Texas has begun carrying out the death penalty again, executing a 45-year-old murderer.
Billy Joe Wardlow was given the lethal injection on Wednesday evening, bringing to an end a five-month delay of executions in the busiest death penalty state brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Wardlow was convicted of the killing of 82-year-old Carl Cole at his home in Cason, about 130 miles east of Dallas in the East Texas piney woods, near the Louisiana and Arkansas borders in June 1993.
The US Supreme Court declined to stop the execution at the state penitentiary in Huntsville.
Wardlow was the first inmate in Texas to receive a lethal injection since February 6 and the second in the US since the nation began reopening following pandemic-related shutdowns.
Strapped to the death chamber gurney, Wardlow declined to make a final statement when asked by the warden.