Texas executes man convicted of killing woman during 2010 burglary


Death row inmate Mark Soliz poses for an undated prison booking photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice September 9, 2019. Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) – A man convicted of shooting a 61-year-old grandmother to death as he and his accomplice burglarized her home during a week-long crime spree in 2010 was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday in Texas.

Mark Soliz, 37, was declared dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT (2332 GMT) at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville.

Soliz was the 15th inmate in the United States and the sixth in Texas to be executed in 2019, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Texas has executed more prisoners than any other state since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Sandra Maler

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