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2nd Texas Execution in 2 Days

September 19, 2002|From Reuters

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man who killed a fellow student at Texas A&M University while burglarizing her home in 1994 was executed by lethal injection Wednesday.

Ron Shamburger, 30, was the second person in two days and the 26th person this year put to death in Texas, which leads the nation in capital punishment.

He was condemned for murdering Lori Baker, 20, after he broke into her College Station, Texas, home on Sept. 30, 1994, to steal money.

Baker, who months before had gone dancing with Shamburger, awoke to find him in her bedroom, so he shot her in the head.

He then used a knife to try to remove the bullet from her head and when he could not find it, poured gasoline over her body and set it on fire.

In a final statement while strapped to a gurney in the Texas death chamber, Shamburger quoted extensively from the Bible and apologized to Baker's family, several members of whom witnessed the execution.

Shamburger's parents also witnessed the execution and he apologized to them, saying: "Forgive me. Thank you for your love."

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