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Supreme Court Confirms First Single-Dose Lethal Injection In Texas

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Texas set to execute its first ever single-dose lethal injection today.  (Photo by Virginia Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

Texas set to execute its first ever single-dose lethal injection today. (Photo by Virginia Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Condemned prisoner Yokamon Hearn is headed to the Texas death chamber after having his appeals rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hearn, 33, will be the first inmate in the nation’s busiest death penalty state executed by injection with a single lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital. He will be the sixth execution in the state this year.

The justices refused Hearn’s appeals about three and a half hours before he was scheduled for execution Wednesday evening for the 1998 murder of Frank Meziere. The stockbroker was allegedly carjacked at a Dallas car wash, then shot.

Texas prison officials last week announced they were modifying the three-drug procedure used since 1982.

Hearn’s appeals argued his mental disabilities disqualified him from execution. They also contended he had deficient legal help early in his case and that conflicting court opinions hampered filing of late appeals.

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