Texas carries out first US execution of 2017
HUNTSVILLE- Texas on Wednesday put to death an inmate convicted of killing two men over phony a drug deal, the first U.S. execution of 2017.


Christopher Wilkins, 48, was declared dead at 6:29 p.m., 13 minutes after a lethal injection of pentobarbital.


Before the drug was administered, he twice mouthed "I'm sorry," to two relatives of one of the murder victims as they watched through a window. He gave no final statement.


Wilkins had explained to jurors at his capital murder trial in 2008 how and why he killed his friends in Fort Worth three years earlier, saying he didn't care if they sentenced him to death.