HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor couple during a shooting rampage 13 years ago has been put to death.
Barney Fuller Jr. had asked that all his appeals be dropped to clear the way for his lethal injection Wednesday evening. It's the seventh execution this year in Texas and the first in six months.
A federal judge ruled earlier this year, after a hearing in which Fuller testified, that the 58-year-old prisoner was competent to make the decision to end his appeals.
Fuller pleaded guilty and then refused to participate in his trial where jurors decided he should die for a May 2003 shooting rampage in which his neighbors, 43-year-old Nathan Copeland and Copeland's 39-year-old wife, Annette, were killed in their home about 100 miles north of Houston.
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