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Texas executes a white supremacist convicted of strangling a woman

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (Reuters / EP) –

Justen Hall, a 38-year-old man, has been executed this Wednesday in Texas by lethal injection, 14 years after he was convicted of strangling a woman to prevent him from informing the police about a drug store where he and other members of their white supremacist gang held meetings.

Hall has been pronounced dead at 18.32 (local time) in Huntsville, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Texas executes a white supremacist convicted of strangling a woman
Texas executes a white supremacist convicted of strangling a woman

The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2005 for the murder of Melanie Billhartz three years earlier. According to court records, Hall and a member of his gang buried the remains of the victims in New Mexico.

Hall has become the 19th inmate in the United States and the eighth in Texas to be executed this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Texas has executed more prisoners than any other state since the United States Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

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