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Texas Puts Killer To Death; Second State Execution In 2022

Texas put to death a man who fatally stabbed a real estate agent more than 16 years ago, the second execution this year in what has been the nation’s busiest death penalty state. Kosoul Chanthakoummane, 41, was condemned for fatally stabbing 40-year-old Sarah Walker in July 2006, the Associated Press reports. She was found stabbed more than 30 times in a model home in McKinney, north of Dallas. He offered a message to Walker's family: “I pray my death will bring them peace.”

Prosecutors say Chanthakoummane entered the model home and then beat Walker with a wooden plant stand and stabbed her before stealing her Rolex watch and a silver ring, which were never found. DNA evidence showed Chanthakoummane’s blood was found inside the model home, including under Walker’s fingernails. He had been on parole in Texas after serving time in North Carolina for aggravated kidnapping and robbery. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declined to delay Chanthakoummane’s execution after his attorneys had challenged the DNA evidence used to convict him.


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