Texas Executes Inmate for Abduction, Slaying

Texas prison authorities have executed a convicted killer for abducting a young Houston couple, raping the woman and fatally stabbing the man in 1991.

Jamie McCoskey received lethal injection Tuesday evening at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit.

The 49-year-old McCoskey already was on a form of probation when he was arrested for the slaying of 21-year-old Michael Dwyer and the rape of Dwyer's pregnant fiance. The couple had been abducted from their apartment. Dwyer was stabbed some two dozen times.

McCoskey became the 15th convicted killer executed this year in Texas, which carries out the death penalty more than any other state.

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year refused to review McCoskey's case, and his attorneys filed no last-day appeals in the courts.

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