Texas executes inmate for killing fellow prisoner

January 30, 2009 07:51

Texas has executed a prison gang member who fatally injected a fellow inmate with an overdose of heroin in retaliation for snitching on him. Ricardo Ortiz was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. Thursday. The 46-year-old was the fifth Texas inmate to die this year and the second of two executions in consecutive nights this week in America's most active death penalty state. Ortiz was condemned for the retaliation slaying of 22-year-old Gerardo Garcia more than 11 years ago. Authorities say Garcia was killed so he couldn't testify about bank robberies the pair was suspected of carrying out.

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