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Texas Kills 200th Inmate Since ’82

January 13, 2000

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A man who strangled a woman and child who lived next door to him was put to death Wednesday, the 200th execution in Texas since capital punishment resumed in the state in 1982.

Earl Carl Heiselbetz Jr., 48, was executed by injection for the 1991 killings of Rena Rogers and her 2-year-old daughter, Jacy.

Strapped to a gurney before the execution began, Heiselbetz looked at his mother and father, who were watching through a window nearby, and said: ``Love y’all. See you on the other side.″

Heiselbetz had said he could not remember killing the woman and child, who were his closest neighbors in a secluded area near the Sabine National Forest in east Texas.

Mrs. Rogers and her daughter disappeared after returning home from a midmorning trip to the grocery store. Their remains were found a month later in a barn.

Prosecutors said Heiselbetz confessed after the bodies were found. They said Heiselbetz, an unemployed truck driver, had gone over to the Rogers house to make 1-900 calls for a sweepstakes and might have been caught there when the woman and her daughter came home.

Texas leads all states in executions since the Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to resume in 1976. Virginia is second with 72.

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