Texas ex­e­cutes man in woman’s death

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Dal­las man was ex­e­cuted Tues­day for the 1999 slay­ing of his ex-girl­friend while he al­ready was on pa­role for killing his es­tranged wife.

Wil­liam Ray­ford, 64, be­came the na­tion’s sec­ond in­mate put to death this year, both in Texas, when he re­ceived a lethal in­jec­tion for beat­ing, stab­bing and stran­gling Carol Lynn Thomas Hall, 44. Her body was found about 300 feet in­side a drainage pipe be­hind her home in south Dal­las’ Oak Cliff area.

Asked by the war­den at the Texas Depart­ment of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice’s Huntsville Unit if he had a fi­nal state­ment, Ray­ford apol­o­gized re­peat­edly to his vic­tim’s four chil­dren who watched through a win­dow a few feet from him.

“Carol didn’t de­serve what I done,” he said. “Please try to find it in your heart to forgive me. I am sorry. It has both­ered me for a long time what I have done.”

As the lethal dose of pen­to­bar­bi­tal be­gan tak­ing ef­fect, he lifted his head from on the death cham­ber gur­ney, re­peated that he was sorry and then said he was “go­ing home.”

AP/Ari­zona Daily Sun/JAKE BA­CON

Mike Rice keeps a firm grip last week on an elk in the back of an Ari­zona Game and Fish Depart­ment truck. The elk is head­ing to West Vir­ginia to help re-es­tab­lish a herd in that state.

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