Texas on Wednesday put to death an inmate convicted of killing two men over a drug deal, the first U.S. execution of 2017. He drove a stolen truck to Fort Worth, where he befriended Willie Freeman, 40, and Mike Silva, 33. Wilkins said he shot Freeman on Oct. 28, 2005, after Freeman laughed about the scam, then he shot Silva because he was there. That tally includes seven executions in Texas -- the fewest in the state since 1996. Wilkins is among nine Texas inmates already scheduled to die in the early months of 2017.
Source: Fox News January 12, 2017 01:31 UTC