A Lubbock man convicted of murdering his parents 15 years ago has been executed in Huntsville. After a last-minute appeal he was pronounced dead at 7:11 p.m.
43-year-old Michael Yowell murdered both his parents here in Lubbock in 1998. Their badly burned bodies were found after a house explosion and fire.
Yowell's attorneys have filed several appeals over the years, including one last-minute appeal on Wednesday, but ultimately, they were all denied.
They argued that Yowell had poor legal help during his trial, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused that appeal on Monday.
Yowell also filed a lawsuit against the Texas prison system last week, along with two other death row inmates, claiming that the state planned to use what they called untested drugs for execution, but over the weekend, a federal district judge in Houston rejected that suit as well.
Overcome by emotion and choked up at the end, 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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