The first white man in Texas to be convicted of the murder of a black man was executed on Wednesday night, after 20 years on death row.
John William King, a 44-year-old white supremacist, was put to death in the Texas death chamber in Huntsville with a dose of pentobarbital.
He declined to give any last words, but he prepared a statement in advance, saying: “Capital Punishment: Them without the capital get the punishment.”
King, an ex-convict who had decorated his body in racist tattoos including one of a black man hanging in a noose, was convicted of the murder of 49-year-old James Byrd Jr in the town of Jasper, Texas.
King and two other white men attacked Byrd early one Sunday morning in 1998, after offering him a ride home.