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Man executed in US for prison guard's death following row over sandwich

A Texas inmate convicted of the death of a prison guard has been executed after the US Supreme Court rejected his lawyer's attempts to halt the punishment.

Robert Pruett was given a lethal injection on Thursday evening for the December 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle at a prison southeast of San Antonio.

Mr Nagle was repeatedly stabbed with a tape-wrapped metal rod, though an autopsy showed he died from a heart attack that the assault caused.

Prosecutors have said the attack stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich that Pruett wanted to take into a recreation yard against prison rules.

The 38-year-old Pruett was already serving a 99-year sentence for a neighbour's killing near Houston when he was convicted in Mr Nagle's death.

Pruett's execution is the sixth this year in Texas.

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