|Inmate Apologizes "From the Bottom of My Heart" Before Execution|
A Texas inmate who was a member of a white supremacist gang was executed Wednesday evening for strangling a woman nearly 20 years ago over fears she would alert police about his drug operation. Justen Hall, 38, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the October 2002 slaying of Melanie Billhartz. Prosecutors said Hall killed Billhartz, 29, with an extension cord from his drug house in El Paso and then buried her body in the New Mexico desert.
Hall also had been charged with a second slaying and from the Texas death chamber gurney apologized “from the bottom of my heart” to the families of both of his victims “for the pain and suffering I caused.”
“It should never have happened,” he said, his eyes red and watery.
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