Texas man executed for beating death

November 5, 2009 4:36:02 PM PST
A man convicted of using a rifle to fatally beat and shoot an East Texas man during a burglary almost 12 years ago has been executed. The case of 32-year-old Khristian Oliver gained notoriety after his appeals focused on whether jurors improperly consulted a Bible to justify their decision to send him to death row.

The lethal injection came Thursday evening after an appeal for Oliver was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. His lawyers also had asked Gov. Rick Perry to keep him from lethal injection for the March 1998 slaying of 64-year-old Joe Collins.

Collins was killed when he interrupted the break-in of his rural home outside Nacogdoches.

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