HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ Convicted killer Richard Andrade shunned a final statement and, despite earlier protests, ignored those who watched as he was executed early Thursday for the 1984 rape-slaying of a Corpus Christi woman.

Andrade, 25, was given a lethal injection for killing Cordelia Mae Guevara. He was pronounced dead at 12:32 a.m., nine minutes after the lethal drugs began flowing into his arms.

Strapped to a gurney, Andrade shook his head 'no' one time when asked by Warden Jack Pursley if he had any final statement. As the drugs began taking effect, he gasped, coughed and gurgled slightly. Then his eyes closed and there was no other movement.

Andrade earlier Wednesday tried to have reporters barred from witnessing the execution and sobbed for some time when his request was denied. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court denied his hand-written appeal for a stay.

Ms. Guevara, 28, the manager of the Chiquita Fajita Lounge in Corpus Christi, was stabbed at least 14 times with a pocketknife, raped and left in a pool of blood on the floor of her club in the 1984 killing.

Evidence indicated Ms. Guevara tried in vain to fight off her attacker with a ballpoint pen.

''I know this is not going to bring my sister back, but if they let him out he might do it again,'' Catalina Meza, Ms. Guevara's sister, said.

Andrade became the 10th Texas inmate to be executed this year and 20th since the state resumed executions in 1982. Both figures are the highest in the nation.

Andrade had spent less time on death row in Texas - 25 months - than any of the previous 19 inmates who were put to death since the state resumed executions in 1982.

''This was rather a short time,'' Assistant Attorney General Monroe Clayton said. ''But it was a short trial, a short record and an easy record for the appellate courts to review.''

During his trial, Andrade testified he blacked out after injecting heroin and drinking alcohol and remembered little of the night when Ms. Guevara died.

Andrade's shirt, found at the bar, contained ink stains and traces of the victim's hair. His fingerprints also were on the victim. At the time of his arrest, his body bore scratches from a pen, according to trial testimony.