Execution Set for Condemned Killer of 2 in Fort Worth

A 47-year-old man on Texas death row for the slayings of two men in Fort Worth almost 11 years ago has been set for execution in early January.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said the agency has received orders from a Tarrant County court setting Christopher Wilkins for lethal injection Jan. 11.

Wilkins was scheduled to die last October until prosecutors asked his date be withdrawn to resolve questions about DNA statistics during trial testimony.

Evidence showed Wilkins escaped from a Houston halfway house in October 2005, stole a truck and drove to Fort Worth. He was convicted of fatally shooting two men there for duping him into buying a phony rock of crack cocaine.

Wilkins is among at least five Texas inmates with execution dates.

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