Prison guard’s killer executed in Texas
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas inmate convicted in the death of a prison guard was put to death Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his attorney’s attempts to halt the execution.
Robert Pruett, 38, was given a lethal injection for the December 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle at a prison southeast of San Antonio. Nagle was repeatedly stabbed with a tape-wrapped metal rod, although an autopsy showed he died from a heart attack that the assault caused.
Prosecutors have said the attack stemmed from a dispute over a peanut-butter sandwich that Pruett wanted to take into a recreation yard against prison rules. Thursday that investigators are reviewing police files to see if anyone else reported being assaulted or harassed by him. So far, no filed complaints have been found, he said, other than one well-known case that prompted an investigation in 2015.
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