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Texas executes gang member for killing of girl and grandmother

April 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Texas executes gang member for killing of girl and grandmother

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (Associated Press) — A prisoner on Texas death row for killing a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in Fort Worth a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

Erick Davila received lethal injection for using a laser-sighted semi-automatic rifle to spray bullets at about 20 people — more than a dozen of them children. Annette Stevenson, 48, and her granddaughter, Queshawn Stevenson, were killed and four others were wounded, including the girl who was celebrating her 9th birthday.

Davila, 31, belted to a gurney in the Texas death chamber, offered no apologies. He appeared almost cocky as several relatives of his victims entered the witness area of the death chamber, raising his head off the gurney and acknowledging some that he appeared to know.

“I may have lost the fight but I’m still a soldier,” he said when asked by the warden if he wanted to make a statement. “Take it as it is. To my supporters and family, y’all hold it down. Ten toes down. That’s all I got to say.”

He was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. CDT, 14 minutes after the lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital was administered. Davila was the ninth prisoner executed in the U.S. this year, five of them in Texas.

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