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Texas inmate dies for slaying mom, child

Derrick Sonnier Derrick Sonnier

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP)  Convicted killer Derrick Sonnier has been executed for the slayings of a woman and her young child at their suburban Houston apartment almost two decades ago.

Sonnier shook his head negatively when asked if he had any final statements. He was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m., eight minutes after the lethal dose began.

Sonnier, 40, made a similar trip to the death house seven weeks ago but was spared when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stopped his scheduled punishment after lawyers raised questions about the legality of the lethal injection procedures.

That appeal subsequently was rejected, Sonnier's death date was reset for Wednesday evening and his legal avenues to avoid execution were exhausted.

He was the third Texas inmate to die this year and the 13th nationally.

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