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The Nation | IN BRIEF / TEXAS

Woman Convicted of Murder Is Executed

September 15, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

Frances Newton was executed in Huntsville for the fatal shootings of her husband and two children 18 years ago, becoming the third woman, and first black woman, to be put to death in the state since executions resumed in 1982.

Strapped to the death chamber gurney, with her parents among the people watching, Newton, 40, declined to make a final statement, quietly saying "no" and shaking her head when the warden asked if she would like to speak before being given a lethal injection. She was pronounced dead eight minutes after receiving the drugs.

About three dozen people demonstrated outside the prison.

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