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Man Executed in Texas

May 23, 2000

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A man was executed by injection Tuesday for gunning down a liquor store owner during a robbery in 1986.

James David Richardson, 32, insisted he was only along for the ride with two companions when Gerald Abay was shot in the neck and chest during the holdup at his store near Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas.

The two accomplices received life prison terms.

At the time of his arrest, Richardson was on parole after serving four months of a five-year prison term for burglary and robbery.

He was the 16th Texas inmate to receive lethal injection this year and the first of three scheduled for this week.

His final statement was a lengthy prayer in which he expressed love for his family and asked for forgiveness and repentance.

``Heavenly father, I truly repent, really I do,″ he said. ``Dear heavenly father, please bring me home.″

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