Convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines has been executed for strangling and repeatedly stabbing a suburban Dallas woman at her apartment 21 years ago.
The 40-year-old Hines was 19 and on probation for burglary when he stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wendy Haupt 18 times and strangled her with a cord.
Haupt had moved from the Pittsburgh area to Carrollton to work at a computer company in Dallas, and Hines was staying next door with a maintenance man for the apartment complex.
Hines' execution Wednesday is the 11th this year in Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state.
His family and friends tried to stop the punishment with a late federal civil rights appeal but it was dismissed Wednesday by judge in Houston.
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