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Michael Yowell of Lubbock, Texas, executed for murdering parents

  |   Oct. 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The state of Texas Wednesday executed Michael Yowell of Lubbock for the 1998 murders of his parents.

A last-minute appeal filed Wednesday by Yowell's attorneys was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, and he was pronounced dead in Huntsville at 7:11 p.m., KCBD-TV, Lubbock, reported.

Yowell, 43, was sentenced to death in 1999 for a drug-fueled attack in which father was shot to death and his mother was strangled. His 89-year-old grandmother was fatally injured when their house exploded after Yowell opened a natural gas line.

Yowell's last words were: "I love you, to Gerald you're a zero. I love you Mandy and Tiffany. I love you too. Whenever you're ready."

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