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TEXAS KILLER EXECUTED

A killer who had been on death row for 17 years was executed by injection early Monday for the murder of an antique-gun collector.

Jerry Joe Bird, 54, was pronounced dead at 12:21 a.m., 12 minutes after the lethal drugs began to flow."Go ahead. Start things rolling," he said after after mouthing "Hi" to his mother. He declined to give a final statement.