Man put to death in Texas for woman's 2002 slaying
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A man described as a fledgling serial killer by prosecutors was executed Thursday in Texas for a woman's slaying during a break-in at her home a decade ago.
Mario Swain, 33, received a lethal injection for killing Lola Nixon at her home in East Texas' Longview two days after Christmas in 2002. When asked by a warden if he had a final statement before his punishment, the condemned prisoner shook his head, closed his eyes and took several barely audible breaths.
Within a moment, all movement stopped. Swain was pronounced dead 30 minutes later, at 6:39 p.m. CST.
No family members or friends of Nixon were at the execution. Swain also had no relatives among the witnesses.
Swain's attorney, James Volberding, said no late attempts were made in the courts to block the execution, the 13th this year in the nation's busiest capital punishment state.
The U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to review the case, and the
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