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Murderer Executed in Texas

August 11, 1999

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A ninth-grade dropout who shot a bank teller to death the day after she picked out her wedding dress was executed by injection on Tuesday.

Kenneth Dwayne Dunn, 39, was the third man executed in Texas in the last week and the 19th this year. Three more are set to die in the next eight days.

Dunn declined to make a final statement. When the warden asked whether he’s like to say anything, Dunn shook his head.

On March 17, 1980, Dunn walked into a Houston-area bank where he had been seen before as a customer. This time he was armed with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver and demanded money from each teller.

Witnesses said 21-year-old Madeline Peters, known to her friends and co-workers as ``Smiley″ and planning for her upcoming wedding, was on the phone and unaware of the robbery. When Dunn reached her window and ordered her to put cash in a bag, she responded, ``What?″

He fired, killing her with one shot to her head. He fled with almost $12,000.

``Her wedding dress was in a box open behind her,″ prosecutor Joe Magliolo recalled Tuesday.

Three months later Dunn surrendered to the FBI in St. Louis. He had been traveling the country.

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