidalgo
Abduction, rape, and murder of his teenage cousin.

He gave a confession in which he admitted raping her and killing her, but he said she left the house with him voluntarily and the killing was unintentional.

Robert Pruett10/12/2017Robert PruettAge: 38County: Bee
Murder of a corrections officer while in prison.

"Sure, everyone knew [he] was a stickler for the rules," Pruett wrote, "but where was his humanity? Did I have to be treated like scum for eating my lunch?"


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