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Texas executes its 1st inmate using single drug

Texas inmate put to death for slaying, is state's 1st to be executed using single lethal drug By The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Texas has executed its first prisoner under a lethal injection procedure that uses one drug instead of three.

Yokamon Hearn was sentenced to death in the 1998 carjacking and slaying of a suburban Dallas stockbroker. The 33-year-old Hearn's execution Wednesday was the state's first using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital.

Texas prison officials last week announced they were modifying the three-drug method they've used since 1982.

Hearn's execution came about 3 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused appeals from his attorneys.

Hearn was convicted in the killing of 23-year-old Frank Meziere, who was slain after being abducted from a Dallas car wash.

Hearn showed no apparent unusual reaction to the drug as his execution began. He was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.

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