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Convict in Death of Elderly Man Executed

November 3, 2004

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A man convicted of fatally stabbing and beating a 70-year-old man was executed Tuesday night, the 19th Texas inmate put to death this year.

Lorenzo Morris, 52, made no final statement. As the lethal drugs began to flow, Morris closed his eyes, took one deep breath and sputtered twice before being pronounced dead six minutes later.

Two of victim Jesse Fields’ granddaughters and his daughter witnessed the execution. Morris’ family visited with him earlier in the day but did not attend.

Morris’ attorney, Rob Morrow, said his client requested no late appeals, hoping to spare his family any additional ``despair or upset.″

Morris already had arrests for assault, robbery, weapons and drug possession, and had served at least two prison terms, when he was arrested for stabbing Fields and beating him with a hammer while demanding money.

When Fields died nine months after the 1990 attack, Morris was charged with capital murder and convicted. He was already serving a life sentence for the robbery of a coin-operated laundry in which the clerk was shot twice but survived.

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