Inmate convicted in 2000 slaying executed

October 27, 2009 6:27:35 PM PDT
Condemned murderer Reginald Blanton has been executed for a robbery-slaying in San Antonio more than nine years ago.Blanton, 28, received lethal injection for the April 2000 shooting death of Carlos Garza at the 22-year-old man's apartment.

Blanton maintained his innocence but a security video submitted at his capital murder trial showed him pawning two gold necklaces and a religious medal belonging to Garza about 20 minutes after the shooting. When he was arrested four days later, he was wearing more of Garza's jewelry.

The execution Tuesday evening came less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last-day appeals.

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