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Texas man executed for slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Texas man convicted of robbing and killing an acquaintance in San Antonio was executed by lethal injection Tuesday, authorities said.

Reginald Blanton, 28, died at 6:21 p.m. CDT, eight minutes after a lethal dose of drugs entered his body, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

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Blanton received the death sentence for the April 2000 robbery and shooting death of Carlos Garza, 22.

Irene Garza, the victim's mother, cried when she looked at Blanton. Her three daughters and her son's former wife accompanied her to the death chamber in Huntsville.

"Believe me, I shed plenty of tears behind Carlos," Blanton said, looking toward the victim's relatives. "Carlos was my friend."

Blanton kicked in Garza's apartment door and shot him in the head when Garza refused to give Blanton his jewelry.

Blanton, who had been on death row since 2001, became the 19th prisoner executed this year in Texas.

His attorneys filed 11th-hour appeals to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court and also sought a commutation of his sentence. All the requests were denied.

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