Texas executes man for 1996 strangling, beating death
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Texas has executed a man who was convicted of strangling a woman and beating her with a hammer before setting her body on fire two decades ago.
Robert Ladd received a lethal injection Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
The high court also turned aside an appeal in which Ladd's attorney questioned whether the drug Texas uses in lethal injections was potent enough to execute him without causing unconstitutional pain and suffering.
The 57-year-old Ladd was on parole after pleading guilty years earlier to a triple slaying in Dallas when he was arrested for the 1996 killing of 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner at her apartment in Tyler in East Texas.