State of Texas executes Jamie McCoskey

Last night, September 26, 2013, the State of Texas executed Jamie McCoskey for the abduction and murder of Michael Dwyer, 21.  Some reports of the case include an accusation of rape of Michael Dwyer’s fiance who was also kidnapped at the time; however Harris County dropped the rape charge.

McCoskey’s mother testified at his trial that he had an abusive childhood that led to behavioral problems. After stints in juvenile facilities, his offenses escalated as he reached adulthood.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials have used pentobarbital as the single execution drug for more than a year now.

Read more about the case from ABC News/the Associated Press.

This was the 15th execution in Texas to date this year, out of 34 nationwide. McCoskey was sentenced in Harris County, their second execution for 2013.