Texas Executes Man for Bludgeoning Mechanic to Death in Robbery

Texas has executed a 45-year-old man convicted of killing an auto mechanic during a robbery; fleeing from the scene in the late mechanic's car.
Gregory Russeau died at 6:49 in the evening local time.
He succumbed to a lethal injection inside the state's death chamber in Huntsville.
Russeau was convicted of bludgeoning James Syvertson to death with a hammer inside his automobile repair garage in Tyler during 2001.
The Texas Attorney General's office said investigators found DNA and fingerprints belonging to Russeau in the 75-year-old man's garage.
The execution marks the 527th conducted by the state since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.