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Willie Trottie, Texas Double-Murderer, Executed

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A man convicted of gunning down his former common-law wife and her brother more than two decades ago in Houston was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday evening.

Willie Trottie's execution was carried out about 90 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-day appeals. He had contended he had poor legal help at his trial and questioned the potency of the execution drug. Trottie apologized to the relatives of his victims and asked for forgiveness as he was about to be executed.

"I love you all," Trottie, 45, said. "I'm going home, going to be with the Lord. ... Find it in your hearts to forgive me. I'm sorry." As the lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital took effect, he closed his eyes and breathed quietly. After about eight breaths, he opened his mouth to exhale, then closed it. There was no further movement. Trottie was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m. CDT

Trottie was sentenced to death for the murders of Barbara Canada and her brother. Texas has now executed eight prisoners this year. Missouri executed its eighth on Tuesday.

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