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Texas executes killer of S&L worker

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A convicted killer was executed Wednesday for the slaying of a savings and loan office worker during a robbery 22 years ago.

His voice choking with emotion, Ricky Morrow expressed love to family members.

"I am so sorry you are going through what you are now," he told three sisters who watched from a few feet away. "Thank you for having been there for me — and our father and mother. Give them a hug and give them my love."

He was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m., seven minutes after a lethal injection was administered.

Morrow, 53, acknowledged firing the shot that killed 26-year-old Mark Frazier. But the former welder, who carried a gun in each hand during the $5,500 holdup, said he shouldn't have been sentenced to die for the 1982 slaying in Dallas because the shooting was an accident.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block Morrow's execution.

The appeal argued evidence from prosecution witnesses was withheld that could have swayed jurors to vote for murder instead of capital murder. Defense lawyers disputed testimony about how the shooting occurred, Morrow's demeanor following the shooting and whether he was intoxicated or high on drugs.

"No question he got a fair trial, no question he got a fair sentence in my mind," said Dan Hagood, the former Dallas County assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case. "Ricky was a just cold-blooded killer, nothing more, nothing less."

Morrow was the 17th Texas prisoner executed this year and the fourth this month. Another execution is set for next week and six are scheduled for November.