A twice-convicted burglar acknowledged beating, raping and suffocating an elderly woman during a robbery, then laughed before he was executed by injection.

Aaron Lee Fuller, 30, was nearly exuberant in his prayers Thursday evening while being strapped to the death chamber gurney, at one point laughing before he slipped into unconsciousness."I have no bitterness toward the system," he said. "I want the victim's family to know I'm guilty of what I'm convicted. I pray they will forgive me, not for my sake but for the sake of their spirits. I have such a peace. I'm going home."

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Six minutes later, a smile still on his face, he was pronounced dead. He became the 34th inmate to be put to death in Texas this year, an ongoing record.

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