Texas Set to Carry Out More Executions in 2015 Than Last Year

© AP Photo / Sue OgrockiOklahoma has approved the use of nitrogen gas asphyxiation for the administration of the death penalty in case the US Supreme Court finds lethal injections - plagued by recent botched executions - to be unconstitutional.
Oklahoma has approved the use of nitrogen gas asphyxiation for the administration of the death penalty in case the US Supreme Court finds lethal injections - plagued by recent botched executions - to be unconstitutional. - Sputnik International
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Texas will perform more executions this year than in 2014 with four additional executions scheduled by the end of 2015.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Texas will perform more executions this year than in 2014, with its ninth to be carried out on Thursday and four additional executions scheduled by the end of 2015, US media reported.

“Executions are on hold in many parts of the country, but Texas is on track to carry out even more lethal injections than it did last year,” NBC News reported on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Gregory Russeau, 45, will be put to death for the killing of car-repair shop owner James Syvertson in 2011.

Texas executed 10 people in 2014, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Texas tops the list of US states carrying out executions with 526 carried out since 1976. That accounts for nearly one-third of all executions in the United States since 1976.

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