WASHINGTON Ė The state of Texas executed on Tuesday a prisoner sentenced to death for fatally shooting a convenience store owner during a 2004 attempted robbery, despite pleas from the victimís family for clemency.
Christopher Young, 34, was pronounced dead at 6:38 pm local time (2338 GMT) after receiving a lethal injection at Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, near Houston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) reported.
On Nov. 21, 2004, Young, then 21, shot and killed Hasmukh Patel at Patelís San Antonio mini-mart and dry cleaning store.
Young claimed he committed the crime under the influence of alcohol and cocaine and did not intend to murder Patel. He was sentenced to death in 2006.
Last week, Patelís son Mitesh participated in a protest to call for the state of Texas not to execute Young, arguing that it would not take his family toward ďany positive outcome.Ē
However, all court appeals and clemency requests were in vain.
On Tuesday, Young dedicated his final statement to his victimís family.
ďI want to make sure the Patel family knows I love them like they love me. Make sure the kids in the world know Iím being executed and those kids Iíve been mentoring keep this fight going. Iím good Warden,Ē he said, according to the TDCJ.
Youngís was the eighth execution this year in Texas and the 13th in the country.
Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the US has executed 1,478 inmates, 553 of whom in Texas, the highest among other states.