Ku Klux Klan member executed over 1998 Texas murder

AFP/September 22, 2011

Washington -- Lawrence Brewer, a 44-year-old white man affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, was executed Wednesday for the racially-motivated murder of a disabled black man in 1998, prison officials said.

Brewer was pronounced dead at 6:21 pm local time, 10 minutes after receiving a lethal injection charged at Texas' Huntsville Prison.

His execution had been overshadowed by the controversy raging around the execution of another death row inmate in Georgia, Troy Davis, who appealed multiple times and whose case prompted international outrage.

Even Gloria Rubac of activist group the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement said Brewer was "not a sympathetic person."

Commenting on the brutal 1998 murder of 49-year-old James Byrd, Brewer told US media: "As far as any regrets, no, I have no regrets... I'd do it all over again, to tell you the truth."

Brewer and two co-defendants were convicted of torturing and killing the disabled victim by dragging him behind their truck, and later "leaving his decapitated and dismembered body to be found the following day by citizens and law enforcement officials," Texas officials said.

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